Today was a lesson in finding hidden treasures in unexpected places. After two hours of driving, we pulled off the highway to stretch our legs and change drivers. We realized that we were in a parking lot across the road from what billed itself as the “Sea Lion Caves”, so we decided to go have a look. It turned out to be a good decision; there is an elevator that takes you down 200 feet into what is the “World’s” or “America’s” largest sea cave, depending on which plaque you read.
It is home to hundreds of Stellar Sea Lions:
We spent a long time watching them play like children in the surf, diving in and pushing each other off. We kept trying to imagine what it would look like with the big winter storm surges rolling into the cave. Here is a view looking north from the other side of the cave:
Before returning to Lucy, we took one last look south:
We reached the Neskowin Creek Resort at around 4:00 and settled in. We spent some quality time in the indoor heated pool and hot tub, then decided to drive the half-mile up the road to beautiful downtown Neskowin, which consists of a Post Office, Hotel, restaurant and a handful of houses. The treasure here was the restaurant, a small friendly place with great food (we had stone-oven baked pizza, ribs, and a bottle of champagne). It was a very pleasant way to end the day.
Depending on the weather, we may go down to the beach tomorrow, as it will be our last opportunity before turning inland on Saturday.