August 24, 2011

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

Last week I spent a day at the Nutrilite Center for Optimal Health in Buena Park, California for a health and nutrition event hosted by Amway. Yes, you know, that Amway. The person at the party you don’t want to talk to because they’ll try to sell you something? Note: I am not affiliated with Amway in any way, but was invited to this event along with Jenny from Picky Palate, Emily from Busy Mommy, and Lori from 24/7 Moms for a comprehensive health assessment to determine the best health management program for my genetic type. My genetic type. I was a bit skeptical at first, but my curiosity got the better of me. I couldn’t resist. And I am relieved to report that no one tried to sell me anything or tried to get me to sell anything the entire time I was there! Whew.

The day started with having my blood drawn, blood pressure taken, and an ultrasound on my carotid artery to monitor plaque build up. Then we moved on to a bone density test, flexibility test, physical fitness tests to determine cardio and core strength, and a body fat percentage test. To my relief, the scale I stepped on to determine the percentage of body fat was almost exactly like this scale that I gave away on my blog earlier this year, and the results were exactly the same as my scale at home. I’d always wondered if that thing was really accurate! Now I know.

And finally, we did a DNA swab.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

What completely fascinated me about the DNA swab was that their studies have shown it’s possible to determine the the best health and weight management program for a person by their genetic type. Basically we learned that people are genetically disposed to perform optimally on one of three diets: low carb, low fat (which would be high carb), or a balance of both healthy carbs and fats. And you know what surprised me? Only a very low percentage of the population — less than 20% — perform optimally on the balanced diet. Around 40% do best on low carb, and approximately another 40% do best on low fat. And you know what else was really surprising to me? Eating a diet opposite of what you are genetically predisposed for can cause you to gain weight. So it’s possible there are those out there strictly adhering to a low carb diet or a low fat diet and still gaining weight. The results of my tests will be here in a few weeks and I can’t wait to see what they say!

After our morning of fitness, we had a totally laid-back lunch with Nutrilite’s new spokesperson, Kurt Warner. And in a room full of giggling girls, there was a whole lot more talk about his episodes on Dancing With the Stars than his two-time MVP NFL career. :) He also told us about his wife’s new book, One Call Away, and it will be my next read. Her story sounds amazing.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

The next morning we were up bright and early again for a day trip to Nutrilite’s Trout Lake Farm in Washington. For this quick trip we had the amazing opportunity to take the Amway private jet from beautiful California to Portland, Oregon, where we drove over into Washington.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

No lines. No waiting. No security. No seat backs in their upright and locked position. Just go to the airport and get on the plane! I could get used to this kind of travel.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

This was our breakfast on the plane. An amazing breakfast burrito with salsa and guacamole and a giant bowl of fresh, delicious fruit. Definitely not your average airplane meal!

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

This was my view for most of the trip.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

This little basket of snacks was sitting right next to me.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

When we were preparing for landing, they asked if I’d like to go up to the cockpit and sit in the jump seat. Me??!

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

But who am I to argue? I grabbed my camera and took off before I had a chance to change my mind!

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

Making a big turn for landing…

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

Flying over the river, which is the Washington/Oregon state line, and runs parallel to the runways at PDX. Almost there!

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

About to land! We’re right over the runway. I have to tell you. I don’t know if it was because I was in the cockpit, or because it was a private jet, or because our pilot was incredibly skilled, but that landing was without question the smoothest landing I have ever experienced. If my eyes were closed, I honestly don’t think I would’ve been able to tell you when the wheels touched down.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

On the way to lunch we made a quick stop at Multnomah Falls.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

How beautiful was this waterfall. Many people there were hiking all the way to the top!

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

After lunch we drove over the river into Washington.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

This was my first visit to the Pacific Northwest and gorgeous views blew me away.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

Trout Lake Farm is the largest certified organic herb farm in North America. Their primary crops include blueberries, echinacea, oregano, peppermint, dandelions, lemon balm and white kidney beans.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

The views were just stunning. You could look one way and see Mount Hood…

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

And look the other way and see Mount Adam.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm


Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

My favorite part of the farm was visiting the blueberry fields. We wandered their giant blueberry field with rows and rows of blueberry bushes as far as the eye could see.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

There were 14 different varieties of blueberries at Trout Lake Farm, and not only did they all taste different, but they all looked different as well.

Day Trip to Trout Lake Farm

They were delicious, sweet, and perfectly sun warmed. I could live there. Give me some frozen yogurt and I’d be in heaven.

Oh by the way! See that football I’m holding up there in the photo with Kurt Warner? The one where I’m sweating and wearing yoga pants and workout clothes? I got it signed by Kurt and brought it back as a souvenir for a special Kevin and Amanda reader. Cause I love you guys. If you or someone you know would love this football, just leave me a note in the comments section of this post before midnight tonight. I’ll draw a winner on Thursday and announce it here on this post on Friday. See you then!

The winner of the Kurt Warner football is #203 Barbara Ford. Congrats Barbara! I’ve sent you an email.

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Maggie August 24, 2011 at 10:08 am

What a great post Amanda! I love that I can live vicariously through you and your amazing trips! I’ve been to Multnomah Falls, and it’s beautiful. And what an awesome giveaway – my fiance loves football, and I love Kurt Warner! xoxo

Ashley Bird August 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

I’ve lived here in the great northwest and have never been to trout lake farms! It looks absolutely stunning! Im totally there! Thanks for the beautiful photos of our state! We are so lucky!

Maggie August 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

What an amazing post Amanda! I love that I can live vicariously through you and your trips! Thank you for the awesome giveaway – my fiance loves football and I love Kurt Warner! xoxo

Jynelle August 24, 2011 at 10:17 am

Amanda! You are in my old stomping ground & seeing your pictures made me homesick!!! That is where I grew up & it is awesomely beautiful. I hope you get the chance sometime to go even further North… is gorgeous! I grew up watching Warner…..GO Seahawks!

Amy P August 24, 2011 at 10:19 am

My husband would absolutely love this football!

Whitney W August 24, 2011 at 10:21 am

My husband is a huge football fan and would love that! Looks like you had an awesome time – it looks really pretty up there.

Calley August 24, 2011 at 10:21 am

What an awesome post! Beautiful photos! I was following you on instagram and was very curious to see where this private jet was taking you. Amazing!
I was a huge Kurt Warner fan on DWTS and I’m sure my husband would love the football as well! ;)

Amy P August 24, 2011 at 10:24 am

My husband would love this football!

Urban Wife August 24, 2011 at 10:24 am

The Northwest looks amazing – I cannot wait to visit one day. As for the football, I would give it to my brother or husband.

Kayla August 24, 2011 at 10:24 am

Looks like an awesome trip! Kurt Warner is adorable!

Kayla August 24, 2011 at 10:27 am

Looks like an amazing trip! Kurt Warner is adorable!

Kayla August 24, 2011 at 10:28 am

Sorry – it went on here twice!

Christi Sullivan August 24, 2011 at 10:29 am

YIKES!!! I super LOVE Kurt Warner and his story….I would love this football!

Jacqui August 24, 2011 at 10:31 am

My dad would love the football! Amazing pictures as well, I love the flowers and mountains so much

Tracy W. August 24, 2011 at 10:36 am

I love football AND Dancing with the Stars! Kurt Warner and his family seem like amazing people. How fabulous you were able to meet him. And I would love love LOVE to win that football!

Meggie Fuhrman August 24, 2011 at 10:37 am

Our family loves Kurt Warner!! He is from Iowa and we live in Iowa, so we have watched him from the beginning when he played for the Iowa Barnstormers!! He is such a good guy!

Leanne Wight August 24, 2011 at 10:40 am

What a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures! You are one lucky girl! My son, who just turned 13 and is into all things sports related would love that football! He has a small collection of autographed sports memorabilia and I know he would love to add that football to it! Thanks so much for even being willing to give it away!

Diane August 24, 2011 at 10:41 am

Being from St. Louis…. we LOVE Kurt! How exciting you had the opportunity to meet him.

Morgan M. August 24, 2011 at 10:41 am

Looks like a great trip! And an even better giveaway!!

Scott M August 24, 2011 at 10:42 am

Great giveaway!

Peggy Does Cake August 24, 2011 at 10:44 am

Still living vicariously through you, Amanda; that looks like such an amazing trip! I’d love that football for my nephew.

amy s (OH) August 24, 2011 at 10:46 am

I would love to go to a place like that to learn all those interesting health facts!
I can’t believe you met Kurt Warner! My dad would love that football.

Melinda August 24, 2011 at 10:48 am

Looks like a fabulous trip! My daughter would love to win that football!

Teri Dingler August 24, 2011 at 10:50 am

Include me in your wonderful, generous drawing! And as a HUGE Auburn fan, I need to send you (as I am this year’s coordinator) info on the AU/AUM Schools of Nursing Blue Jean Ball held at Coach Pat Dye’s Crooked Oaks homestead in October! Loads of fun watching Coach Dye head up the live auction!

carolyn edwards August 24, 2011 at 11:00 am

Love him! He is so cute and a great role model. Great father and sports figure!

Lauren Way August 24, 2011 at 11:36 am

Wow! I love your pictures + blog! That’s so cool that you got to visit the northwest.
My husband & I live in that area {Vancouver, WA}. We are both from Birmingham, AL and moved up here in January when he was offered a job. We are young newlyweds so it was a crazy moving experience for us. We recently visited Mt. Hood for our first anniversary. Looks like you had a good visit up here. :)

P.S. My husband is an Alabama grad, while I’m an Auburn grad.
War Eagle!

Nicole at Mommy Moxie August 24, 2011 at 11:59 am

Being from Phoenix, we are huge Cardinals fans and would LOVE to have a ball signed by Kurt Warner in our sports case! He is such an upstanding guy and we were disappointed to see him retire.

Donna August 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm

This would be a great gift for my husband! He’s been working so hard lately –

I’d love for the both of us to do this DNA swab. I do believe these diets are different for each of us, and I’m one who definitely gains on a low fat diet!

I’ve never seen the Washington facility, it looks gorgeous! Our Pacific Northwest is beautiful!

Thanks for the opportunity and the wonderful photos!

Blessings, Donna

Marie August 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I love the Pacific Northwest. The best vacation I have ever taken was to the Oregon Coast. My husband and I decided that we are going to retire to Astoria. Oh, and I have a good friend who would die if he had that football. He is a die-hard Rams fan, and he loved watching Kurt play!

Kari August 24, 2011 at 12:09 pm

What a great give-away! I’d like that football!!

Bonnie Phillips August 24, 2011 at 12:10 pm

My husband is a huge Kurt Warner fan! He’d love to win the ball!

Jennifer Cowan August 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I am a huge Kurt fan. I lived in STL when the Rams won the Super Bowl and Kurt got his MVP. I know more about his NFL career than I do about DWTS. I did watch the first episode of his season to see him dance… but sadly I just could not keep watching.

I keep hoping he will show up coaching somewhere (because he would be great at it) but I know his family is his first priority!

Jennifer McClure August 24, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I would love the football! I love your website… have opened me up to a whole new world of fonts! Thanks!

Lila Knight August 24, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Wow what a trip wish I could do that.

Bev Weidner August 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm

That burrito just sent me into orbit.

Maria August 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I agree, amazing! I live on the Washington side of the river, about 45 minutes from Multnomah Falls.

My son and husband would love me if I won the footbal for them, they are huge fans!!

LaDonna August 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Your trip and pictures were amazing. First class flying, the amazing views and treatment. WOW!! Love love love the fact that you met Kurt Warner. My husband and I are huge fans. He has an amazing story. I’m interested in his wife’s book as well. I didn’t know she had one available.

LaDonna August 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm

What an amazing trip and photos. The views and first class treatment is one every woman wants. Love love love the fact that you met Kurt Warner. My husband and I are huge fans. He has an amazing story. When I read about it I immediately became a fan of his. I didn’t know his wife had a book. I’ll have to check into it.

Anna August 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I love the close-up picture of the purple flowers with the mountain in the background…can’t wait to visit my brother-in-law-to-be’s family in Portland someday :)

Denise Webster August 24, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Ok, the test intrigued me. I want one! Mostly I just want someone to tell me I can eat whatever I want and be skinny. ;o) I loved the pictures.. The private jet was amazing! Oh, and the football? I have three boys playing football right now and a son in law who played for Texas A&M. Someone would get this for Christmas at my house and be VERY excited!

Nancy August 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm

OHHHH..Amanda…I live my life through your blog! I love coming here to see what you are up to and to find out about so much. I just loved reading about Kurt Warner and his wife and their 7 kids! I am so going out and buying her book when I can afford it. Stories like theirs make me realize I could be doing so much more with my life for God. I would love this football as a gift for my son or my husband, not sure who deserves it more right now.

Lydia August 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm

My dad loves football and his birthday is on Labor Day. Would be a great gift. Looks like you had a great trip! How fun!!

Danielle August 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I love the Northwest is the summer time. However I live in the Southwest, Phoenix, actually, and LOVE Kurt Warner! I can’t believe you’re going to give away that football! I know Instangram is all the rage right now, but I love your “regular” photography so much that I’ve been disappointed that you started using Instangram. Not today baby! Those pics are gorgeous! I love your blog. Thanks for doing it.

Terri August 24, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Hi Amanda!

Wow! A football signed by Kurt Warner. My husband would really love me for that! Thanks for a great blog!

Lisa August 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I’m from arizona and love kurt warner and football. We miss him playing with the cardinals. Would love to win that football.

LauraEmm August 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Amanda! :) So glad you got to visit Oregon. I lived the first 20 years of my life there, and I loved it (my first “job” was picking blueberries!). Now I live in the Phoenix area, and we are huge Arizona Cardinals fans. My husband has a Kurt Warner jersey, and my 6-year-old son thinks he was the best QB ever! Plus, what a great role model he is! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

Tina Hicks August 24, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Oh Amanda, What a fun trip you took! That is very informative info on the dieting stuff! Who would have Known? Anyway, I love reading your blog what an fun life you lead! You always have awesome giveaways and you are so generous with them! Thank you so much!

Christy T. August 24, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Your pictures are beautiful! I would love to give the football to my cousin – he LOVES football!!!

Christy T. August 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Your pictures are beautiful! I would love to give the football to my cousin – he LOVES football!!

Christa August 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Hey! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now but have never commented (thank you by the way for those cookie, Oreo, brownie things…amazing! I was the hit of my boyfriend’s birthday camping trip.
On to the important stuff. I would love to have that football. My little brother recently took a job teaching English to kids in Korea and he will be gone an entire year. That’ss right, no birthdays or holidays celebrated together. I miss him terribly and his birthday is coming up in September. I’m trying to send him a package of things that will remind him of home and that football would be perfect! Thanks and keep up the great blog work ;)

Emily August 24, 2011 at 1:58 pm

What a great trip and gift! Crossing my fingers I will have one Christmas gift under my belt:)

Julie August 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Glad to see you in my neck of the woods! Beautiful pictures, and Kurt’s not to bad either lol.

Patricia August 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I’m really not interested in having the football, but I would love to know your skin care routine and what kind of make-up you wear. Your skin always looks so radiant. Have to admit, I’m a little jealous.

Care to share?

Kim Witherspoon August 24, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Thanks, Amanda, for allowing me to travel to so many fun places! I’m a southern gal who has been following your blog for a long time. I often wish you and Jenny were my bff’s Would love to travel with you guys! P.S. I have a young nephew who lost his dad (my brother) last September to a massive heart attack at the age of 44. I would love to be able to surprise him with the Kurt Warner football. Maybe I’ll get lucky!!!

chris August 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm

uh Kurt Warner. i’m dying here from jealousy! not cuz i’m hot for him but because #1 he is an incredible human being #2 i’m a huge sports dork(and i live in AZ)! he’s mos def in my top of favorite athletes!

thanks for sharing your experience. i’m so jealous. i’m so jealous i just might write another comment, like later or next week WHEN IM STILL NOT OVER IT!

Mirlin August 24, 2011 at 3:01 pm

If I am lucky enough to win I would have to draw names from a hat as I have eight brothers! Can’t play favorites! The pictures were beautiful.

nicole August 24, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I know someone in my family would like the football! I grew up just a few miles south of where Kurt spent some time playing football while in college.

And honestly, I thought there were going to be pictures of a fish farm. Is there a lake nearby called Trout Lake? :)

shane August 24, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Would like to donate this to a Christian school fundraiser.

Debe H August 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Wow- what great info about diets. Cant wait to see what your results say. The pictures were stunning especially the blueberries. There is one I would rather have framed than winning the football. However, I would still be happy with the football. I love your blog and am envious of your photography skills (and equipment). Have a great rest of the week.

melissa August 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm

LOVE blueberries.

Nicole White August 24, 2011 at 3:08 pm

LOL! I have to say that when I read this (in the elevator at work with the maintenance man), I literally yelled “WHAT!!!??” You were literally five minutes from where I just moved from! I would give the world my precious celebrity memorabilia to shake your hand! LOL! Portland, OR is the greatest!!

Amanda August 24, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Not only would my boyfriend loves the football but I would too! We are both huge supporters of Kurt and all that he does! He’s not to bad on the eyes either ;)

Lisa Michelle August 24, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I buy Amway products! I have taken their vitamins in the past and kinda slacked at buying them – they can be pretty expensive. But I do love thier laundry products!! I just happen to know a couple of my friends who are distributors for Amway. :-) Anyways, my boy would love that football!

The pacific north west is a gorgeous part of the country. Glad you enjoyed it!

Alessi August 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I just started reading your blog a couple weeks ago..I found it because of your homemade ice cream recipe! Your trip looked amazing and the pictures were gorgeous. My boyfriend and his family are huge football fans, while I know absolutely nothing about it (’s a secret)!

TinaB August 24, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Amazing pictures!! What a beautiful area!

Susan M. August 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm

What an awesome life you are living!!! And all that eye candy too. ;-) I’m talking about the blueberries of course! :)

sarah August 24, 2011 at 4:01 pm

How awesome is this!!! That could make one niiiice christmas gift :)

Haley Hill August 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm

My husband would LOVE to win the football!

Sabrina August 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm

What an amazing trip!! Beautiful pictures:) My husband would love the signed football. He loves Kurt Warner.

Megan Joy August 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Oh I love Kurt Warner! He’s such a stand-up guy.

Denise P. August 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I’ve added that waterfall to my list of places I must visit.

Connie August 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm

That football would, without question, make me the GRANDMOTHER OF THE GENERATION with my grandsons. Rock on!
And, loved your post and pics. One of my best friends lives in PDX, as well as favorite cousin, so your pics make me feel closer to them today.

Sara August 24, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Wow! Can’t wait to hear about your diet type. Is there anywhere we normal folk can do these tests?

Ashley August 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm

My boyfriend says Kurt Warner is amazing and he would love a chance to win the football! I think your trip looks amazing, the mountains are beautiful. I would love to live somewhere like that. I have lived only in Michigan and Florida, possibly the two flattest places on earth.

Diane @ Longaberger Lifestyle August 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Amanda you do have great adventures!!
Gotta tell you my favorite photo. The Longaberger Bagel Basket filled with goodies. It’s so fun to see Longaberger used in fun places like ‘your’ private jet.

Mindy August 24, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Every morning I open my email box… scanning through (mostly junk email), then I see a Kevin & Amanda email! Every email includes beautiful pictures along with wonderfully written stories of your trips. It almost feels like you are taking us along with you on your journeys around the US. There is nothing more refreshing than waking up at 5am to beautiful pictures and stories so inspiring. Especially when you know the day ahead will be filled with stress. For your efforts to your readers, I am (we are all) thankful. I read every single word that you write, and it brings me such delight. For the moments of reading and seeing your photos I am transported into the journey that you share with us. This football is a nice gift for you to offer. It would be an excellent edition to my husband’s bookcase where he keeps two shelves of his NFL memorabilia. Adding this football of two-time MVP NFL star KURT WARNER.. would be an awesome gift for him! Thank you for being so kind to offer it to your readers. Sincerely, Mindy

Sue August 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Looks like a once in a lifetime experience.

Kristy August 24, 2011 at 4:45 pm

What a wonderful experience and such beautiful pictures. Love football too! Thanks for the chance to win!

Aimee August 24, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I’m so glad you enjoyed your first trip to the PNW! We are so proud and happy to call it our new home.

Rene August 24, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Wow! Sounds like a fantastic trip. You get to do the coolest things! Beautiful photos too. Almost feels like we were there with you. Thanks for sharing your experience. Would Love the football for my Son!!!

Andree Close August 24, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Beautiful! I would love to see that waterfall! I love Washington State.

Christina August 24, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Your trip sounded amazing!! I was waiting days to hear where you went! Your pictures are astounding (as always)!! It is so interesting to hear the information that you learned. I can’t wait to hear your results…And my husband would love the football, he’s a HUGE sports fan :)

Cretia August 24, 2011 at 6:20 pm

My son would love to have the football!

Cathy August 24, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest! Born and raised here!!
My boys would LOVE the football! Enjoy your stay.

Chris Reddick August 24, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Oh my goodness what a lovely trip!!! I love all the fresh produce photos!! How fun!!

Julie August 24, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Pick me! Pick me!! I love football, and really love Kurt Warner!!

Jane August 24, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Winning that would make my football-loving husband very happy!

Tara Drake August 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Huge Kurt Fan! Also, would love to know how we can partake in all that health assessment! Sounds wonderful

Jen Knox August 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Wow, breathtaking photos! I’ve never been to the Pacific Northwest and your photos illustrate to me exactly how it “feels” like that area of the country would be.

Impressed at your bravery in the cockpit of the plane too! Not sure I’d like to be front and center like that, but it sounds thrilling!

If you happen to choose me for the football, it would go to my sweet husband and eventually my son who are a football fanatic and fanatic-in-training. =) Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Kelly August 24, 2011 at 7:24 pm

My dad would love to have that football!
Great post and beautiful pictures, as always!

Lindsey K August 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Oh my, my brother in law would love this…what a wonderful giveaway!

Cindy August 24, 2011 at 7:42 pm

I’d love to have that for my grandson! A huge Kurt Warner fan (as am I).

Dawn August 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I LOVE that you take photos the whole way! I am born and raised in WA state (though north of where you are) it really is gorgeous everywhere here. I can’t turn my head and not see something stunning!

My hubbs would LOVE the signed football, if you are back in WA– I blog too and would love to get together!!


Bryanna August 24, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I spent about a week in the Pacific Northwest last summer (my first time also) and just LOVED it! It is so fresh and beautiful.

Oh, and my dad would be super stoked to have that football ;)

Shannon R August 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm

As a St. Louis resident and Rams fan, that ball would be awesome!

I’m very interested to hear about what the DNA swab has to say…the whole concept is interesting.

Great pictures, as always.

Jill Gardner August 24, 2011 at 8:44 pm

My son would absolutely love to get his hands on that football!!! I love your blog and think it is so cool that you are giving this away!

Kelly August 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm

Oooh fun!! I can’t believe you’d give it away, but I love the chance to win. PS I want to *be* Amanda!

Karen August 24, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Well, look at you rubbing shoulders with Kurt Warner! How lucky can you be! I hope you got another signed football for Kevin!!

Julie Daughdrill August 24, 2011 at 9:20 pm

What a great trip! I love the pictures. I hope it is not too late to enter the contest for the football. I would really be the “favorite” grandmother!!

Linda August 24, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Gorgeous photos!!! My son would love the Kurt Warner football. He’s a fan and plays tight end/defensive end on our high school football team.

Sarah Jordan August 24, 2011 at 9:43 pm

What an AMAZING trip! I want to be there too!!!

The football would be nice too!!!

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