Today started out overcast but turned into a beautiful mild, sunny day – can’t ask for anything better than this considering we are on the Oregon coast and not in the sunny, warm south.
We decided this morning to head north to the sea lion caves as they were supposed to be open yesterday after being closed all week for their annual elevator maintenance. Well, I guess if I had been smart I would have checked their web page but didn’t, so it was only when we got there we learned that the elevator still wasn’t working – darn, and the fellow said it would be at least Wednesday before it is back in business.
We drove a mile north from there to the Hecta Head Lighthouse parking lot but decided to just enjoy it from a distance rather than hiking up to the lighthouse, then we headed south. We stopped a small viewing area between the lighthouse and sea lions caves and lo and behold there were hundreds of sea lions on the beach and up on the rocks, so even though we couldn’t get into the caves and see them up close and personal we did see lot of them on the beach. Even from the viewing area the smell was pretty strong and the noise from them was very loud so I can only imagine what it would be like in the cave!
Hecta Head Lighthouse
We then headed south, about as far as we had headed north, to Coos Bay for a quick stop at Wal Mart then on to Shore Acres State Park to enjoy their holiday lights. This is a walk through display with over 275,000 lights, most of them being L.E.D’s. The cost to enjoy this stunning display was $3 for parking and the displays were gorgeous, and included some animated ones - it reminded us of the displays at Waterloo park and Niagara Falls only here there was no snow and it was cold but not freezing!
Holiday Lights at Shore Acres
When we got back John barbecued burgers for a quick dinner and now it is catch up time for my bog.
And so ends another great gift of a day here on the Oregon Coast and we look forward to another nice day tomorrow.