This must have been one of our most fun days along the Oregon Coast. We drove up to Sea Lion Caves first thing in the morning. This looks and feels like a tourist trap but actually is a really cool place to see Sea Lions and sea birds. From the top of the cliffs, you take an elevator down 200 feet into a cave where you can see sea lions hanging out. There are lots of viewing places both inside and outside the caves.
Liza was excited to see Pigeon Guillemots -- a very cool sea bird that breeds there.
After the Caves, we headed back to camp. I packed up while the kids and Greg did one more foray out to the dunes. And, then we headed on south again.
The drive down Highway 1 in Oregon is simply beautiful. We loved it. One of our favorite family spots is the West Coast Game Park. It's a walk-thru wild animal park/petting zoo. You get to interact with a lot of animals . . . especially baby animals such as lions and tigers and ferrets (oh my!)
Once we left there, we started looking for a good place to camp for the night. We were hoping to be near the beach but it was very windy and we couldn't find a good spot. We passed some beautiful beaches and finally couldn't stand it. We stopped at a really beautiful one and had a great time, despite the high winds!
The wind was so strong it blew the sand right out of my shoe!
We eventually settled on a campground at Brookings, OR. It was on the Jetty at the port. We paid $20 for a spectacular view with no hookups. We saw sea lions, seals, pelicans, cormorants, grebes, and gulls. It was gorgeous! We enjoyed some champagne, smoked salmon, and amazing cheese for appetizers while watching this spectacular sunset!