I thought that I had gazed upon everything beautiful in nature as I have spent many years traveling thousands of miles to view the beauty spots of the earth, but I have reached the climax. Never again can I gaze upon the beauty spots of the earth and enjoy them as being the finest thing I have ever seen. Crater Lake is far above them all. — Author Jack London, 1911
Oh Oregon…what a wonderland you are on the Pacific Coast. You make my heart sing and my body jump for joy. Your true beauty takes my breath away.
On a recent trip to Oregon, we stayed on the Haceta Head property. Haceta Head Light is a lighthouse on the Oregon Coast and is part of the Haceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint, a state park, midway up a 205-foot-tall headland. Built in 1894, the 56-foot-tall lighthouse shines a beam visible for 21 nautical miles, making it the strongest light on the Oregon Coast. Brisk winds and some smoke from the ongoing forest fires didn’t keep us away from enjoying beautiful views, a fire at the bed and breakfast, a joyful happy hour as another guest sang a maritime poem followed by an evening stroll up to the lighthouse for a clear view of the good old Milky Way!!! Sometimes you’re so in the right place at the right time!
The poem: Sea-Fever by John Masefield
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way, where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
From SALT-WATER POEMS AND BALLADS, by John Masefield, published by the Maxmillan Co., NY, © 1913, p. 55; the poem was first published in SALT-WATER BALLADS, © 1902.
There has been much debate over the first line and it is indeed “I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky;” “go down to the seas” was a poetic way of saying going sailing and did not refer to any specific body of water, similarly “the lonely sea” was simply talking about open water rather than a specific sea.
Masefield’s use of the word “trick” indicates a period of duty on a specific task such as handling the wheel or lookout.
A new MTV Reality Show called Siesta Key premieres July 31st. The scene on the street was nothing short of a gallant Great Gatsby.
Maria Brady of Wedding & Event Design & Coordination and Beth Bronson-Kompothecras of So Staged Event Design + Rentals put on a black-tie fundraiser that was recently held at a gorgeous estate on Siesta Key and was by far the best event I have ever been to. The details astounded and delighted every guest. Women were adorned in bejeweled gowns and roaring twenties headpieces and gloves. Dr. Gary and Beth Kompothecras and their son Alex hosted over 150 guests at their estate home on Siesta Key to help raise funds for autism. Beth and Alex came up with the theme and had some fun planning it all for the lucky few to attend and experience.
As we arrived to the valet, we were greeted with Bellini’s in old fashioned champagne coupes and then asked to take the red carpet which was a true live red carpet. With a female model dressed fully wearing the red carpet! We followed her skirt path past a pristine, very-well cared-for 1933 Rolls Royce Silver Phantom II as old-fashioned paparazzi with the old flashbulb cameras interacted with guests upon arrival. Bellow sounds formed from a jazzy saxophone player playing busker style music. Yes, the tone had been carefully set.
Once we walked up the winding rising entry to the estate, two female models were positioned to each side of the main entry wearing gold lame evening gowns and crystal chandelier headpieces. Both were standing on high risers smiling away as they greeted each guest.
We entered and the entire home had been done in 1920’s décor style. The details simply took our breath away. Everywhere one looked, exquisitely designed décor met your eyes. Beautiful vintage furniture was strategically placed. So Staged has amazing pieces and Maria rents from Beth often. So Staged also built the larger-than-life champagne tower as guests entered their home.
The lavish event provided a menu reminiscent of a 1920s party and included favorites from that era such as ‘Classic’ Deviled eggs, Blinis with Sour Cream & Black Caviar, Baked Oysters Rockefeller, Whole Poached Salmon, and enormous Antipasto and dessert stations. The catering crew wore bowties, suspenders, and arm garters as they did in the 1920s! As you grazed the decadent array of food, a living female statue painted in metallic gold held a large white globe light and assisted in serving sliced lamb to guests.
Cigarette girls dressed in 1920’s style attire handed out candy cigarettes and chocolate cigars. The pianist played old Ragtime music and later as the champagne flowed, the music changed over to a DJ who continued the ragtime theme then onto everything popular today. The florals were done by staff from So Staged. The arrangements were chosen to go with all white Phalaenopsis orchids as they were very Gatsby like. Cameras were flashing as were the smiles. And as a one last big surprise to push the event way over the top, Maria Brady crafted and coordinated a metallic foil gold confetti drop. It was definitely New Year’s Eve on a Thursday evening on Siesta Key!
Recently broke a trip up by stopping off at St. Mary’s on the Florida/Georgia line. One must take the ferry ride over to Cumberland Island to witness some wild horses running free! You can only experience the island on foot or bike. We chose foot and stopped at one of the campsites to check it out. Loved the repeating patterns in this campsite bathroom of all places! I know, you really wanted to see the running horses, didn’t you?
Upstate New York. Keuka Lake. What a view in the summer time.
A recent trip to the Keys, my first ever during the month of September, showed many places closed after a hectic season of tourists and afternoon into evening showers but luckily sunsets always presented themselves somehow each evening. Surprised to find this special beam of light after reviewing my plethora of fun photos capturing the trip down. “See you at sunset!”