Before I left for the ST. George hotel last Friday, I made a reservation for a beach house at Bodega Bay. This is our/my alternative to a Christmas mess. It is MY birthday celebration. It took a couple of years of suggesting, but now it is a tradition. This is the third annual. We have outgrown the cute little two bedroom place across the street from my good friends Terry and Cynthia. This year we will be down the street a bit in a place with two bedrooms and a loft, all with queen sized beds. There is an iron spiral staircase and from the web photos the view is great.
We arrive for dinner on Friday evening and take a walk on the beach before dark. In the morning there is breakfast and the opening of presents. Last year I used up the last of the Christmas wrap. I get to be creative about wrapping this year. Now I get to go shopping. Last year I had lots of ideas; this year I think I may have to ask for ideas.
Last year Skyler and Paulette took an early morning walk on the beach. After breakfast we all go to the beach. We wear shorts, swim suits and rolled up pants to walk along the edge of the water. There hasn't been much interest in digging in the sand. At low tide we go looking for sea anemones and starfish on the rocks. One year there were a lot; last year not so many.