The drive from Pacific City to Florence is only 96 miles, but with a land yacht, wet roads, and continuous hills, it took nearly 3 hours to drive.
The next RV park is South Jetty RV Park and another one of our Thousand Trails system resorts. This park is massive, hilly, and heavily wooded with 100′ tall trees containing 25′ branches, gently swaying over the RV. We picked our spot at the top of a hill, full hookups, and more sunlight that we’d seen in a few weeks.
Anyhow, Florence has about 8,000 residents so it’s much larger than Pacific City and dining options are plentiful.
The town has one main Street for shopping, eating, and strolling. The town is full of painted sea lion statues.
Main Street is parallel to the Siuslaw River and provides some gorgeous scenery.
There are a few docks to walk along and open to the public.
We walked and enjoyed a sunny day in the middle of November!
Since Florence is not directly on the water like Pacific City, we had to walk a good 3/4 mile to reach a beach…but it was totally worth the effort as we watched the sun set.
Florence has a GREAT public library for little kids to play on rainy days…not that those ever happen here lol
We got to make new friends.
A big attraction here is the Sea Lion Caves which are the largest in the US.
This attraction has been around since 1930!!!
Anyhow, entrance is cheap at $14 per adult and free kid. If you come here, plan on walking. ALOT. UPHILL. DOWNHILL. THE WHOLE TIME.
See that path? It’s like 300′ long and 150+ feet up. The views are worth it!
Once you follow the path down, you take a 1 minute elevator ride down into a cave 200 feet. It’s intense, let me tell you. I included a video with sound below. The sound from 100+ sea lions in a cave is eerily powerful…
In the caves you can climb more stairs…
But you are rewarded with…
We stayed about an hour then took the dreaded walk back uphill.
Last but not least, Thanksgiving…
We don’t do things traditional style, but were not exactly a traditional family so it works for us 🙂 we had a cruelty free feast and loved every second of it! We continue to be grateful for the freedom and opportunities we have on a daily basis.
Our little robot.