We spent a night in Astoria, Oregon last week and arrived to our hotel room after dark. I’d requested a quiet room and the staff accommodated us. The floor seemed deserted, so I was puzzled when I heard a raucous hubbub. TV next door? Nope. The hotel was at the edge of the Columbia River near a small marina. When I opened the window I quickly recognized the sound of sea lions. The barking was incessant. Not enough to keep us awake, thankfully. I simply had no idea just how many were there until we took a walk the next morning.
Some of the critters were content to lounge. Others had a lot to say.