When I left around 1230P, there were still walkers signing in and so far they had 230 walkers. I guess that's a lot of New Year's resolutions, huh?
We packed up with 3 dogs and 3 walkers in my car, Andrea and Laurel went in her car, than Nan and Max took the bus, Nancy drove in from Lake Oswego, Joann was there and walked with Jane, and we even saw Sharon along the way with her 2 dogs. We saw Larry and Rita when they drove up, and we walked slow, but we never did see them again. Karen Kelly said she felt a lot better and it's just always nice seeing everyone. Tomorrow we start off the New Year at 1030 a.m. in Vancouver. We go past that really nice dog park, so we are going, letting the dogs run for awhile, then finish the walk and that will pretty much finish the dogs off for the rest of the day.
Good walk, everyone loves looking at those old houses, seeing where the swift birds gather in the fall, it's such a beautiful area. We walked with Barb from Eugene for awhile and she said she loves getting her "city fix in" when she comes to Portland. I knew exactly what she meant.
Sorry this is so late, but we did have a good turnout at the Refuge on Monday, but the group picture didn't turn out at all. I think I'm going to have to break down and get a new camera, soon!
Tomorrow we are doing our group walk through Summerfield at 10 a.m. so if you would like to join us, meet us there and be signed in by 9:45 so we can start on time (hopefully Dick will have his camera.) Lunch will be at Pacific Breeze.
We will also be walking on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Saturday will be in Portland and Sunday we will be walking in Vancouver at 10:30 a.m. I'll send out the information by Friday.
Another Merrywalker tradition, Christmas Tea at the Lavender Tea House. Seventeen came for tea this afternoon and it was lovely. Tomorrow is the last walk before Christmas and you should be able to do some last minute shopping, if needed, since we will be in the Hawthorn District. See you there!
Happy Belated Birthday to both Sandy and Larry! The 18th was their day. Hey Larry, maybe we can get a free dessert on Wednesday.....
As part of REI's commitment to the community, we were invited to participate in a gift wrapping session yesterday. We actually made $37 in tips and gift wrapping fees. REI gave us the place and the materials and a spot where we could advertise our walks. Not only did we have a good time, but we can now purchase a $50 gift card from REI for our Easter Egg Walk. Thank you, REI. So if you are still out there shopping, consider something from one of our sponsors.
It was nice that so many people showed up today, considering everyone had to leave coffee early so they could get in more shopping. Don't forget the store at the Refuge, they have a lot of things you can purchase for both adults and children.
Tomorrow we will gather for the Annual Christmas Tea in Sherwood. There are still spaces available for our Tea which will begin at 12:30 p.m.
It was a perfect night for walking and over 200 walkers thought the same thing. No wind and a clear night, it doesn't get much better than that. The boats were right on time.. Eleven Merrywalkers, with their friends, did the 5k and we didn't even get to the turn around when we saw the ships. After we gathered for sliders and beers at the Buffalo Gap and then we had to head home. Tomorrow if you are doing any shopping in Bridgeport between 3-6 p.m. the Merrywalkers will be doing gift wrapping. 6 more shopping days to go!