Trip Start Sep 02, 2007
8Trip End Sep 13, 2007
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Various sources had led us to believe that the winds dominating much of our Oregon experience were less forceful in the morning. So we began our day with a walk on the beach. Again, the wind whipped up the sand and pelted our bodies with millions of small sandy grains. My hair tangled, and we struggled to remain upright. After being blown up and down the beach, we packed up the car and left Gold Beach for our next destination - Newport.
The four-hour drive led us through numerous sites. The most boring being the sand dunes covering the coast of central Oregon; mile after mile of sand and no ocean to be seen. The monotony left us struggling to stay awake. Fortunately once past the dunes, we had great things to see and do:
SEA LION IRONY
An important tourist stop on this journey is the Sea Lion Caves in Florence, Oregon. I fondly remember seeing these sea caves on a previous trip down the coast and had built them up to Bill as we planned for our holiday. We arrived at the caves to find out that the sea lions were not in the cave today, but were out wherever sea lions go to kick back and relax with their buddies.
Now for the irony - when checking in to our hotel this evening, we were given instructions for a white sound machine in our room. Why a white sound machine?
Tonight we experienced a first and initiated ourselves into true northwestern culture. It was a little intimidating, awkward in our mouths and if not done right could have landed us in the hospital. We swallowed our first oyster shooter. For the unfamiliar, an oyster shooter is a shot glass filled with a raw oyster and cocktail sauce. Lemon and crackers are offered on the side. According to our local guide, you take the shot glass containing the mixture and drink up. Though a little odd, the oyster was delicious and quite fresh (the harbor was right across the street). We will both try it again if we can be sure the oysters are this fresh.
DINO TOURIST TRAP
Bill loves dinosaurs. Today we happened upon a memorable tourist site made just for my darling husband.
Each beast was created based on fossils found around the world.
As Midwesterners tidal highs and lows boggle our mind. For so much of Oregon coastal life tides influence not only recreation, but also many livelihoods. We were lucky enough to pick up a tidal guide to help us comprehend the timing. Today's low tide was around 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon. A little after 4:00, we spotted a stretch of beach featuring numerous rocky formations - tidal pools!