Yesterday we did some grocery shopping in Tillamook,
then scouted out some places to put our Sea Eagle in some water.
We have picked up some trail maps, but most of them
would require us to float with the tide,
and we'd need Bill & Nancy to help with that ;-)
There are a couple small lakes, and the one we were going to do today,
Cape Meares Lake, is more like part of the ocean!
There is a lot of wind, as it is right next to Tillamook bay.
We decided to keep looking for a quieter lake inland.
There are a few more places to explore nearby,
so it will happen eventually :-)
In the meantime, it was a beautiful, clear, sunny day.
Mt. Hebo is only 7 miles to the top from the hatchery.
It is a nice winding road, that meanders through Douglas Fir trees.
At the summit, about 3100', used to be the
Air Force General Surveillance Radar Station
that was active from 1956 to 1980.
There is a flat spot to the west of the station
which appeared to be a landing strip at one time.
The short walk up to that area takes you through some small wildflowers..
But it's the top..the view!
To the west..the Pacific Ocean..
It really does feel like you're on top of the world!
There are 5 mountain peaks you can see from the top..
Mt Hood, Mt Jefferson (both Oregon)..
Mt Rainier, Mt St Helens, and Mt Adams (Washington)
There was a bit of haze in the air, so the pictures didn't turn out like I wanted..
and I forgot my telephoto in the truck :-(
You can barely make out Mt Hood in the background..
It really is a terrific view from up there!
We will come back..with the binoculars, and telephoto lens :-)