Florence, Oregon

Dunes, a Casino, and Sea Lions

But no seatbelt!

The weather is overcast but it matches our gloomy spirits. (But only for a little while!) The reason we are in Florence and staying at Pacific Pines RV and Storage is twofold. We thought we had found an RV repair business to take care of installing a new passenger seatbelt AND the RV Park is almost right next door to the RV repair shop.

Florence is not a first or second choice town for us to visit.

The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is south of the city and we already hiked the dunes with the dogs once when we were staying in Remote.


And renting a dune buggy or going on a group excursion are not real draws for us.

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Besides we have the 2 dogs.

Three Rivers Casino Resort doesn’t tempt us either.

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Sea Lion Caves is north of Florence, but it’s more of a tourist attraction.

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The venue is a privately owned wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary. It is the largest sea lion cave in America and year-round home to the Steller sea lion.

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Formed from a cavern over 25 million years ago, the cave is accessible via an elevator that descends 208 feet. (sealioncaves.com) 

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For $14 apiece, Jeff and I relish our memories of the harbor seals we watched in Newport.

So, we explore Florence. According to visittheoregoncoast.com, the Historic Old Town is quaint and lively. We drive through it twice, wondering what we are missing. I don’t even take any pictures.

We park and stroll along the boardwalk where I do take some pics.



And then I investigate the 2 seal sculptures we passed by.

This one is illustrated by artist Kassy Keppol and entitled, Diver’s Story. I enjoy the cartoonish drawings.



The second one is illustrated by artist Ron Hildenbrand and entitled, It’s a Wild Thing.




Tomorrow we head to Port Orford for the Labor Day weekend and our final stop on the Oregon coast before heading into Northern California.

Florence and the Seat Belt Issue

image A detour and no seatbelt…

So, we arrive in Florence and pull into Florence RV and Automotive Specialist’s driveway, eagerly hoping to get my seatbelt fixed. Too soon Jeff returns with a frustrated and forlorn look on his face.

Whoever couldn’t order a seatbelt with the model number without seeing it first is not there. The service rep on duty tells us another story. But now it’s too late for an order and delivery in our time frame. No one seems to care!

Jeff calls Forest River, the manufacturer of our RV, and leaves messages over the next 2 days while we are in Florence. Forest River doesn’t seem to care either.

When Forest River finally returns Jeff’s call, we are referred to the nearest authorized Forest River dealer in Eugene, Oregon. And guess what? Seatbelt issues are not covered by any warranty or extended warranty! So, Jeff calls the Eugene authorized dealer only to find out that this authorized dealership just services 5th Wheel RVs!

You bet I am going to send a letter to Forest River and Colerain RV where we purchased our RV!