We did pull ourselves away from the beach long enough to do a few other things. Of course we went to the Newport Aquarium. We went to the Seattle Aquarium a few years ago, and we loved it. While the Newport Aquarium is awesome, and we do encourage you to go, if you have plans of being in Newport, but we were a little disappointed, as we were told, and had read that the Newport Aquarium was much better, and bigger than Seattle. It is a good aquarium, and because of the tunnels, it is amazing, but it was not better than Seattle. It was maybe equal. Seattle’s outside portion was more visitor friendly, but Newport’s inside area was really geared towards kids, so either way, we had fun!
We made good friends with a walrus. We named him Wall E. Russ. Yes, we are a creative bunch…. 😉
A second plan that was foiled was our trip to the Sea Lion Caves. We drove all the way down there, just to be told the elevator was broken, and that we couldn’t go down. We asked to use the stairs and they told us nope. The cave was closed, but that we should feel free to check out the gift shop. We said nope, and drove all the way back to Newport, without seeing the sea lions. Sad times. We did a lot of walking around town, we watched the fisherman bringing in their catch, and cleaning and cutting it. We ate. A lot. I dislike seafood, my trip to iconic “Mo’s”, I tried their burger and it was delicious. We tried the clam chowder, and we thought other smaller local places had better chowder.
This was the first time I was able to see the sun set all the way over the water. And we only got to see it once the whole time we were there. All the other evenings it was too cloudy. We watched it from our car because it was so cold, but it was amazingly beautiful!
Awe, the drive home. It was bittersweet. We were ready to go home, but we had had so much fun. We drove through the enter of Oregon, through Sister’s. Those mountains were mind blowing! They’re HUGE! That no smoking sign cracked me up! I love it! Also, beware, the drive between Bend and Burns is miserable. MISERABLE!! It has to have a huge suicide rate. I was about to lose it, it is so boring. Blah.
Ahhhh, what a wonderful sight! We were so happy to be home, and to go pick Java up from the vet, where he was boarded. On the drive home we were already planning our next vacation!
Yellowstone or Grand Canyon?