Our West Coast Adventures during 2013 travel blog

Florence Waterfront

Florence Waterfront

Florence Waterfront

Florence Waterfront

Florence Waterfront

Florence Waterfront

Florence Waterfront

Florence Waterfront

Florence Waterfront

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Road to Sea Lion Cave / Heceta Head Lighthouse

Road to Sea Lion Cave / Heceta Head Lighthouse

Road to Sea Lion Cave / Heceta Head Lighthouse

Road to Sea Lion Cave / Heceta Head Lighthouse

Road to Sea Lion Cave / Heceta Head Lighthouse

Road to Sea Lion Cave / Heceta Head Lighthouse

Road to Sea Lion Cave / Heceta Head Lighthouse

Road to Sea Lion Cave / Heceta Head Lighthouse

Road to Sea Lion Cave / Heceta Head Lighthouse

Road to Sea Lion Cave / Heceta Head Lighthouse

Road to Sea Lion Cave / Heceta Head Lighthouse

Road to Sea Lion Cave / Heceta Head Lighthouse

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave


After lunch on the Florence Waterfront, we drove north of Florence to the Sea Lion Cave and Heceta Head Lighthouse.

Sea Lion Cave - The cave system is at sea level and the ocean continually washes into the main cavern which has a floor area of about 2 acres and a vaulted rock dome about 125 feet high. Southward from the main chamber, a low passage runs 1,000 feet to a sea level opening. This corridor is flooded at high tide and free of water at low tide. The western entrance is a short, high passage through which the ocean washes at all tide levels. Lichens, algae, and mineral stains cover the cavern walls with greens, pinks, purples, buffs, and reds on the rough surfaces some of which are named Lincoln's Head, the Indian Maiden, and The Goddess of Liberty. The sea level portion of this cave and the sea cliff rocks just outside the cave have become, over the centuries, the only known mainland rookery and hauling area (wintering home) of the Stellar Sea Lion and—to a lesser extent—the California Sea Lion.

Heceta Head Lighthouse - The iconic Heceta Head Lighthouse is open again after two years of restoration. The lighthouse’s original first-order Fresnel lens and the relighting of the 1,000-watt quartz bulb with its signature of one white flash every 10 seconds took place the 8th of June. Heceta Head is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the U.S. and has the brightest light on the Oregon coast. It also has the only active British-made lens of its size in the country. The Heceta Head Lighthouse and assistant light keeper’s house (now the Heceta Head Bed and Breakfast) were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.



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