We left my aunt Zelma's in Florence early this afternoon and decided to stop at the Sea Lion Caves. It's only a few miles north of Florence on the Oregon Coast, and I hadn't been since I was a kid. My mom decided she wanted to come along too so we caravanned to the RV parking lot and met up to see sea lions together.
You walk down about 100 feet to an elevator that takes you another 200 feet down into the cave. This is the largest sea cave in the world, apparently.
This is the path to the viewpoint...the path to the elevator is basically the same...off to the right.
This is taken from a cool spot in the cave with a view of the Heceta Head lighthouse:
In the winter, there are MANY more sea lions in the cave, and my mom said it's so loud with all their barking and mooing that you can barely hear yourself talk. You can stand here and watch the sea lions come in and out:
We all headed up to Newport and met up again for some shrimp/fish/scallops and chips for lunch, and then we peeled off with the Airstream and headed to I-5 while my mom took the longer, more scenic route home in her motor home (adding a leisurely extra day to her trip...fun!)