Today Faith woke up with a headache. So I joined Angie and Josh and went to the Catholic Church in Lincoln City. It seemed to be a really odd mass---there were no kids there! I don't think I've ever been to church were there were no kids! Plus the church was only about 1/3 full which is unusual for a holiday like Christmas. After mass, we hustled back to the condo to see what was in store for today. To our surprise, Tim and Faith had left already---to go look for glass blown floats on the beach. The project, "Finders Keepers", began in 1997, when a local artist first thought of glass floats as an intriguing way to launch the new millennium. Lincoln City sponsored the project, hosting the inaugural season in 1999-2000. Tourists came from around the country to search for their own brilliantly-colored, signed and numbered glass float. The project was such a hit that it continues today, running from Mid-October to Memorial Day – with hand-crafted glass floats being placed along the 7-1/2 miles of public beach in Lincoln City, from the Roads End area to Siletz Bay. A few minutes after they got to the D River by Mo's Tim actually found one! It was right inside the fence for the parking lot. They had read that 100 more floats were being put out Christmas weekend. They must have gotten there right after someone put one out. Merry Christmas to them!!!
It was a beautiful sunny cold day.
Soon it was time to be on our way across the coastal range to Dallas. Even saw bits of snow.
We thought we were gathering a 2 pm, but noone was there to open up Ugo's for our family party, so we continued on to the cemetary.
Back at Ugo's, Carolyn was still waiting for someone to open the doors. Finally someone called him and found out they thought it was 3pm. Kevin came quickly and opened the doors. Turned out well that noone was there yet. Angie and I were able to prep the salad and veggies before the crowd showed up. We had lots of great eats and treats!
Kevin asked if the "kids" wanted to go check out the firehouse and ours were excited to go (even at their ages!) So Nora and I cleaned up while they were gone.
Angie took my camera and took pictures of their excursion. Starting with their walk to the fire station.
They were gone quite awhile. Tim said that was the best Christmas present ever. It definitely was a Christmas I'll never forget!