The third stop was at Sea Lion Cave. This probably was the most interesting spot I visited today. Sea Lion Cave is the largest of its kind in the world. It is impressive indeed. It was difficult to get a good photograph because part of the cave is quite dark and part of it receives sunlight. There are two large rocks -- one in semi-darkness and the other in light -- where the sea lions rest.
An elevator takes visitors down 208 feet to the cave in about 50 seconds. The elevator shaft was blasted from solid rock of the cliff. The shaft was cleared from the bottom up and the rock emptied into the ocean in the cave. All work was done in the spring months when the sea lions were not in the cave. The work took three years and was completed in 1961.
I really liked the sculpture, "Stellar Sea Lion Family" (actual size) by Ken Scott, September 22, 1902. It was commissioned to commemorate fifty years of dedication to the preservation of the Sea Lion Cave and the varieties of marine wildlife that live here in freedom.
After leaving Sea Lion Cave, I drove to Lakeshore RV Park, four miles south of Florence, to spend the night.