Thursday morning Jill and I flew up to Portland so we could watch the BYU Lacrosse games this weekend against Oregon State and Oregon. We had some time before the 7:00pm game in Corvallis... so we took a nice ride out to the Ocean and drove down the coast before heading back in toward OSU and the BYU Game.
The first stopping point - after a great drive over the mountains... was Tillamook. So we just *had to* stop by at the Tillamook Cheese Factory. I know, sounds dorky... but it was great. We were able to watch the entire process and learn how Tillamook Cheddar Cheese makes it to our store shelves.
They process 1.9 million pounds of milk every day - 365 days a year. (the cows don't seem to need vacations) We bought some nice cheeses in the factory store - I really liked the 2-year aged - which makes it very 'sharp'. The factory floor was FAST - processing lots and lots of cheese! For a quick look on how to make cheese...
Then down the coast - well just in from the coast most of the way - Stopping at a couple of places to take some pictures. These were overlooking some rocks covered with Sea Lions - but too far away to see more than just 'bugs moving' - but we were over 500 feet above the Pacific Ocean.It was a beautiful drive - but felt like it is a long way away from the world - that and it's fairly 'old' and run down a bit.
Then on to the huge metropolis of Corvallis Oregon - ok, not so huge - only 50k and 20k of those were students at OSU.
The BYU team totally out-classed the OSU Beavers.
They were up 12-0 at half time when Coach Lamb started to put in all the players who get less playing time. Brent took an illegal hit to the head... the guy got a three-minute penalty. Then later in the game was ejected for more unsportsmanlike conduct.
Then today we went for a drive back up to Portland to go to the LDS Temple there, and to see the Willamette Falls and Locks.
The drive turned from a 70 minute to over 2 hours - lots of traffic. The Temple as beautiful and the session pretty good. Then on our way to the falls, we stopped at one of those view spots on the side of the freeway... glad we did. We couldn't make it any closer to the falls - it is all industrial there, and the locks were closed. So we got some dinner then drove back down to Corvallis.
Tomorrow is the BYU -vs- OU game at 1:00pm - then back to Portland for a flight to Vegas to meet with Karrissa for her Birthday on Sunday.