We had planned on visiting the Sea Lions Cave just north of Florence, so headed out in the rain, fully prepared to be awestruck by this amazing display of nature.
Turns out that there are NO sea lions or seals in the cave this time of year. Apparently the bulls head up to Alaska for a spell, and the females and their young stay out in the ocean and fill up on fish in anticipation of the winter. They don’t actually come back into the cave until sometime in December.
This lookout is also one of the best to look for gray whales, but we didn’t see any.
On to the sand dunes. Our campground is close to the famous Oregon dunes – the ‘Himalayas of Sand’. It is quite a phenomenon. Picture a ski hill, but take away the snow, and replace it with sand. Very cool!
In the evening, we took a tour into the Port of Siuslaw, and toured ‘Old Town', which had many eclectic shops and seafood restaurants. Quite nice.
But – it is pouring, pouring, pouring rain. We have had about enough of this, and are considering moving away from the slower coastal tour, and moving inland to the I-5 to see if we can outrun the rain, and get into warmer, dryer weather. We’re planning our itinerary tonight. Stay tuned!