Happy Holidays from the Oregon Coast

City Holiday Display in Florence, OR

2018 has been a long year.

Don’t get me wrong! I am not complaining, because I know how lucky we are living the way we do. We don’t have average 8-5 jobs, we hardly ever have to set an alarm to wake up, and if we don’t like our neighbors we just move without having to pack a single box.


An entry in the Holiday Float Parade in Florence, OR

We started the new year in Las Vegas playing poker tournaments at Binions. From there we got to spend time with our friends and families in the Pacific Northwest. The Mr. had to have a pretty serious surgery that took almost half of his liver. I am hobbling a bit with an unknown (for now) diagnosis. The year was long and life continues to always try to get in the way, but we are still Writing on the Road – so I consider 2018 a win for us. I hope it was for you and yours as well, but if it wasn’t – there is a new year just around the corner. And, hey, that is how we always find our best dry camping spots…by looking just around the next corner!


Coos Historical Railway Display in Coos Bay, OR.

During this holiday season remember that we all have our own gifts to give to the world, whether it is writing, or photography, or just some simple painted rocks that you leave laying around for others to find a free smile. Perhaps you take garbage from the ocean and turn it into art. Maybe you are a connoisseur of beer? Whatever it is that you do – just do your thing. Do it great. And always try to be better than you were yesterday…or last year.

Veteran’s Memorial Park in Florence, OR


So, at the end of 2018 try to take a minute and appreciate what the year gave you. Love? Happiness? Friendship? Tell them you love them! Tell them they make you happy! Tell them you are grateful for their friendship. New job? Work hard! New dream? Make it come true! Heartbreak? It means you still love beyond yourself and that makes you amazing.


A snowman hitching a ride on a small boat. I hope he doesn’t fall in!

Happy Holidays from Write on the Road!

Near the Siuslaw River in Florence, OR
We hope your path in 2019 takes you somewhere beautiful!

Links

For more information about the Oregon Coast Historic Railway you can go here.

You can learn more about Florence, Oregon here.

Shore Acres State Park – Coos Bay, Oregon

It stopped raining for a whole day so we decided to go enjoy some local Christmas festivities!

But we are considering trading in the Serenity for one of these….

In Coos Bay, Oregon is Shore Acres State Park. The majority of the year it is a huge, beautiful floral garden with amazing ocean views. During the holiday season the gardens are lit up with thousands of colored lights and holiday decorations put up by community volunteers and The Friends of Shore Acres in cooperation with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

This year the park has over 325,000 lights

Over 325,000 Lights in the Park This Year

And one hell of an electric bill!

But since I don’t pay it, I think it is worth every penny!

It is beautiful, and an absolute joy to see. Most nights there are carolers singing holiday songs, and there is free coffee, hot cider and cookies in the main garden house. The house is decorated every year and it feels like you have slipped into a warm, cozy cottage at the North Pole.

Stage for carolers

Donated by a local artists

Santa soaking in the tub, resting up for the big day!

Donated by a local artist

The Shore Acres light display is a wonderful place to visit on the Oregon Coast. There is a $5.00 parking fee for entrance, and donations are accepted to help make future years even more fabulous.

The lights reflecting in a small pond

Festive Frogs!

Under the sea….