Parked in Florence, Oregon


This morning the weather was clear and cool, a few clouds hung over the Pacific many miles out.  We had a pleasant walk on the beach after breakfast and watched the breakers hit the beach.

We talked a passing beachcomber into taking our picture.

Then, off down the road for something new.

Off of that far point is the famous lighthouse near Newport, Oregon, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.  Praxy had never toured a lighthouse before and wanted to stop in for a good look.  We spent 3 1/2 hours near the lighthouse, it was beautiful. 

There are thousands of birds, seals, and tidal pools to look at.  I could have spent much longer.  They had a tour of the lighthouse at noon.  We decided to be first in line, the tour looked to be popular.

The line grew quickly as we waited, then two young ladies dressed in 1900’s style clothing showed up.  We were admitted and then allowed to climb the 510 stairs in groups of about 10.  This is the lamp, a 4 inch flame can be seen 19 miles out!  Of course it is now electricity, a 1000 watt bulb.  Each lighthouse has it’s own pattern, this one is 2 seconds on, 2 seconds, off, two seconds on, then 14 seconds off. 

 

Looking down the the parking area.  We are parked on the road leading out.  Parking for RV’s is extremely limited.  The visitor’s center is about 1/4 mile away.  We were lucky to get parked close by.

 

The guide in the upper room explains the workings of the lighthouse to our group.

Looking down the spiral staircase.  We are about 1/2 way back down when I stopped for this picture.  The spiral is tight near the top and you can’t see the bottom very well.  We couldn’t spend as much time look around as I’d have liked.  The stairway is restricted to a few people at a time and I felt guilty about dawdling with all the people waiting below.

Then off south again.

The bride at Newport.

Scenery along the way.

Next stop was Seal Lion Caves.  This is a large natural grotto near of the the few Stellar Sealion breeding rookeries on the mainland of north America. 

The elevator.  In the background can be seen another lighthouse, at Haceta Head.

 

The cave loaded with sealions.  You get to view this after a 200’ elevator ride.  Until the ‘60’s, people had to descend a wooden staircase to see the interior of the cave.

The rookery seen from high above.  They almost always are quarreling or arguing.  The bulls can weigh over a ton, the females are 500-700 lbs.  Impressive.  It must take a lot of salmon to feed one of these.

We passed through Florence and parked for the night.  While preparing for dinner, Praxy noted a couple of woodpeckers nearby.  I shot a couple of nice photos of a mama feeding a fledgling. 

They were quite tame.  I don’t have my birdbook with me (bummer) but I believe these might be Downy or Hairy woodpeckers.

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About Ken

I am a federal employee that loves to travel. I don't get any time off during the busy salmon tagging season, March through November. So, I save my leave and explore the warmer parts of the world during the winter.
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