Every year we work with Santa's elves to completely re-theme our Celebrations room in full Christmas decor. Santa's elves are really great people to work with and it's really fun to spend time with them, and they're very particular about details. But then who can blame them when they know the jolliest of elves always spends the night of December 25 with us after his big run?
We know what you're thinking - we always respect the privacy of each of our guests and don't normally reveal who stays here and who doesn't but Santa has always encouraged us to share this so it's all good with the big guy.
Well who would expect that Santa and Mrs. Claus would stop by in person this year to look things over? It seems that Santa was visiting Upper Lake for the Christmas Light Parade last night and just decided to swing by to check on things. He'd read our blog post about all the tree damage and wanted to see how things were progressing.
We had incredible news to report to Santa and showed him around. Like you, he had seen the post about the damage. That is almost completely cleaned up at this point. All but TropiCaboose are spiffy and ready for guests and people have been showing up in the Christmas spirit. Aside from a really big pile of brush to the side of the main driveway and a few piles of brush here and there, all is back to abnormal here at the Featherbed Railroad.
We've gone a little nutty with Christmas lights on the pier and there is our usual Christmas tree decorated with nothing but train ornaments. Santa's got a special place in his heart for trains of course.
The clean-up efforts around here are progressing very, very nicely but that's thanks to some incredible friends. Our friends took time from their places of business and brought an army of chain saws, trailers, pickups and other tools to saw and hack their way through the brush that literally buried the incoming driveway. Rather than spending their well-deserved days off relaxing or preparing for their own holidays with their family they spent days here lugging logs and brush to help us reopen.
Every once in a while you'll see people wonder about the area because the houses aren't always manicured to perfection but the neighbors and friends that we have here are the Mayberry-quality pitch-in type of people that absolutely represent the Christmas spirit of fairy tales - and of Lake County reality!
Anyhow, it was good to see Santa weeks before his reservation and we can't be more thankful for the gifts of incredible friendship and caring that were given to us by some of the most wonderful people we've come across in our lives. If your Christmas is as good as ours this will be one for the record books and we wish you all the very best for this holiday season and into 2014!
Here's a video of the last log being moved out of the driveway. I didn't believe we would actually move the thing but it was a Chevy truck, after all!
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