|Cape Perpetua, where the trees go right to the Ocean|
|There was a trail that took you right down to Devil's churn|
|The children thought it was funny to have to look out for "sneaker waves"|
|Right next to the action, water looking like milk|
|Rather violent sprays all around!|
The rain forced us to move on. Walking in the bitter wind and cold was doable but when rain was added to the mix, it would have just been miserable. We did stop at Sea Lion Caves. The walk to the "entry point" was short. An elevator took us from the cliff top right down to the cave level where there was a viewing hole to the caves where the sea lion colony was. Prior to the elevator construction, visitors had to hike a trial and then descend 135 steps enclosed in a wooden tower perched along the cliff side. We were admiring the sea lions on the rocks when we noticed that there were numerous in the churning surf. Sea lions in the water! Once we got up to the top of the cliff, we could then identify the little black blobs in the foam of white!
|A closer look|
|Plenty in the violent surf too!|
|The old entrance...|
|The view out of the northern end of the tunnel where the old entrance was|
|The view down from the cliff top|
|If you look close enough, you could see small heads of seals bobbing in the foam|
The Oregon Dunes are a unique area on the Oregon Coast where the black rock has given way to sand from the millions of years of erosion. These are the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America. However, when we arrived, the rain was absolutely pelting down and we had to let go of the idea of going on the dune buggies much to everyone's disappointment.
We continued on with our drive and finally arrived at the port town of Bandon. We chose to dine at Foley’s Irish Pub at the quaint old town area. We were not sure if it was because the food was familiar, but the shepherds pie and bangers and mash were delicious! The comfort food was well appreciated by the whole family in the bleak weather.
|Many many bridges and the occasional bursts of sunshine!|
|Yeah I'll happily skip the camping thanks|
|The fattest ducks and geese I've seen|
|Our accommodation right by the Ocean|
|Yummy. Bangers and mash|