The GPS, which knows how tall our motorhome is, was not malfunctioning, it was trying to tell us our 12.5 foot rig was about to meet an 11.5 foot tunnel and wanted us to go back the way we came. Of course it didn't come out and say "There is a low tunnel on your route", nooo... it just told us to go 200 miles out of our way for no very well spelled out reason. We were disconcerted momentarily until we noticed that the 11.5 foot figure only applied if you hugged the tunnel wall as you went through. In the center the height was over 16 feet. We probably could have stayed in our own lane, but there was no one coming toward us, so we just lined ourselves up on the double yellow line and sailed through with no problem. Suddenly the GPS told us we were only 20 miles from our destination rather than the 238 miles it had previously been insisting on.
They had a special exhibit that was not suppose to open until the following day, but I guess they figured it was finished and ready to go so they went ahead and opened the doors a day early. It was ostensibly about shipwrecks but was really more of a primer on underwater archeology. It was mildly interesting but clearly geared for a younger crowd.
We meandered through and looked at the fishies and jellies. This guy looks like he snuck himself an unauthorized snack. One problem with the aquarium is that all your photos are taken through 2 inch thick plexiglass which plays havoc with your camera's autofocus and even if you focus manually, the stuff isn't very clean. At least at the hands-on tidepool exhibit, you're looking directly at the water.
Outside they have a seabird aviary. They had a
|Tide pool area|
|Tufted puffins giving me the eye|
|Yaquina Bay Bridge|
|Sea otter through plexiglass|
|Seals from our 2009 visit (when it was sunny).|