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April 16th 2018
Published: May 4th 2018
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As expected the weather on the Oregon coast is poor but we nevertheless manage to have a good day here with some excellent wildlife viewing even if it isn't the best day for outdoor activities.

Just south of the appropriately named Pacific City and right by the road is a blowhole and with the sea rough today it is blowing nicely. Further south we stop off at Cape Foulweather which was named by Captain Cook after encountering stormy weather here. The weather today isn’t great for views but we do catch a glimpse of 2 grey whales cruising just off the head.

We pay entry to see the Yaquina Head area. The lighthouse has tours but these are all booked up but we walk around the headland and see the discovery centre which has some interesting exhibits on the local wildlife and the history of the lighthouse.

Top sight for the day though has to be Seal Caves. You take a lift 100ft down into a sea cave where there are a hundred or so Stella Sea Lions resting on the rocks. Stella are the largest of the local Sea Lions. In bad weather, such as today, there

Seal caves
are actually more in the cave as they like shelter here. The setup here is excellent - the tourist area of the cave is open to but separated from the main cave where the seals are, so it is a natural environment and you have a good view without feeling that you are intruding. Pictures are a little hard to take as the light isn’t great but a couple turn out OK.

Tonight is our first proper RV park after 3 nights of free camping so with 110v electricity can charge all our devices, fill up with water and dump the rv waste water tanks. First time I’ve had to do this but it’s not too hard or messy.


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Seal caves


Yaquina Heads lighthouse


Windy day on the Oregon coast


View from Cape Foulweather



There are whales here


Blowhole near Pacific City


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