Saturday, 29 September 2007

Final chapter for the travelogue. We drove by Joy of Quilting in Florence early and found that the shop would let us come in although it wasn't yet open. But at Jodi's Quilt Shop; also in Florence we were not as lucky.

The Oregon coast is one of my favourite drives; if you've not done it be prepared for lots of curves and narrow roads. The views are spectacular with a lot of easy access to beaches. There are many lighthouses along the way. One of my favourite ones is at the Coquille River, it was being worked on while we were there and I didn't take any pictures this time. Watch out for cyclists along the way.

In Newport we stopped in at Quilter's Cove This was previously Newport Quilts and Gift Store. The new staff are a lot friendlier, they offer a birthday discount of half your age! They also credit you $25.00 after spending $250!

In Lincoln City we checked out the Outlet Mall and then headed back on the road stopping at BJ's Fabrics. She has a shop in the basement of her home filled with all sorts of goodies and fabrics in every nook and crannie you can find.

Onto Tillamook, known for their cheese and ice cream with a brief stop at Jane's Fabric Patch Most of the towns along the coast are about a 30 minute drive apart. The Tillamook Cheese Factory has a great ice cream parlour always worth a quick stop.

Trash 'n' Treasures in Rockaway Beach is a fun antique shop that I've found a few treasures in before, but no luck this visit. In Wheeler I ran into Creative Quilts before we headed up to Centre Diamond in Cannon Beach This shop always has some special treasures. They have a wonderful selection of Batiks and Japanese Fabrics. They had a cute kit to make a circular bag with some antique kimono fabrics and Japanese beads.

After shopping we drove back to Tolovanna Beach and had a stroll, looking at the shorebirds and crashing surf. I had fun taking pictures before we drove up to Seaside for the evening.

Tuesday morning we woke up to clouds and headed back over the Columbia River and into Washington state. Weather improved along the way and we took a few driving breaks, heading back up to the Canadian border.

The final round trip was 5,600 km or about 3,500 miles. It was filled with lots of fun, family friends and adventures.

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