One of my all-time favorite things to do in the summer is to take my family to the Tillamook County June Dairy Parade! This year was the 66th Annual June Dairy Parade. The theme was Tree, Streams & Dairy Dreams. The parade starts at 11:00am and typically lasts about an hour and a half!

There are many good spots to sit, so make sure you are there at least an hour before the parade starts in order to stake your claim on the perfect seat for you and your family! The parade route starts at 11th street by Tillamook PUD and ends at Goodspeed Park on 3rd St.  At the parade, you can expect to see Forest Service vehicles with Smokey the Bear, log trucks that have been detailed and loaded with giant logs,  the Bennett Family Farm float and Model-T cars that…

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Are you looking for a unique and exciting way to explore the stunning beauty of the Pacific Northwest? Nestled in the charming coastal town of Garibaldi, The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad offers a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors of all ages. Hop on board and embark on a delightful journey from Garibaldi to Rockaway Beach - OR - Rockaway to Garibaldi!

This 90 minute round trip excursion takes you through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the region. Travel along the coastline and see several historic Coast Guard Stations, including the iconic Tillamook Bay US Coast Guard Boathouse known as Pier's End, glimpses of the Bay Ocean spit, an abundance of wildlife and the famous three arches!

Take a step back in history and enjoy this…

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If American history is of interest to you and you’re headed to Oceanside here's something you should take the time to check out: tucked back in the woods up on the hill East of Radar Road in Oceanside (above Short Beach) are remnants of a WWII early warning air defense radar station. 

Through a some online research, it appears to be Station B-25 (SCR-270 radar). This was one of a chain of 65 stations built along the Pacific Coast during WWII -- all for the same purpose. It was in use from 1942-1944. It no longer has a roof, doors, or guns, but the remaining structure is enough to get your imagination going. The trail to get up there resembles an elk trail, but it's worth the short walk (less than 10 minutes) through the brush/woods to see it!

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My favorite beach in all of Oregon is a little out of the way and not easily discovered.  It's Short Beach, just 1.3 miles north of Oceanside, Oregon. There is a sign posted for it and if you see the Radar Road sign, you have just passed it. The staircase type trail is located at the top of the trailhead and consists of about 190 steps before you get to the beach.

It is not named after the length of the beach, some believe it's named after the person that discovered it.  To enjoy it to the fullest, I would suggest going during a very low tide to see the tide pools, caves, hunt for agates, surf fish and harvest mussels. You might find other special rocks like petrified wood, jasper, calcite, quartz and zeolite.  There is a large waterfall that…

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