Starting the New Year at Heceta Head Lighthouse

After 5 weeks of touring and a hectic week in 3 different cities with my family, I really wanted some quiet time for the beginning of the new year. I wanted ocean views, friendly people and no plans.

Enter, Heceta Head Lighthouse B&B in Yachats, Oregon.

The view from my room:

I came in late on the 31st and just caught the last sunset of 2011

I spent my last night of 2011 writing, thinking and reveling in all the silence and the ocean surf and I was in bed before midnight. I’ve spent quite a few of 2011’s nights on the other side of midnight so I figured it wouldn’t hurt me to get some sleep.

The first morning of 2012 started with a 7 course breakfast:

This was mango lassi, which came after the fish course  And while I’m the biggest fan of breakfast that the world has ever seen, I’ve never had a 7 course breakfast. I hope that bodes well for unexpected and extravagant meals in 2012!

The sun was out, the sky was blue and it was about 65 degrees on January 1, 2012 so I walked up to the lighthouse.

And got to see what the inside of the light in a lighthouse looks like:

Isn’t that cool? The bullseyes magnify and project the light so only one 1000 watt bulb can be seen for miles.

The views from the lighthouse hill are also extraordinary

I love the double reflection.

And after all that exertion I spent the rest of the day on the porch with some of the other B&B guests, sharing stories, reading books and hanging out. It couldn’t have been better.

Here’s to a brand new year!

Christmas 2 Ways

Christmas on tour with

And a sad Christmas tree for the wardrobe room:

Until Chuck gussied it up:

Never underestimate the power of a props guy with a glue gun.

it’s hard to get into the Christmas spirit when you’re on tour, so we also decorated dressing rooms:

It’s certainly better than nothing but closing on Christmas Eve was the best part.

Christmas with Family:

Present opening and documenting:

Games the kids can “help” play.

And food. Of course.

My parents set a beautiful table.

 I also got to hang out with my siblings and other friends

I’d love to explain Monkey Bike to you but I’ve been sworn to secrecy. Or I’m just really confused. Suffice it to say that this guy is the reigning champion. If you think you can ride a tiny bike like no one’s business, you should go to Wenatchee and challenge him and then come back and explain it to me.

And finally, a cruise around the city to check out the people who really really care about Christmas lights!

Impressive, no?

And that’s the end of 2011. Thanks for hanging out with me in it!