Side Note: Google says the world's largest oyster is 13" long and 6" wide, found by Richard Mesce in Humboldt Bay, California.
Our friends, Mark, Andi, Sean and Jessica had arrived in Manzanita on Thursday, so by the time we arrived Friday evening, the party was already underway. Once Joel and I were settled, we all walked down to El Mariachi Loco to get some dinner. The food was great, our drinks strong, and the service excellent. Andi tells us this is a popular spot for dinner and we could tell why! Give it a try if you are ever in the area.
|Birthday shots for the Birthday Boy|
Saturday morning, Joel and I woke up early for a morning run on the beach. Joel was a bit sceptical of how enjoyable this activity might be, but was quickly won over. I love running on the beach because the soft surface is easier on my shins and the scenery keeps me from boredom. When we turned around after reaching 2.5 miles, Joel pointed out that my footprints were in a perfectly straight line. It looked like a person with one leg was hopping down the beach. Joel's foot prints looked like a duck went for a run in tennis shoes. These observations kept us entertained for much longer than they should have.
|It was a great morning for a run on the beach.|
After stuffing ourselves with breakfast, we headed down to the Tilamuck Cheese factory, in the city of Tilamuck, of course! Even though Joel and I have been here before, we had a great time. I don't know what is about watching things move around on conveyor belts, but I could watch it for ever. Joel was especially excited for the bin of scrap cheese. Tilamuck packages up all the little scraps of cheese cut off the larger blocks and sell them at "amazing prices", according to Joel. He bought so much cheese and is so excited for all the grilled cheese sandwiches, cheeseburgers and gourmet sandwiches in his future. We treated our selves to some ice cream and then hit road to our next destination of the day.
|This where they put the carefully weighed cheese into the packaging.|
|Those are almost 50 lb blocks of cheese!|
|Joel could have watched them forever!|
|Free cheese? Yes, please!|
|Joel and his cheese!|
|Time for some ice cream!|
|Joel, Me, Jess, Sean, Andi and Mark|
|The water was pretty cold!|
|I'm not really sure what was happening here... silly friends!|
|Andi watching Chloe dig herself to China.|
|It isn't a trip to the beach without one picture of your own feet in the sand!|
|Joel loves to drive, seriously, he loves it.|
|These were sooooo good!|