There’s cheese and then there’s Tillamook Cheese. In our household we only support Tillamook Cheese because, really, all other cheese are inferior to the baby loaf. In our visit to Oregon last weekend, we decided to show our Tillamook support and take a visit/tour of the Tillamook Cheese Factory.
The factory is a tourist destination for visitors on the Oregon coast. It offers viewing of the factory floor pre- and post- aged cheese packaging. The history of the area and factory is told through photos and videos. Our favorite part was the cheese samples. Ethan actually didn’t care for them. He saved his appetite for the Tillamook Ice Cream (not a sample). He also enjoyed driving in the Tillamook Cheese Baby Loaf mobile. There is actually a real car like this. Pretty cool. Before heading back to McMinnville, we bought a few mini-loaf cheeses not found in our grocery store: smoked cheddar, garlic white cheddar, garlic chili pepper cheddar, or smoked black pepper white cheddar anyone? Delicious.
Back on the ranch, also known as Laura’s parent’s house, we kept busy helping out. We put up horse stalls in the new barn, tended the garden, and prepared a strawberry rhubarb pie. The kids played in the pool, rode Norm the horse, and the family enjoyed a mean game of croquet.
As usual, we look forward to our next visit to Oregon to visit family, ride horses, and eat cheese.
We have history of moving. A lot! Ever since we left our childhood homes in San Jose, California (Brett) and Newberg, Oregon (Laura), we’ve moved frequently for a variety of reasons. Job. Change of scenery. School. Most moves have been our decision, though, we’ve been more enthusiastic about some more than others.
So exactly how many places have we called home in the last decade? 17 to be exact.
Ethan takes some of his first hiking steps at the Tualatin Hills Nature Park in Beaverton, Oregon. This is a great park near Nike where the trails are flat and maintained. There is also a cool interpretive center. Great for kids!
Last week was my birthday and to celebrate it, as well as get out of the 100 degree Portland weather, we headed west to Seaside for fun and much cooler weather. This was Ethan’s first time to the beach, walking on the sand, and putting his feet in the ocean. Enjoy the video.
We haven’t posted a video in quite some time so we thought you’d enjoy this one. Ethan had his first birthday a couple weeks ago. Laura and I gave him a Radio Flyer wagon which we just received today. I put it together and away we went. Ethan had a great time being able to have a 360 degree view, which the stroller did not allow. We all look forward to many years of fun with the Radio Flyer.