This is the Pacific Coast Cranberry Research Station which used to be affiliated with Washington State University. When it was closed in 1992, local cranberry farmers for Ocean Spray took over and have been harvesting ever since. They have a great little museum full of old harvesting equipment and tools.
When I pulled into the parking lot, I was greeted by this little barky guy!! What a cutey ... I bet he could be heard a mile away!! The main reason I stopped is for a geocache. It's under the rhododendron bush ... but they had about EIGHT bushes!! I went inside to ask about it, but the sweet lady had no idea what I was talking about.
Eager to know why she had seen people in the bushes, she followed me outside while I explained all about the cool places and amazing history you can discover while geocaching. I found the container and she helped me with the log before replacing it. We may just have another convert!
From the museum, you can take a little walking tour down to the fields. These vines grow for 50 years or more she said. I was so surprised when I first came here to see these vines only 8-10 inches tall. I was SURE those guys were waist deep in water. When ready to harvest, the fields are flooded and machines run through the vines to strip the cranberries, which float because they are mostly hollow in the middle.
Not quite ready for harvest, these beds were full of berries!! Here's an interesting note ... the Washington berries are darker red than any other, so Ocean Spray mixes them with berries from back East which are pink, to make a better looking product.
I'm a big cranberry fan ... I have them on salad practically every single day. There's lots of yummy cranberry things for sale in the museum, with just a few here that I picked up. Quick bread, a mix to make scones and jalapeño cranberry jelly, with some cranberry taffy just for good measure.
Back at the rig, I made the cranberry nut streusel quick bread. WOW!!! You have to try this one. It's orange cranberry flavored and perfect for breakfast or even dessert!!
There is one thing about staying this far North ... AT&T's tower is quite a distance away and service yesterday was terrible. While in the rig, I used Anderson's free WiFi for cellular service, like maps, Facebook and geocaching. I turned off everything I could so nothing would be running in the background taking up bytes. While doing that, I accidentally turned ON the wrong thing. Data Roaming. The entire day I couldn't get anything to load. Frustrated, I spent two hours back home trying to figure it out.
FINALLY, when I turned roaming OFF, everything came up that I had needed all day long ... like the geocaching site. It was all my own fault!! Having spent so much time on that and with nothing to cook for dinner, I drug out the old standby .. frozen hotdogs. Here was my wonderful gourmet dinner. It was actually pretty good and I didn't burn or cut anything I wasn't supposed to.
There hasn't been any wind to speak of, with overcast skies all day long, so when the sun came out about 7:00 pm, I trotted off to the beach with my camera. The tide was way out as it's been negative for several days. It's amazing to see just how far out the sand bars go before you hit the water's edge. It would be perfect for surfing, but the rip tides are extreme here. At any rate, that made for some awesome pictures, which I will show you tomorrow.