Friday, March 14, 2008

3/13 Sea Lion Caves

On Thursday we visited the Sea Lion Caves just north of Florence, Oregon. While we were there we saw a group of deer walking and grazing on the side of the cliff (just above the sea lion cave). On the way to the caves we also stopped and visited our tribal reservation area. We went to the administration offices, looked at some of the artifacts, and then visited the sacred Longhouse (where tribal ceremonies used to be held). Afterwards we had dinner at the new Three Rivers Casino before heading back to Grants Pass. Even the drive to and from the Sea Lion Caves is a treat because the scenery is as much of a treat as the destination.

Brian looking at some of the tribal artifacts
Bren and Michelle in front of the tribal Longhouse (I'm wearing Larry's huge winter coat!)

The Umpqua Lighthouse

The Haceta Head Lighthouse (photo taken from the Sea Lion Caves)

Inside of the Sea Lion Caves

On the way back to Grants Pass we made a stop in Cushman, Oregon. The house that you see in the picture below was built by my great grandfather. He started building it in 1917 when he was 17 years old, and finished it in 1923 when he was 23 years old. The house has since been sold, restored to original conditions, and is now a historical monument.

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