New Year’s Eve- another year gone and a new one
ahead. What lies in store for any of us this year? It’s hard to know. We
make goals and plans, and hopefully keep some of them. When we talk
about the New Year at our house it’s full of plans to fulfill our travel
goals. Given this, what better way to welcome the New Year, then on the
road. This time we made our way to Whaler’s Rest, just south of Newport.
After the excitement of our last trip, this one seemed pretty
uneventful. It was relaxing and peaceful, which is always nice.
Something everyone has to do when they’re in Newport is to visit the Old
Bay Front. We walked along the long row of shops and restaurants. It was
a cold day, but it was sunny. We stopped to see the Sea Lions next to
the aquarium. They slept and sunned themselves and yelled when they
wanted to. This was the life. After that we walked down to the Rogue
Brewery Restaurant. There’s one on the north side of the bay, and one on
the south, where the actually brewery is. We’d planned to stop at the
brewery for a tour, but decided to eat here on the north side. We both
ordered their Kobe beef burger, and oh man, that was definitely one of
the all time best hamburgers either of us had ever had!
After lunch, we visited the Yaquina Bay light house.
One of the more interesting stories told by the tour guide there was
about a chamber pot in one of the bedrooms. Recently it had been found
in use as a soup tourine in the house of an unsuspecting family. It had
been donated happily by the family once they knew the truth, and was now
returned to its rightful place beside a bed in the old house.
The evening was upon us now and there was a choice to be made. Stay in
and watch movies, or join the excitement at the Thousand Trails New
Year’s Eve Party. The party was being celebrated on New York time. The
count down to New Year would start promptly at 8:50 PM, ensuring the
Thousand Trails residents could be home and cozy in their beds by no
later than 9:10. We were torn- stay home and sample some of the beer
that we had picked up at the Rogue Brewery, or attend what was sure to
be the event of the year for Thousand Trails members. We decided to stay
home. We toasted at 9:00 and fell asleep before midnight. When the clock
struck 12:00 we heard clanging and fireworks in the distance. We wished
each other a happy New Year and fell back asleep- happy and dreaming of
the year ahead.
We got some good picture this