Monday, July 7, 2014

Oregon Diverse - Part One

A trip, that the planning has taken over six months to realize, is finally here. Off the group goes to Oregon to see everything they can from coastal delights to the finale at the 39th Annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

This is the first part of the trip that includes: lavender, alpacas, the hunt for yarn shops, coastal sites and wonders, cool and foggy weather, whale sightings, cheese, plus lots of giggles and making new friends.

This lavender farm is WillaKenzie Lavender and has acres of lavender and alpacas, located about halfway between Portland and Lincoln City on the coast.

It took a couple days to get this sunset from our house on the coast but it was worth it.

Everyone got their own traveling pillowcase, fashioned from their favorite colors, and a special souvenir lavender sachet bag.

Coastal pictures from the southern day trip to Florence in search of clam chowder, quilt shops and yarn shops. We did some whale spotting at Devil's Punchbowl and were successful just no pictures because they were too far out.

On our northern day trip we were excited to finally find a yarn shop however it was closed on that day. Only thing to do was gaze through the window and wish we could see what a Tsunami Hat was all about.

A picture from the Tillamook Cheese Factory, a smaller operation than I thought it would be. Then we learned that the real work factory was in Eastern Oregon. It was fun to learn the history of the cheesemaking and have samples and shop in the gift shop.
All in all a great first half of our trip. We did visit three very nice quilt shops: Quilter's Cove in Newport, Wenz-Daze in Florence and Jane's Fabric Patch in Tillamook. For yarn shops we only got into A Yarn for All Seasons in Newport; all others were either closed for good or just the day we were looking for them. So elusive the yarn fibers.

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