Monday, June 16, 2008
June 7 was the day! What awful weather, but we had a great time! Bob and I went together in his MINI, and we met two more MINIs in Ellensburg to drive the Canyon Road together! Then we met up with three more MINIs in Naches, and drove up Hwy 410 to meet with many more MINIs on the other side! There were 27 MINIs total, I think because the weather held people home, and only five drove on up to Paradise after the lunch. The lunch was great! Everyone brought wonderful food, and there was sooo much of it! I took a yummy Antipasto Pasta Salad, and Bob brought two cases of soda! When we drove into the Park, a herd of Elk decided to depart! It was too much! It was a little damp, but everyone was in great spirits. We met so many great people, and several from this side of the mountains!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Well, Saturday the 7th, the MINI club is having a drive! It is the East Meets West on a Drive to Paradise (Mt. Rainier). However, plans have changed slightly as this was to be a potluck lunch, and since there is over 8-feet of snow on the grounds at Paradise, we are driving down to Packwood to eat our lunch! It should be a lot of fun, and I can't wait! So far, I believe I counted 48 MINIs going on this trip! Wow! The weather isn't going to be so great, but the day will be perfect, I just know it! More after it happens!
Well, Bob has been looking for a MINI now ever since the Haulin' Ash tour. So today we went looking and he came home with a 2005 Chili Red Cooper with a white roof! No stripes, but a sunroof! We then met with a couple from the MINI club that I purchased a cabrio cover from, and they each brought their cars! So we had a little MINI meeting at the Park and Ride! What a hoot they are! We ended up talking for about an hour! Then we went to Heidi's where we played a zoo game with the girls, and had dinner and desert then we drove home in our respective MINIs! We had a great day all in all!
May 17 was the Haulin' Ash Winery Tour in memory of Mt. St. Helen's eruption. It was a chance for a whole lot of MINIs to get together, along with their respective owner's, to have fun and visit several wineries in the area. We started at this side of the mountains by a drive through the Canyon, and then the first stop was Piety Flats Winery, where everyone brought a picnic lunch and a great chance to get to know those who we had not met previously. Then we went to Windy Point Winery. What a great view they have of the valley! Then we headed to Prosser, where we made a stop at Canyon's Edge, where they have a lovely chocolate port called Jeremiah's Chocolate. Wow! Then we went to Airfield Estates, they had a great Merlot. You know me and my Merlots! From there we went to Kestrel Vineyards, and wow, everything was great! From there, Bob and I said goodbye to the club as they were headed to Tri-Cities for an overnight. We made one more stop at Olsen Winery, then headed home. What a great day! 43 MINIs! Wow! The temperature on the way home in Yakima reached exactly 100 degrees! What a great time it was... lots of good memories. Especially driving down the freeway and getting waves from every car on the road!