On our way down to Newport, we stopped at the Cape Foulweather Lookout. It was named by Captain Cook in 1778 - I guess he had a worse weather day than we had.
The scenery was great, but the best thing was all the Gray Whales that were cresting, spouting, and diving.
Even saw a few tails!
Arriving in Newport, we went to check out the Yaquina Head lighthouse. We even scored an immediate tour, and it was very good.
The view from the lighthouse.
The bridge in Newport is one of the Art Deco bridges that dot the Oregon coast.
Near the bridge is the restored original Yaquina Bay lighthouse. Built in 1871, it operated for only 3 years until the new Yaquina Head lighthouse was built.
Newport is a really cute town with lots of great murals. This one was near the Oregon Coast Aquarium, our next stop.
All kinds of strange creatures are here.
I don't know what either of these are. Maybe I should get fired as a blogger...
The sea otters got fed first. This guy came right up to the glass in front of us and pounded the crab shell on the glass to break it open!
After that came the sea lions. They were quite the performers.
The newest residents here are the horned puffins. They also had many other seabirds, including tufted puffins, but they weren't as good posers.
But I thought the best part of the aquarium was the Passages of the Deep, where you walk under lots of marine animals, including sharks.
Hmmmmm.... What is this creature? A homo sapiens washing the glass for us!