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Who doesn’t enjoy blue sky?

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

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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.

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Sea Lions Hauling Out

They complain a lot but they like to snuggle.

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Mom! He’s touching me!

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.

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Sea Lions are great rock climbers

Fall on the Oregon Coast

We took a drive to Florence, OR, for Veteran’s Day.

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Blue sky drive on Hwy 101 between Yachats and Florence

What a beautiful day it was!  I’m glad we went yesterday because today is cloudy and cold.


Off-shore winds were making some pretty spindrifts over the waves.

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Sea Lions – soakin’ up the sun

I guess the sea lions get cabin fever too.  They were all out soakin’ up the sun; either on the rocks or out in the ocean.  This is just north of Sea Lion Caves at the Heceta Head Lighthouse overlook.  The wind was just right so that we could smell their stinky breath (or bodies?) from way up on the ledge.  Imagine what they smell like in the confined space of the Sea Lion Caves!  I love watching them crawl all over each other and listen to them bark as they step on each others toes.  Other viewers cheered them on as the sea lions climbed up the cliff and hung on through the crashing waves.  How do they do it without fingers and the proper rock climbing equipment?

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