I guess even sea lions get cabin fever now and then. Give them blue sky and calm seas and you may see them outside of Sea Lion Caves; north of Florence, Oregon, on Highway 101. Just north of the caves there is a pullout; the vantage point for the “most photographed lighthouse on the Oregon Coast”. The lighthouse keeper’s house is a bed and breakfast: Heceta Head Lighthouse
Park your car, get out and listen. If you can hear the sea lions barking, look over the rock wall to the cliffs below. These are a mix of California and Stellar Sea Lions.
They complain a lot but they like to snuggle.
On the other side of the cliff, closer to the caves, another group of sea lions climb the steep cliff; hugging the side to get to the top.
Aside from the beautiful view of the lone lighthouse on the point, we stop here to listen and watch the sea lions (at the bottom of the photo). By the way, this is on Highway ONE-oh-ONE on the Oregon Coast.
I love how they lay all over each other. They look so comfortable in spite of the rough, hard, rocks they use for nap-matts.
Although the large number of sea lions in the group amazes me, I like to look at each ONE. I’ll find the history on the 3 brands I found. I saw 3 or 4 more but couldn’t get the whole brand. I like the expression on the one at the top of the above photo. It makes me think of the sound that Scooby-Doo makes when someone says something silly.
Of course the sea lion mom has to focus on the ONE; after all, she IS a mom! But for the pup, she is the only ONE that matters.
It was 50F today! Not bad for the first day of winter!
We grabbed a sandwich from Subway and ate it at Bob Creek Wayside, between Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and Heceta Lighthouse. A couple seals were feeding in the cove and kept an eye on the beach-walkers.
Lots of seafoam and clouds remain from the storm that blew through last night.
Some pretty good wave-action too.
Beautiful view of Baker Beach from the top of the hill coming down from Sea Lion Caves on Hwy 101.
Okay, I’d heard it rained a lot in Oregon. But when I think of “raining a lot” I think of the non-stop, no break in the clouds type of rain.
Although that certainly does happen here, it’s not the norm. Yesterday it was just showers with peaks of blue sky!
We packed a picnic lunch and headed south to checkout the work that’s been done in the campgrounds. One of our favorite spots on the central Oregon coast for a “picnic” (ie, sandwich in the truck) and whale watching is Bray’s Point. (Now if this gets too crowded I’m going to stop blogging!)
That photo is looking north over Bob Creek. We like Bob Creek for tidepooling and fishing and mussels.
Here’s the view to the south from Bray’s Point. I can see why businesses are named Silvery Surf this or that.
We always stop (if there’s a parking spot) at the Heceta Head Lighthouse overlook just north of Sea Lion Caves.
All the sea lions must have been in the cave yesterday because we didn’t even see any playing in the surf; let alone on the rocks below.