Friday, 10 August 2012

Oregon Coast 2012: Day 7

On Day 7, We packed up our campsite and headed further down the coast.  Our first stop on the journey was some tidal pools.  We were not in the right spot.
All we saw was garbage and mud and water.  It sucked.

Seal Rock.  A rock that does not look like a seal but where seals hang out.
Everybody raves about the sand dunes in Oregon.  I don’t get the fascination with them. It’s just sand…

and more sand….

and more sand.  Finley did however draw a rainbow in the sand.
Finley sitting on the sea lion statues.

The family who owns this accidentally discovered the cave in 1932.  It is naturally forming and is open so that the sea lions can come and go as they please.  The family built stairs down to it and in 1961 and elevator was built.

Lots of sea lions

They have another area where you can walk over to.  It looks like it will be a waste of time but once you get there – tons of sea lions everywhere!!
We stopped at Strawberry hill park where we saw home sea lions.  There are lots of sea lions in Oregon!!  We stopped for lunch in Yachats at The Blue Whale.  The food was great but our waitress was really, really weird.
After lunch, we headed to the Oregon Coast Aquarium.  The girls had a blast as you can see from the photos below:

Such a happy sting ray!

Starfish: My favorite

Finley touching the star fish

Penelope’s turn


We all live in a  yellow submarine

my favorite photo from the aquarium.  Penelope had to be dragged away

The world’s largest breed of crabs
After the aquarium, we headed to Newport for some site seeing and some supper.  Here is the marina.  If I ever get a boat, I am gonna name is “Pink Granola”  What will you name yours?

NYE beach

The view from our restaurant

Steamed Mussels.  I had seared scallops that were more like boiled.  Gordon Ramsey would not be pleased.

We headed over to Beverly Beach which was where our campsite was.
The ocean was right behind us

This root was one of many buried beneath the beaches along the Oregon Coast between Newport and Neskowin.  It once supported a spruce tree, which was buried when the land suddenly dropped into the sea.  It remained preserved beneath the sand for 4100 years before surfacing and breaking free in 1998.  Violent storms washed it into the mouth of Spencer Creek in 1999.

A nice evening ocean walk before bed

A great way to end our first week of vacation

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