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Florence Oregon I grew up in Florence Oregon It is a really small town located an hour west on HWY 126 from Eugene Living there you dont appreciate all that it has to offer Florence is a retirement town and a tourist trap Being located right on the Pacific Ocean makes it even more appealing to the eye I guess you could say Florence is one of those places where if you live there you hate it But once you leave the place you miss it I cant really say I miss being there but I do miss being so close to the ocean and all the nature and beauty around it When I first moved there my parents took me to Sea Lion Caves about eleven miles north of Florence and it is one of the biggest sea caves in the world I went there in the summer of 89 and I saw thousands of these fury creatures I didnt know what they were until I went down into the cave The cave smelled so bad like rotten fish and ocean air I wanted to get out of there The stench was overwhelming When I returned to the place as an adult just a couple years ago I was able to appreciate the beauty of it The oceans smell that which I missed since graduating high school and moving to Seattle The sound of the waves crashing against the walls of the cave that made a roar so loud it could frighten a little child That was all soothing to me now I was beginning to realize what I missed as a child growing up Florence is famous for its dunes When I say they are famous for it I mean it I lived no more then two blocks from Clear Lake The only way to get to Clear Lake is to have dune buggies and four-wheel-drive trucks Clear Lake is one of the
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