Monday, September 19, 2011
From Mountain top to Sea Coast
We took the 80 mile scenic Rogue River forest road back to the coast, single lane with pullouts. We saw a majestic bull elk and a Sooty (Blue) Grouse along this mountainous, meandering road.
At Cape Arago we heard before we saw, hundreds of Steller's & California Sea Lions, and Harbor Seals basking on the rocks of Simpson Reef. In the midst of all the pinnipeds, after significant searching turned up the prize, one massive Elephant Seal (Good luck in finding him in the picture). Several Gray Whales made their appearance north of the reef.
We spent the better part of a day exploring the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport. We enjoyed the hands-on tidal pool critters, walked through a shark tube and the the pulsating jellyfish exhibit. Best to all, Ida & Ty