Day 3 of our Epic trip to the Pacific Northwest was a day of traveling, punctuated by little stops here and there as we drove north on Highway 101. We saw beautful ocean views, crossed so many unique bridges, and stopped at the Sea Lion Cave, where we saw the sea lions in their home- and passing whales! It was a long day of driving, with not the best of endings- but no trip is complete without a few bumps along the way that you can laugh about later.
We started the day at the foggy ocean side. 🙂
On the trek up the 101 we saw so many interesting and beautiful sights!
My favorite place that we stopped at was at the Sea Lion Caves! It is America’s largest sea cave- a naturally formed underground cavern accessible by elevator- (or by the ocean if you are a sea creature). In the cave we are 35 feet above sea level and 300 feet below U.S Highway 101. That is where we saw a lone sea lion too young to mate relaxing in the cave, which is a magical place, and at the scenic out look (also in the cave) we were able to view the Heceta Head Lighthouse and an elderly sea lion sunbathing. The Heceta Head Lighthouse is viewable from all around the caves. It was built in 1894 and they claimed it as the most photographed lighthouse in the world.
Before we left the Sea Lion caves, we went to the outlook area and saw the rest of the sea lions on the rookery (outside rock ledges) sunbathing and generally having a good time. This is also where we saw WHALES in the OCEAN! I still can’t believe it. I didn’t get a good picture of one, but I managed to capture a glimpse of one on film – it’s included in the video at the beginning of the blog. Gorgeous area. I wish we had even more time there, but we had to dash!
It was a long drive after the caves- we stopped for dinner at ‘Flashbacks Fountain & Grill’ for more comfort food after a long day, and then watched a gorgeous sunset before traveling hours more to Cannon Beach, Oregon. We ended up with a speeding ticket (a word to the wise- watch the speed limits as you enter small towns on the highway! It goes from 40’s to 20’s in the blink of an eye!) and then we got locked out of our hotel, causing us to have to find another one in the few hours before midnight. What a mess!
Here’s Day 1 and Day 2:
The rest of our trip is coming soon!