Journey to Alaska Episode 03
Join us in “Our 2019 Journey to Alaska Episode 03”, where we travel to Florence, Oregon, check out some pretty cool Sea Lions and smoke some Trout.
We are back on the coast enjoying the “warmer” weather, the ocean and sunshine! It is no secret that we really love Oregon! This trip is proving to be very exciting so far. Continue joining us until we complete our journey to Alaska and back this summer.
We visited the Oregon coast for the first time during the summer of 2018 and instantly fell in love with the laid back lifestyle of the coast. There are fewer people than the Southern California Coast we’ve visited many times. San Diego is one of our favorite “vacation” spots and back before we went fulltime in our RV we tried to visit there every summer.
Florence is a small historic town along the central coast of Oregon at the mouth of the Siuslaw River. Walk along the boardwalk and you might catch incoming fishing boats. Eat some fresh chowder, shop the boutiques and indulge in fine local dining at riverfront restaurants (some are even dog-friendly!) that fill the city’s Historic Old Town district.
Looking across the river you’ll see huge sand dunes in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. There are more than forty miles of coastal sand along the open ocean and in some spots, you can drive right onto the beach.
The historic bridges in Oregon are just amazing! They are huge and just a stunning site to see. When visiting Florence, there are many things to do from visiting the Sea Lion Caves, getting up close and personal with The Heceta Head Lighthouse or getting sprayed by the sea at Devils Churn, a narrow inlet rock outcropping on the Pacific Coast, just to name a few!
Check out our photo gallery and all the photos from our trip to Oregon last year.
Sea Lion Caves
We’ve not had a chance before to visit the sea lion caves but we made sure they were on our list this trip. Located about 11 miles north of Florence on Hwy 101 the cave and sea lions are a must see. We took a little side trip this time to see these amazing wild animals in their own habitat. It was $14.00 per adult to enter the cave when we visited but check their website for updated pricing.
The Sea Lion Cave is America’s largest natural sea lion cave but the sea lions aren’t always there. They come and go as they please and are protected wild animals. It was really neat to see them in their own habitat.
We were told there were around 100 Sea Lions in the cave the day we visited. I was afraid we wouldn’t see any. There were a bunch in there just chilling on the rocks and fishing for their meal. It was a really neat experience and we are glad we didn’t pass them up this time around.
On the Road Again
Heading up to the northern part of the coast next towards Manzanita as our journey to Alaska continues. On the list to see while we are there is Nehalem Bay State Park, Rockaway Beach, Cannon Beach (always a must see) and then the sleepy village of Cape Meares home to the shortest lighthouse on the coast.
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