Fish For Dinner Anyone?
Trip Start Mar 28, 2013
56Trip End Jul 31, 2013
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We drove through the Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area and the Suislaw National Forest on our way to Florence where we were going to the Sea Lion Caves. They are a connected system of caves that open to the Pacific Ocean where a colony of wild Stellar Sea Lions live. It's been open to the public from 1932 and since 1959 you've been able to take an elevator down 200 ft through the solid rock to see the Sea Lion's home. At the bottom you can observe the Sea Lions lounging on the rocks and swimming in and out of the caves. There is also an outside observation area where you could watch them frolicking in the ocean. It was a fun stop and the sea lions put on quite a show!
We continued on our way to South Beach State Park. It was a fairly large state park right on the ocean. It was nice, but after just staying at Sunset Bay it couldn't really compare in our minds. It did have great bike trails and a beautiful beach. There was a boys baseball team staying near us who were pretty loud and rambunctious late one night. We were really glad our kids were in bed asleep because the older man across the street came out of his tent yelling at the boys to be quiet. This of course caused the parents to yell back and it came close to becoming a brawl. We came out of the trailer to keep an eye on things, and because we're really nosy! The older man had been drinking and was swearing like crazy. Another parent stepped in and was able to calm him down and everyone finally went to bed. We haven't experienced anything like that at all on our trip. At state parks we've found just the opposite with everyone being so friendly and relaxed. It was quite a scene, one we're very glad our kids slept through!
We went for a bike ride along the beach and by the jetty into Newport and checked out the fishing pier. We watched people throwing in their nets to catch crabs and it was fun seeing what they pulled in. They were catching a lot of crabs and had a special tool to measure whether or not they were big enough to keep.
There was an RV show in town and now that we are officially "trailer people" we thought it would be fun to check it out! There was all types to go through and it is certainly tempting to upgrade! Some of the RV's that are like buses are absolutely unbelievable inside. They were crazy big and we couldn't imagine what they would be like to park. We managed to control ourselves and not buy anything but had a good time just looking around!
Next we drove around the Newport Marina and saw the fishing industry at work. It is a very busy harbour with lots of fishing boats and processing plants right there. We decided to surprise the boys and booked a fishing charter for the next morning. We spent the rest of the day biking around the campground, walking on the beach, and just hanging out. Everyone was in bed early as they had to meet on the dock at 6:30 a.m.
The boys were wide awake even before the alarm went off and were very excited to go on the fishing charter. There was 7 other fishermen as well as the Captain and a deck hand. Not knowing if the water would be rough or not and how the boys would do with seasickness Aimee sent along some Gravol just in case. The water ended up being fairly calm and the boys were fine but Bruce was glad Aimee sent the Gravol for adults as well. He didn't fair as well as the boys and "tossed his cookies" over the side of the boat a couple of times. He felt better after the medicine and they ending up having an amazing time. They reeled in 8 Rockfish and 1 Lingcod which was too small and had to be thrown back. They also saw a Grey Whale, some Porpoises, Sea Lions, and Jellyfish. They were most excited about seeing the whale and talked about it all day!
Clare and Aimee had fun just hanging out at the campground riding bikes, going for a walk, and playing at the playground. Everyone is really enjoying our time in Oregon! We're leaving the coast for a few days and visiting Portland next. We look forward to finding out how "the big city" compares to the smaller coastal towns we've visited!