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Pacific Northwest Beach Bash AR Get Together 
May 17, 2011 9:11 am 
Updated: Jun. 15, 2011 11:25 pm
Whew! It's been a long time since I've been over here! 
I've been meeting quite a few people from AllRecipes in the last year or so. I see everyone is having get togethers, so I thought I would throw out an invitation to my fellow Pac NW'ers to attend an AR Beach Bash here in Washington on Saturday, August 20th. 
Nothing fancy, just BBQed burgers and hot'll be a family affair where kids are completely welcome. I picked the date because August is when we have our gorgeous weather here in Washington. The beach is phenominal and I think everyone will have a blast. 
If I can get enough people that want to commit to this, I can check into renting the caretaker's quarters at the North Head Lighthouse by Cape Disappointment State Park on the Long Beach Peninsula. It's on a cliff overlooking the ocean and there is camping nearby at the state park or there are plenty of reasonably priced hotels in many of the little towns around the area: Ilwaco, Long Beach, Ocean Park...or Oregon: Astoria, Seaside and Cannon Beach. 
If you are interested in this, send me an email laurriepiland at hotmail dot com or catch up with me on Facebook or my blog
So far, tentatively, Allrecipes Elizabeth, mis7up, Keri, RockyMtKat, mauigirl, laughingmagpie and myself are ready to party...but, the more the merrier! 
This is still in the planning stage, so any ideas are welcome, but I know that I want to have it at the beach!
Rock on, everyone & peace!
Long Beach
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Waikiki Beach, Cape Disappointment State Park...Long Beach, Washington
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Long Beach, Washington
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North Head Lighthouse on the cliff overlooking the ocean
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Waikiki Beach and Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
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This is a great place for a party at the beach
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One of the many sights to see in Long Beach
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May 17, 2011 9:27 am
Actually, mis7up is going to make some marinaded ribs that sound fantastic! Nothing better than a party at the beach!!
May 17, 2011 9:40 am
I won't be able to make the party. Just wanted to say it's great to see you on the board here!
May 17, 2011 9:43 am
Mike! How are you???? You sure are a sight for sore eyes...LOL!
May 17, 2011 9:45 am
I wish you could come...nothing better than a big informal BBQ at the beach! How is the cancer treatment coming along? Bob got the go-ahead from his oncologist, so I'm happy to say that he is cancer-free and he's as mouthy as ever!
May 17, 2011 10:18 am
Geez, ww! How I would like to come up there! You will have so much fun!
May 17, 2011 10:38 am
I wish you could make it, too, far there are 17 confirmed and tentative people coming...
May 17, 2011 11:38 am
WW-it's great to see you here. I have been following your blog. I can't make the trip from Ohio but it sure sounds like a great time!
May 17, 2011 11:51 am
jabberwokky....I think there is a Buckeye reunion going on next month...maybe you could make that one? Meeting AR members is such a cool thing, every one that I've met so far has turned out to be awesome. And, thanks for following the blog!
May 17, 2011 12:57 pm
Yes, I know and unfortunately I can't make that one either! Ugh! We have a wedding that day. Of course, the one wedding we have all summer is that same day.
May 17, 2011 3:11 pm
Yes Yes, I will be up there!!! woop woop!! It will be a blast!!
May 17, 2011 4:21 pm
Just sent you an e-mail, count me in too!
May 17, 2011 5:15 pm
I got it, Michelle...wasn't Forks a fun town in the 70's??????
May 17, 2011 5:39 pm This is taking place during the Kite Festival, so there will be a ton of things to do and see around the area...make sure to book your rooms early or there won't be any available!
May 17, 2011 9:12 pm
There are camping spaces available at Cape Disappointment, including some yurts! Also check out Astoria, just across the Columbia, not too far from Cape D....Some B and B's on the Peninsula that are nice...cottages and cabins and a Super 8. Please book early, as the town is full of people here for the Kite Festival. Lots of stuff for kids to do, too....See you all in August! I live here....You will love it!!!!
May 18, 2011 4:13 am
Absolutely,'s going to be a blast!!
May 18, 2011 5:13 am
Darn it! I'd love to come and see your part of the country but we've had some minor setbacks here. Looks like you had a great time in Vegas! I'll have to catch up with your blog but not today off for supplies for the DS's graduation party this weekend :)
May 18, 2011 5:16 am
If anyone wants to camp at Cape Disappointment, let me know...I have tons of camping gear.
May 18, 2011 5:26 am
Cat...I wasn't able to make Vegas, darn it! I've been in stand-by with Bob because he's due to be called back to work know, one of those life things? Give me a call so we can catch up and compare gardens!
May 18, 2011 5:35 am
One more little piece of trivia for the people who don't know the area...Long Beach is one of the longest beaches in the world that you can drive on. Yes, you can drive on that sucker from Long Beach to Ocean Shores and it's an actual state road with a 25 MPH speed limit. Marsh's Museum is in town and it's home to Jake the Alligator Man and various other hokey, but cool things. There are bumper boats, horseback riding, go-carts and the cranberry bogs. You can also get the BEST salt water taffy in too many flavors to list, but huckleberry is one of them. It's a small town, but so much fun in the summer. The Kite Festival is a must-see, so I'm glad that I picked this weekend, although, I didn't know it until RockyMtKat sent me a message letting me know that. So, if you want to attend, now is the time to make your reservations or there simply won't be anything left. This town is filled to max occupancy during the kite festival weekend. Like Kat said, Astoria, Oregon is across the bridge and there are many places there, too. Seaside is less than 1/2 hour away and they have a small aquarium where you can feed the seals. Again, my email is laurriepiland at hotmail dot com if anyone wants additional info. So, Saturday, August 20th, Cape Disappointment State Park, Waikiki Beach Day Use Area in Long Beach. Time????? Probably around 2 or 3...I figure with everyone in town at the Festival, Waikiki Beach is the place to be!! Oh, yeah...before I forget! There is a ton of hiking trails and there are 2 different lighthouses: North Head Lighthouse and Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and the views are amazing!!
May 18, 2011 6:09 am
OMGoodness, who will stay in a yurt with me? Those have always fascinated me, that would be so fun!
May 18, 2011 6:16 am
I would, but you can't have dogs in'll love the beach, SD, it's my most favorite spot on Earth!! If you want, I'll see about getting you a roomie...
May 18, 2011 6:18 am
If memory serves me correctly, the yurts are on that little fresh water lake inside the park...within walking distance to Waikiki Beach. This state park is absolutely huge!! You could spend a week in it and not see everything there is to see.
May 18, 2011 6:49 pm
YYYEEAAAA WW!! It would soo fun to be there with you> I have a hard time getting hubby out of the city let alone the State. Your part of the country is just Gorgeous!! Thanks for the invite. So nice to see you again Sweety!
May 18, 2011 7:05 pm
aw.. this sounds amazing :) to bad I don't think I will be able to make it up there in August, but I really want to visit the Pacific northwest my husband lived in Oregon for a few years growing up and has fond memories. On a side note, not that I hang out in the message n=boards and blogs to much but have there been or are there any AZ/southwest meetup's being planned? (would have liked to make it to Vegas but with buying house right now it wasn't an option)
May 19, 2011 12:19 am
Ya just never know... ?
May 19, 2011 12:19 am
Dang -- that was a HEART!
May 19, 2011 7:17 am
GENZ...I hope you can, that would be awesome! was meeting you, Kathy and Mis7up that inspired this, I do live in a beautiful part of the country and I wanted to throw out an open invite to everyone...what's better than a party on the beach?
May 19, 2011 7:18 am gotta drag that husband up here, it's going to be a lot of fun. KLeah, nice to meet you!
May 20, 2011 4:55 am
Being stressed must affect my ability to read too! I would have sworn you got to go. Well, I'm sorry you didn't! I give you a buzz next week! Been thinking of you!
May 21, 2011 8:06 am
Cool! Do that, I'll talk to you soon and scratch Bane on the beak for me!
May 21, 2011 3:52 pm
May 21, 2011 5:51 pm
love ya ww! agree folks with the amazing place! august would be perfect. too far away for me but it sounds like a serious shindig....SE roundup in the works...
May 24, 2011 7:41 am
All these round-ups sound awesome! I wish someone would do a midwest one, id love to meet some of you in person. Nice to see you around againa and have fun WW, and everyone else attending :)
May 24, 2011 2:03 pm
SB - Cat Hill is planning a midwest roundup this summer near the Kansas City area. May be farther than you want to travel, though. Check out her blog!
May 25, 2011 7:59 pm
That sounds like an awesome idea. The pics look gorgeous. I just wish it was closer to Michigan! Everyone is so far away from me!! WWWAAAAHHH! Yes, I'm whining :) Hope it all works out for everyone and a good time is had by all!
Jun. 15, 2011 11:25 pm
WW I assume you will be staying in a campground, could you let me know which one as if we come we will be in our RV. Don't get excited, I just found out about this and the MidWest gatherings and we haven't even seriously talked.
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I've been married to my husband for over 8 years. My husband is a cancer survivor. We live in SW Washington state by Mt. St. Helens, but I'm originally from Forks, the little town made famous by the Twilight movies. My blog is called Baked Lava and I'm currently cooking my way around the world. I write a monthly column for our local newspaper called Life in an RV and that site is I've had my blog featured in Trailblazer Magazine. I love my recycled container garden and I love to create new recipes. I rarely follow a recipe to the letter, unless it involves baking. My husband & I don't have children unless you count the 4-legged variety...we have 4 of those: Puppa, Sasha, KiKi & Super Dave the Girl Cat. I am a prize-winning nature photographer.
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