We first toured the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse and then stopped at a lookout to check out the ocean. Much to our surprise, we saw whales in the distance! We could spot the spouts shooting up in the air with our naked eye, but Iris had her binoculars, so that was a bonus. I was elated, and told her that that made my day! Little did I know that experience would keep getting topped!
We went into Newport and walked behind some restaurants out onto a dock. There were about 6 sea lions napping below us. So fun to see!
Then, while we were out there, I overheard a fisherman complain to his friend that he had caught a starfish. I asked to see it, but he had already thrown it back. He saw my disappointment, so when he caught another one a few minutes later, he called me over to see it. It was incredible!! Definitely the largest one I’ve ever seen outside of an aquarium. I touched it and took a picture and then he returned it to the water. I was on cloud nine.