Bill and I have had two adventure filled days. We are still on the Oregon coast but planning to be in California by Friday.
Yesterday, we began our day by driving to Newport, a small town on the coast. We went to Yaquina Head to see the sea lions, the many bird species and the biggest lighthouse on the coast.
This morning we were up early to take a walk on the beach. Bill was determined to swim in the Pacific Ocean and so he put on his bathing suit. He walked out, up to his knees, and then, due to one large wave was soaked up to his waist! At that point, he turned around and scurried back to shore. So much for a dip in the ocean.
The sea lions are abundant in the area of Newport and are readily seen by viewing them from the park. They are large mammals, especially the males. And according to the guide, the females much prefer to mate with the biggest males. They are not monogamous and each male will mate with 20 or more females!
pictures of the birds were also taken in Newport. These birds are called common murres and they typically nest at the top of high rocks in the ocean. There were hundreds of them. Unfortunately, we did not get to see other species such as falcons, puffin birds. We did spot some bald eagles but could not get a picture (like Marcel seems to do).
The close up pictures of the sea lions are from the Sea Lion Caves, which is located in Florence, Oregon which we visited today. Old Florence is a great place to walk, do some shopping and eat ice cream. While eating my ice cream, I saw an elderly gentleman standing beside the oldest car I have seen and asked him if I could take a picture. He was very friendly and accommodating. The car was a 1916 roadster. He told me, in detail, about each part on the car, from the wipers to the engines, to the wheels, to the lights, to the fenders and so on and on and on...........I now know a whole bunch about 1916 roadsters!
From here, we drove to Dunes City, which is named for
the many dunes in the area. It is a very small town with a population of 1500 but people are attracted to it because the beach is entirely made of huge sand dunes. We drove into an area which had access to the dunes and began the trek up the hill in sand that is soft, warm and your feet sink in with each step. We both made it to the top and again, the view was spectacular. Coming down was a lot easier.
Tonight we are staying in Coos Bay and plan to visit a ghost town tomorrow. We are not sure what will come after that, but it really doesn’t matter..............whatever looks interesting. Till next time....
Did you know that there are very few coffee shops here that have decaf coffee and we have been drinking Americano which is simply watered down espresso, sounds much more exotic than it really is!
Can you tell that I am loving Oregon?
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