Today we drove about 30 miles to a small town called Florence, Oregon. We went to visit the Sea Lion Caves and to see the Heceta Head Lighthouse nearby. The Sea Lion Caves (the world's largest Sea Caves) are located about 11 miles north of Florence and offers an awesome view of Sea Lions in their natural habitat. It is a bit of a walk to the elevator which takes you down about 200 - feet. . The world's largest sea cave is the home of the wild Steller Sea Lion, primarily during the fall and winter months and is called the hauling area. The rock ledge below the lookout located just outside the cave is their home during the spring and summer, and is where they breed and bear their young. Sea lions live at Sea Lion Caves year round.
The cave is the height of a 12 - story building and stretches the length of a football field. The sea lions were barking loud and were all over the rocks and swimming in the water. They don't allow flash pictures so the pictures are a bit dark, but you can get a good idea of what we saw. It was amazing!
You could see the Heceta Head Lighthouse from the caves about two miles away. We drove down 101 for a closer view. The lighthouse is one of the most photographed on the Oregon coast. The light at the top of a 56-foot tower was illuminated in 1894; the automated beacon, seen 21 miles from land, is rated as the strongest light on the Oregon coast. It was not open for tours, so we had to enjoy it from a distance.
When we got home our yard was filled with ducks and tons of birds in the bay. What a life!! More later from Winchester Bay.