If there's one request I had for New Year's Eve, it was this: Don't make me party downtown!
|New Year's Day at Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, OR|
As much as I love the downtown life, there's nothing I really hate more than being downtown to bring in the New Year. The years that I have done it, it has turned into a complete sh*tshow. The normally fun clubs become the world's most expensive clusterf*ck and even your can-always-be-counted-upon local pub strikes while the iron is hot with cover and the unusual line. Then you wait. Wait, wait, wait. Wait for drinks. Wait for the bathroom.
*Wait for an absolution that would never come. Wait to find a table that can seat all 20 of you and your friends. Wait. Spend. Wait. Spend. Repeat.
I don't like being downtown on New Year's Eve.
So after much discussion on the day-of NYE (heaven forbid we plan this before), The Boy and I decided to head to the Oregon Coast to ring in the new year. As soon as I could peel out of work, we were on the road and heading 50-minute west of Portland to Cannon Beach to break diets, pop some champagne and enjoy the enchantment of natural beauty at the Pacific Ocean:
|Left: Outside our hotel at the Lodge. Right: I am obsessed with dogs at the beach. Even evidence of them.|
|NYE night. We had some drinks at a local pub and then made it back to our hotel room to watch the ball drop together with our celebratory champagne. Cannon Beach is adorable this time of year. Our MySpace-esque photo shoot on the other hand...|
|New Year's Day morning: we promptly woke-up, grabbed coffee and took the most cliche (and wonderful) long walk on the beach.|
|So cold there but not a cloud in the sky- which was perfect for me.|
|One of my FAVORITE places to visit in Oregon- I would recommend it to any visitor: Ecola State Park.|
|Oyster Shooters & Clam Chowder at Mo's. One of those classic, trashy establishments that you always find yourself at.|
|Ecola State Park View. So in love with it. Not to mention the time messing with my camera.|
|Used a tinted, purple filter lens here on my camera to add such heavy blue/purple tones.|
|Ecola State Park again. Just simply heaven on earth. Looking out into the West.|
The trip was far too short. We were gone from our house only about 24-hours and arriving at work today felt like a cruel hoax. But I feel so happy with our decision to spend NYE out of town and in a place flourishing with natural beauty: I hope to experience more of it in 2013.
How was your NYE?
*If you know that quote- I love you!