Our 200 mile day trip

Trip Start Jun 29, 2012
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Trip End Jul 30, 2012


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Sunday, July 22, 2012

We decided to do a marathon day today and drove South from Lincoln City to Florence, Oregon in search of sand dunes.  It was supposed to be a 160 mile round trip drive but we were following a map that was incorrect so we ended up going 20 miles out of our way so we had a 200 mile day instead :)Lance has never seen sand dunes so we headed towards the biggest ones on the coast at Oregon Dunes State Park. We made our way down the sand dunes - me at a slow pace, Lance and Roxie running downhill kicking sand up behind them. Before heading out we talked with a few rangers and they said the dunes were loaded with different plants and animals.  Sure enough, we saw a banana slug and a coyote pup on the trails.  The coyote pup was tucked into some plants on the side of the trail and neither of us noticed it until we were about 5 feet from it - Roxie didn't even notice it.  "What the hell is that?!" Lance asked, then it bolted from the bushes up the trail ahead of us and kept looking back at us as it continued on the trail.Another stop was the Sea Lion Caves.  Sea lions spend the entire year at this location on the coast because they not only have a great beach which to fish off, but also a huge cave to take cover when inclement weather challenges them.  A male seal lion averages 1300 pounds, females 700 pounds and pups at birth 40-50 pounds. The bummer of the day was that the elevator that goes down to the cave was out of order so we didn't get to see that hidden part of the sea lions life :(We drove through Historic Newport which offered views of multiple fishing vessels and canneries then headed out to The Devils Punch Bowl.  This is a rock formation which, at the right time of day, spouts ocean water into the air ... but we were there at low tide so no luck in seeing the spouting rock.  We hope you enjoy the picture of the rock with the hole in the middle of if :)  We also stopped at Oregons oldest lighthouse which still uses the original lens!As we drove the scenery changed.  The clouds came in and the wind started to pick up which provided some great photo opps.We are truly enjoying this adventure.  The cool Oregon coast weather is wonderful - we get to wear jackets at night because it gets so darn chilly!Tomorrow is a down day.  Time to relax and do some laundry.
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