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PNW Round Up 
Aug. 21, 2014 7:42 pm 
Updated: Aug. 25, 2014 8:03 am

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It’s been a little over one month since the Pacific Northwest Round Up! My darling husband and I are still reminiscing about the wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime (for us) get together of the most wonderful peeps on earth at our home in . I can't help but tear up as I write this because in writing about our time together the memories come flooding back to me. I truly do mean this in every way! We had a blast! OrangeZest and I are so grateful for those who were able to came. We enjoyed every single minute of your visit here with us! And, now...

I'd like to share with the rest of you what we did on those glorious 3 days in July, 2014!!! 

It will be so hard to try to convey every nuance of each day of the Round Up, because as they say, you just had to be there! I will however, hopefully  be able to highlight some of the outstanding and memorable moments of the event that will undoubtedly bring back memories to those who attended and convey to those who couldn't the memories we made that will last a lifetime! 

Because a “Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words,” I’ll post as many as I possibly can. We hope you’ll enjoy looking at them. We had the best time in the making of them.

Since I don't want this to be the longest blog in AR history, I'll just post day one, Friday, of the Round Up today. Beginning with our get together dinner on Thursday evening. 

Thursday, July 17th

We started with Dinner at Frankie's in Albany on Thursday evening.

Sort of a meet & greet before the Festivities began on Friday. 

From left to right: 

OrangeZest, Candice, Biker Family, Magnolia Blossom, 

gammaray, Akis, Cookin' Cyn, & Christine NICU RN

Friday Morning July 18th: 

Getting ready for the Bus Ride to Nye Beach at the Oregon Coast.

It was so interesting that somehow, putting grown adults on a 

school bus magically turned us all back into 7th graders. 

The ride over was hilarious! We even broke out in song along the way. 

 Like I said above, "You had to be there!" 

From left to right: 

Akis, gammaray, Biker Family, Randy & Cathy Myers, 

Cookin' Cyn, Magnolia Blossom, Mis7Up, Christine NICU RN, 

moonkid,Candice, OrangeZest, & AVON

AVON & Magnolia Blossom

Mis7up & moonkid

The Wheels on the Bus go round & round....hmmm, hmmm, hmmm

Cathy & Randy Myers shopping at Nye Beach. Are we having fun yet? 

Oh what did you buy in that Lingerie shop?!? Huh, Cathy?

After a few hours of shopping and site seeing, our Bus Driver took us further North up the 

Coastline to Mo's Seafood Restaurant in Lincoln City for lunch. 


OrangeZest, Biker Family & Mis7up are all SMILES!!!

Lunch is on it's way!

From left around the table 

Akis, AVON, Cathy & Randy Myers, 

Mike aka Mr. MauiGirl, I don't know where MauiGirl went....

Christine NICU RN & gammaray

Our very own Newspaper Food Column Writer for 

The Alpenhorn News, Cathy Myers along with Mo's Restaurant Manager.

While at lunch Cathy presented my DH & myself with the article she wrote about her 

upcoming trip to Oregon and featured a recipe of coastline cuisine, 

Clam Slumgullion Chowder and Cheddar Bay Bisquits! 

What an honor that was!!! 

To read Cathy's weekly food article, click on the link below.

Cookin' Cyn & Magnolia Blossom

Enjoying Frosty Beverages! Those look good! 

From left to right

There she is!!!! MauiGirl, Mike aka Mr. MauiGirl, Christine NICU RN & gammaray

After lunch... back on the bus to Willamette Valley Vineyards near Salem, the State Capital.

OrangeZest & Akis

Group Photo in the Cask Room

From left to right front row

Biker Family, Mis7up & moonkid

Back Row

Randy & Cathy Myers, Cookin' Cyn, me, Christine NICU RN

AVON, Magnolia Blossom, Akis & gammaray

Fermentation Room 

Estate Reserve Bottle

Our Somalier, Steve (far right) was awesome!!!

We had some serious Wine Drinkers in this crowd. 

Does it look good Christine?

After a wonderful tour of the Winery and much sampling... 

We rose our glasses for a toast! 

An amazing end to an amazing day. 

View of the Vineyards and The Willamette Valley

That brought to an end the First Day of the 

Round Up

We had a ball and still had two days left! 

Note: many photos in this blog courtesy of Mis7up and Christine NICU RN

Day 2 of PNW Round Up will be posted tomorrow. 

Aug. 21, 2014 8:21 pm
10 month Job!! Shoot, I Knew I was missing a good time; (( I am THRILLED you all had such a FANTABULOUS time!!!
Aug. 21, 2014 8:24 pm
Oh dear sister! What a memory-making PNW Round Up! You and OrangZest are the consummate hosts and dear,dear friends - our brother and sister! Christine is our shared adopted daughter and we love her dearly! Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts. Such a kinship we have among us and for this I am truly grateful. I'll like you for always and love you forever, dear sister and brother!
Aug. 21, 2014 8:28 pm
The picture at the end is so gorgeous!! Looks like you had a great time, Candice!! :)
Aug. 21, 2014 8:29 pm
The photos are a testament to the friendships formed through AR. Thanks for sharing.
Aug. 21, 2014 8:52 pm
Nicely done, Candice! Nicely done!
Aug. 22, 2014 5:53 am
Oh dear Candice, I too get teared up reminiscing about the wonderful time we all had, and the new friendships that were forged. It was such a fun, adventurous, memorable weekend! AR peeps are the best. Thank you both again for opening your home up for all of us to enjoy. You and Orange were incredible hosts. I love you both!
Aug. 22, 2014 5:55 am
Just beautiful, Candice! I LOVE those smiling faces, just wish mine had been among them. I did have three weekends with my dear granddaughter, though. Hope to squeeze you again, soon!
Aug. 22, 2014 6:24 am
It was such a lovely weekend that flew by, much too quickly! But, what in the world is glowing in Magnolia Blossom's hands on the bus?!
Aug. 22, 2014 7:32 am
Thank you Candice for sharing your wonderful weekend with us. I can only imagine how much fun you guys had. I would love to meet all of you someday. Looking forward to day 2 and 3 of the Round Up!!
Aug. 22, 2014 8:48 am
You look like a very fun group! I hope there's a midwest round up near me soon! :) And is that my picture of Clam Chowder in the paper? Looks awfully farmilar! :) Yay!!
Aug. 22, 2014 12:19 pm
Hi Patty Cakes, we did have a great time. And, we did miss you! Thank you for stopping in. Great big hugs to you. I guess you'll be heading off back to the school cafeteria soon.
Aug. 22, 2014 12:22 pm
My dearest Cathy, I cannot begin to tell you how much it meant to OrangeZest & me that you & Randy came. We enjoyed our visits with you immensely and can't wait until we get to see you again. Hugs & kisses from your brother & sister. Keep those food articles coming. We love them! BTW, we've had the best time ever going through the 1915 Albany Round Up Program you gave us. It is a treasured momento!
Aug. 22, 2014 12:25 pm
Oh bakergirl, we DID have a great time! It was just awesome! I love these people so much! If you ever get a chance, you must attend a meet up. They are a hoot!
Aug. 22, 2014 12:44 pm
While you all were up in Oregon wining and such - I was back here in Kansas whining and such! That whole weekend I kept saying "all my friends are in Oregon having a good old time"....and it certainly looks like you did!! Can't wait to see more pics and I was wondering the same thing as gammaray....what are you holding MB?
Aug. 22, 2014 1:14 pm
Candice I loved the picture of the whole gang at the winery! can't wait for the other days of your blog, as well as the other participants blogs. northwest is awe-inspiringly gorgeous! keep the pictures coming!!
Aug. 22, 2014 3:09 pm
Marie C. Oh my goodness! You are so right! We will all be friends for life!
Aug. 22, 2014 3:10 pm
Thank you Marianne! I have such trouble with photos! Argh!
Aug. 22, 2014 3:12 pm
Dearest Cyndee, I am so happy you were able to come. We had just the bestest time, didn't we? I'm still giggling over things. Yes, the friendships we've made will last a lifetime! Can't wait to see you again.
Aug. 22, 2014 3:27 pm
So bummed I missed it, but happy you all had a wonderful time. My AR Besties are beautiful as ever!!!
Aug. 22, 2014 6:20 pm
Thanks Bibi, I love those smiling faces too! We laughed and cut-up til I thought I'd pee my pants! You were certainly missed. However, family must always come first! Can't wait to squeeze you again too! hehe
Aug. 22, 2014 6:22 pm
gammaray, it DID go by fast! It seems like we just got started and then it was time to say goodbye! BTW, We love your man Akis! He is such a sweetie. I think it's just a water bottle that caught the light in Lora's hand.
Aug. 22, 2014 6:24 pm
Miss Kitty, you are so welcome! We share our time together in a blog because we want everyone else to go to a Round Up. They are fun and everyone is so dog-goned nice. If you ever have the chance, you really should try to go to one. Thanks so much for dropping by.
Aug. 22, 2014 6:26 pm
Abbey, oh trust me! We are a fun group! I think there are several in the Mid West during the year. Plan on going to the Southern Round Up next year if you can. We are! Thanks for dropping by!
Aug. 22, 2014 7:57 pm
LOL! Oh Mi ~ (a PRO at) Being Mi, that cracks me up! I so wish you could have come! We had such fun! And, I know that you're a girl who just wants to have fu-un! Plus, I would have loved giving you a hug! It's been a while! Take care and hugs to you!
Aug. 22, 2014 7:58 pm incredibly grateful am I to you? Candice, you and I have known each other the longest of anyone and you have no idea how much I treasure both you and Orange(oh and Christine too of course!). I'm just so glad after both of us talking about this for so long that you finally "just did it"....It meant the world to me to finally get to meet some of these peeps that I've "known" for years. I knew that Barb was my other half and she proved me right. Loved her! Loved Akis!, Loved seeing Lora again and just laughing all day for 3 solid days!, Loved meeting Cathy and Randy, Brian and Deb, Julie and Mike, Melissa and Jade, Deb (Bikerfamily) and Cyndi (she's so beautiful). I'm just sorry that the others that we hoped would be there were absent. Just know you were remembered...Marianne and Russ :) AR Elizabeth, Janet Shum. Can't wait to read the next thrilling chapters and see more pictures of our great time. One thing is for sure, we truly live in some of the most beautiful and awe inspiring part of the country and for that, I'm so very proud that we could put our best face forward to show off our little corner of the world.
Aug. 22, 2014 8:00 pm
Hi Gary, Oh... we had a great time at the Winery! Wine is good! Yes, Oregon is so gorgeous! I love living here. Even if it does rain 56 inches a year! Thanks for dropping in.
Aug. 22, 2014 8:04 pm
1st Lady, I'm sooooooooooo bummed too! You would LOVE Oregon. It's so beautiful here. You would've had a great time. Yes, our AR besties are true beauties.... inside and out!!!
Aug. 22, 2014 10:45 pm
we had such a wonderful time myself and my moonkid Jade!! It was great getting to hug those necks of the ones I've already met before in person and finally getting to meet new ones too...It was an honor and treat to be among precious folks that all just had a blast. I wished I could get the video linked on here of the song that was busted out on the bus!! It was the best. Candice and OrangeZest were just gracious hosts. Can't wait to see everyone again. And it sure was great for Jade. She has a wonderful time, we had to also say Happy Birthday to Bikerfamily and Jade. They shared the same birthday ;-) Everyone was soo wonderful. I'm in LOVE with Candice and Orange!!! I'll admit it.
Aug. 23, 2014 8:54 am
Thank you so much for sharing the fun with us, such beautiful smiling faces, wish I was among them. Love that vineyard photo, just beautiful.
Aug. 23, 2014 9:54 am
Wish I could have been there. Looks like an amazing time, you did a fantastic job on planning the weekend!
Aug. 23, 2014 10:00 am
OH AVON, thank you! You are too kind and just the sweetest thing ever. Thank you for making the delicious Spicey Pecans and Salads. You are such a fantastic cook! I love you half-to-death my friend. It wouldn't have been the same without you! That's for sure!
Aug. 23, 2014 10:03 am
mis7up, we so LOVED having you! And, thank you for bringing Jade! I think each and every one of us fell in love with that girl. She is so grown up for her age. And, that she loves to cook... well that's just too cool! Your jams and jellies have been enjoyed very much! Thank you for bringing so many wonderful things and being such an important part of the weekend. Orange & I are in love with you too! Thanks sweetie. Hugs, great big HUGS!!!
Aug. 23, 2014 10:05 am
*Sherrie* thank you so much for stopping in. I am so glad you enjoyed reading about the fun time we had. It is certainly a weekend I'll remember forever.
Aug. 23, 2014 10:07 am
Hi Celeste, thanks so much! We had lots of fun! And, YES! Lots and lots and lots of planning went into this Round Up! Its taken a month to recover! LOL!
Aug. 23, 2014 11:56 am
Thank you for sharing and for the photos..hope everyone knows to left click to bring up full photo.
Aug. 23, 2014 1:31 pm
Hi Judy, thanks for that tip. Yes, I need to remember that Allrecipes is a Recipe Site and not a hosted blog site. Plus, I'm so tech challenged. You're welcome. I'm so glad you enjoyed looking through my blog.
Aug. 23, 2014 1:34 pm
Photos are lovely. Sounds like all had a great time, one of these years...
Aug. 23, 2014 1:55 pm
Such a wonderful time and I had the pleasure of staying with Candice and Orange. Got some great travel and sightseeing time in with Cookin' Cyn. I had to go back and look to see what was glowing in my hand. Must have been the white lightning (I mean water, cough...)
Aug. 23, 2014 5:01 pm
Thank you Mom for just doing this. It was a total blast (and a lot of work)! The breakfast before going to the coast was devine. But the trip over to the coast on the short bus takes the cake. We laughed, got time to catch up with each other, we laughed, we sang, played games and laughed some more! I love this AR family of ours, such good people. Thank you for getting someone to drive us over so we all could enjoy the scenery and each other! Love you so much!
Aug. 23, 2014 7:24 pm
still emeralds, you nailed it. Everyone IS drawn to Candice from the minute they meet her!
Aug. 24, 2014 7:21 am
It was so fabulous reconnecting with all of you. How fun to meet new faces too. I am so tickled that I finally met the beautiful AVON. AWESOME weekend!!!!!
Aug. 24, 2014 10:57 am
Wow, you deserve a blue ribbon for organizing what looks like a spectacular roundup, with a great turnout, too. On my last trip to Oregon, we spent a weekend in Portland then headed down to Lincoln City, where we spent the rest of our time (did day trips from there). We spent our last day in Willamette Valley on our trek back to the Portland airport (had a red eye flight so we were in no hurry). Went to the Evergreen Aviation Museum and just enjoyed the beauty of Willamette Valley (and some of its wine, too). Thanks for sharing with all of us, and looking forward to seeing more photos.
Aug. 24, 2014 12:57 pm
Manella, Thank you! We DID have a good time. AR Peeps are so awesome! YES! YES! YES! One of these days.....
Aug. 24, 2014 12:58 pm
Magnolia Blossom, you are the perfect houseguest! You can come stay here anytime at all. Next time, bring your hubby. We would love to meet him too! Thank you for coming and thank you for your friendship! Hugs!
Aug. 24, 2014 1:01 pm
Still Emeralds, OH! Thank you! That is so funny you say that... I have a group of friends that call me a Pixie. Probably because of my short hair and all I'm involved in. They always ask me how I get everything done! hehehe! BTW, I'll shoot you an e-mail tomorrow. We've got lots going on today. And, hubs & I have had terrible colds! UGH!
Aug. 24, 2014 1:03 pm
Christine, My DD! You are such an amazing woman. I can't thank you enough for all your help! I couldn't have pulled it off without you! And, absolutely, it was so fun for me & Dad to show off Oregon to everyone. I'm still laughing right out loud about the "Short Bus" ride over to the coast! What a hoot that was!!!
Aug. 24, 2014 1:15 pm
OH MAGS!!! You crack me up! And, I love you to pieces!!! But please don't "DRAW" me a pixie!
Aug. 24, 2014 1:19 pm
Maugigirl, it WAS fabulous to reconnect with everyone! I love AR Peeps! And, isn't AVON great! I'm so lucky that we, as she says, "Live just 17 miles and one rest stop way from each other." Thank you for coming and thank you for stopping by to comment. Hugs!
Aug. 24, 2014 1:21 pm
lutzflcat, I don't know about a Blue Ribbon, but I did need an entire week to rest afterwards. (more like a month) It was worth every single minute of plotting and planning. And HEY!!! The next time you're in Oregon, you simply MUST let me know. We would love to have you come for dinner or ????? Seriously, let me know. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to comment!
Aug. 25, 2014 7:50 am
Candice: Wow! Wasn't it fabulous? I thoroughly enjoyed the sightseeing you organized for us. So much fun to see everyone. AR Friends are the best!
Aug. 25, 2014 8:03 am
Bikerfamily, YES! Yes it was fabulous! We enjoyed you and everyone else too! Have a great week! Thanks for popping in!
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