2014 in pictures

Has a year gone by already since I posted 2013 in pictures?  How can this be?  Whatevs.  Here we go.



New Year’s day at Neptune Beach (Oops. You can tell that’s not an Oregon wine, can’t you? My bad.)

Happy Dog contemplates eternity


pink seashell on beach

Ocean sunset

Tidepool at sunset

Nelscott Reef welcomeNelscott Reef Big Wave Classic, Lincoln City

PhotographersPictures of people taking pictures of people . . . surfing.  Their cameras were much, much bigger and better than mine.  See what they were taking pictures of.  Suck it, Mavericks!

Surfer running on beach

Heart-shaped rock on beach



Surfrider Foundation table
Every February, at the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival, Husband and I pour Barefoot Wine for the Newport Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year: Barefoot donates all proceeds from the Festival to our Chapter. Thank you, Barefoot!


Man pointingThat’s the best one, right there.  The Harmony Gewurtztraminer.  You should buy a case.

Bare feet in water and sand
Can you tell that’s not Pacific seawater?


Seashell on beach

Palm trees at sunsetI wish the Oregon coast had these.  Have you guessed yet where I was?

Manatees! They’re swarming!


Party poopers.


According to this sign, swimming with the manatees is not, in fact, prohibited. However, this would be more than enough deterrent to keep me out of the water, manatees or no.


Manatee with scarsHardly any of the almost one hundred manatees we saw were without scars–even the small calves.  They all get sliced up by motorboat propellers.

Manatee swimming across springA geo-tagged manatee swims across the source of Blue Spring.  Several manatees were trailing these satellite tracking devices.

AlligatorNow that’s what I’m talkin’ about!  Timing is everything.  I’m so glad we got to see this big boy.  I was hoping for a giant flock of flamingos, but I only saw a pair flying over.  (at Merritt Island NWR)

Thanks, mom & dad, for a fabulous vacation!



Walking the labyrinthMy friend Denise came to visit in March.  First I took her to the stupendously gorgeous labyrinth at Good Sam Episcopal Church in Corvallis.

Then we went to the beach.


Sunset on close-up beach cobbles

dog paw, toy shark and human foot

Three people drinking wineThen we tasted wine.

Then we played Monopoly. I lost.



Easter egg balanced on end
Did you know you can do this on any day of the year–not just the equinoxes?


It’s Easter. So, naturally, we went to the beach. I wore my camouflage boots.


That’s a big f*ing wave.


Volunteering at the annual Oregon Garden Brewfest

 pond and treesThis is why we volunteer there.


Fluffy kitten
Our new family member


Two people with green hills in background



P6013495Happy Husband and Happy Dog climbed the dune at Cape Kiwanda.  I sat on my ass at the Pelican, drank beer and watched the ocean.

It’s entirely possible they’re up on the dune somewhere. Who knows?


Woman hugging dog on beach

Wine bottle, glasses, food on table overlooking vineyardSunday afternoon picnic at Illahe Vineyards.

Otter Rock-n-Roll Youth Surf Contest


People on beach with surfboard

Surfrider Foundation tent



Happy Dog and I took a day trip to the coast.




We dragged my parents around the top of Cape Perpetua. Looking south, you can see the Spouting Horn . . . um . . . spouting.


Dad tasted some delicious Illahe wines.


Gratuitous plug for Illahe wines.


I hate the thought of wasting even a drop.


Then we dragged mom and dad up Salal Hill on Yaquina Head.


peregrine falcon on hillside
We watched one of the Yaquina Head resident peregrine falcons as it ate something.


Happy Dog & IPuppy and I took our day trip to Erratic Rock State Park.


Cargo ship outside window
There’s a sight you don’t see every day.  Unless you live in Astoria and hang out at Buoy Beer Company on the riverfront.

View of Astoria from the top of the Astoria Column
Astoria from the top of the Column


They grow ’em bigger and bluer in Astoria.



Woman wearing Simpsons t-shirt next to tent
Time for our annual camp-out at Airlie Winery.

Man's feet and dog with lake and tents in background
Husband and Puppy enjoy the evening


Technically, this is not what the wind shelter should look like.


Cape Kiwanda
It doesn’t look that windy, does it?



Woman driving TeslaAh, the infamous Tesla test drive in Lincoln City.

Me and Laney at Emerson
Emerson Vineyard hotties on Labor Day weekend


Man and woman in front of Nana's Pub in NewportOne of our favorite places to take friends:  Nana’s Irish Pub in Newport

Man and dog overlooking lighthouse and ocean
Of course, we also like to take them up Salal Hill on Yaquina Head.


People on patio at brewpub
We drag everyone to the Pelican.



Woman harvesting grapes
Harvesting the Maréchal Foch at Emerson Vineyards


Man harvesting grapes in vineyard


Emerson’s winemaker, Elliot Johns

Grapes falling into bin
Our grapes getting de-stemmed


Tasting Room Open sign
Life is good.


Sunset at Nehalem Bay State Park


View south from Ecola State Park


Not-so-Happy Dog wondering, “Why, mommy, why?”


Proposal Rock at Neskowin
Evening in Neskowin


It’s November: must be time to climb the dune. Again.


rainbow with hills in background

Although it would appear this photo was taken from inside the pot of gold, I’m here to tell you there was neither pot nor gold anywhere in sight.


Waves, rocks, spray, ocean
The Spouting Horn was in fine form at this very high tide.


Thanksgiving: Oregon style


So my brother visited us over Thanksgiving. Our first beach day was a little wet.


Did I say “a little wet?” I meant stupid crazy wet. As in our clothes didn’t dry out the rest of the day wet.


F*ing leash.


Our second beach day was a huge improvement.


And I finally got to see what’s on the other side of the Cape Kiwanda dune! OK, I cheated and only went part of the way up. Still.


Back at Illahe Vineyards


Three people with the Willamette Valley in the backgroundIt’s never too cold to drink wine on the patio at Illahe.
(Photo courtesy Illahe Vineyards)



Christmas in The Garden


Christmas in The Garden


Husband’s arty interpretation of our Christmas tree


Our little guy is growing up.


Nothing says Christmas like hiking in Sedona.


One of my favorite things to do when I travel anywhere is walk the local labyrinths.


Watching Husband play with cactus is pretty entertaining as well.


Thank you, Arizona mom & dad, for a wonderful Christmas trip!

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