Sea Lion Caves An Enjoyable Day Trip On the Oregon Coast
This Oregon weekend, I am happy that
you have decided to take the trip to Sea Lion Caves with us. Grab your
camera and binoculars, maybe a snack if you wish, and we are off! Our
journey will take us into Florence before getting to Sea Lion Caves. We
have chosen Eugene as our starting point because it is centrally
located for most all of our day trips. Are you ready? Then here we go.
We start our trip by
heading west on Hwy 126 the (Florence-Eugene Hwy). About 10 miles
outside of Eugene we make our first stop. Most people just drive by
Fern Ridge Reservoir. We want to stop and enjoy this beautiful sight
for a few minutes.
is a good time to talk about our philosophy on day trips. This is what
we are talking about when we say enjoy the drive as much as the
destination. When you are driving and something catches your eye, pull
over and stop. Check it out, you will be amazed at the things you will
see and enjoy. Besides, it gives you a chance to slow down and relax.
You do not have to race to your destination. As the old saying says Stop and Smell the Roses you will be glad you did.
we arrive in Florence, we decide to take a stroll along the sandy
beach. These beaches stretch for miles and are a great way to just
relax and do some beach combing. After some time at the beach, we head
north on Hwy 101. In about 11 miles, we reach our destination. Parking
is located on both sides of the street. The attraction is family owned.
can see sea lions from outside, but there is a fee to go into the cave.
After paying your fee, you will go down an elevator some 208 feet to
the cave below. There is also a gift shop for souvenirs.
cave is as tall as a 12 story building. You are not allowed to take
flash photos within the cave as it would disturb the Sea lions.
However, with a good camera you should have no problems getting good
From here, you can see our next destination. The Heceta Head Lighthouse
is just a short drive to the north. As we leave the Sea Lion Caves, we
drive through a tunnel, and then a quick right turn takes us down to
the beach parking lot just below the Lighthouse. We walk along this
beach for some more beach combing. The bag that my wife is carrying is
getting full of little goodies she has found. The tour of the
Lighthouse is not open today. It is open from Memorial Day through
We are getting ready to head back home, but we had to
stop at this viewing area to take a last look at the lighthouse and the
birds that abound here. There are more than 137 species of birds along
the Oregon Coast.
Now it’s time to head back. South
to Hwy 126 then east all the way back to Eugene. It has been a great
day. We never had to rush and we were able to see many wondrous sights.
We are glad you came along with us. Return soon for another adventure
on our Oregon Weekends.
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