American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Walk

On Saturday October 15 we (Don and Theo……oh yes, and Zoie) participated in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) walk inPortland, OR in honor of Theo’s cousin Liz.  This was Don’s (and Zoie’s) second year participating in the AFSP walk as part of the Wine-by-Joe (last year Theo was still in school and in Bellingham, WA for labs and exams).  We are proud of the fact that over our two years of participation we have raised more than $500 for this very worthy cause.

The Wine-by-Joe team is sponsored by the Wine-by-Joe/Dobbes Family Estate Winery and its owner/winemaker Joe Dobbes.  Joe has been personally touched during his life by suicide and is a generous supporter of AFSP.  Last years team, which included many Dobbes employees was huge (see bottom photo on the right).  This year the grape harvest in the Willamette Valley was a month late and first fruit arrived at the Dobbes winery on the day of the walk.  This is something that can’t be controlled and prevented all the winery employees, including Joe, from participating.  Theo, Zoie, and I were pleased to represent team Wine-by-Joe!  Below are some selected photos we took during the walk.

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Theo and Zoie walking along the east side of the Willamette River

Looking back at the Steel Bridge from the east side of the Willamette River

Looking back at Riverfront Park from the Steel Bridge

Theo and Zoie going over the Steel Bridge

Walkers going over the Hawthorne Bridge

Theo and Zoie entering Riverfront Park

Lead walkers at Riverfront Park

Walking across the Hawthorne Bridge

The walk begins!

The walk begins!

Senator Ron Wyden addressing the crowd

Walkers listing to AFSP organizers before the walk

Walkers listening to AFSP organizers before the walk

Posters honoring loved ones

Walkers gathering near the AFSP registration area

Theo & Zoie getting ready for the AFSP walk

AFSP registration desk

An Enjoyable Day at the Dobbes Family Estate Picnic!

Theo with friends Dean, Satin, Terrie, and Joe at the picnic

Today Theo and I spent the afternoon at the third-annual Dobbes Family Estate picnic held at their Larkins Estate Vineyard.  I’ve been to two of the three vineyard picnics and the weather at both were hot.  Not sure what the temperature was today but I know I shed a lot of sweat.  These events are always fun in that we get to eat some good food (the sandwiches, although simple in appearance were absolutely amazing), spend time with good friends, and chat with Joe Dobbes and the rest of the winery staff.  Below is a slideshow of photos I shot today (in spite of my camera’s dying battery).  If you want to see them via Flickr click here.

Joe Dobbes getting ready to boogie.

Charles trying to decide how best to explain the hand prints on his pants.

Charles trying to decide what he thinks of Joe's hat.

Charles not finding his boots decided to eat.

Charles looking for his cowboy boots.

Theo just had a thought for her Wiki page.

Terrie wondering what the heck Dean is doing?

Joe and contentment

The wine must have said something Dean didn't like.

Dean had a funny thought and Satin is focused on her wine.

Loading plates with wonderful food at the Dobbes picnic.

Larkins Estate Vineyard

Larkins Estate Vineyard

The Dobbes picnic crowd on a vineyard tour.

Joe Dobbes talking grapes intensely!

Joe Dobbes talking grapes.

Joe Dobbes giving a vineyard tour.

Joe Dobbes giving a political speech.

Dobbes picnic under the big top!

Dean, Satin, Terrie, Joe, and Theo cooking up something devious.

Yakima Valley Vacation!!!

For the first time in three years we took a family vacation.  Well, not quite a family vacation since Sean and Carlie could not join us (both are in school).  On the surface the Yakima Valley does not sound like a vacation paradise.  However some fine wines are produce in the valley and many wineries in the northwest source grapes from the valley.  We had never visited this wine region so thought it would be fun to explore it for a few days.  If any of you are interested in specifics regarding wineries we visited we would be glad to share (don’t want to make this post too long).  One of the fun things we did on the trip was to stay in teepees (see photos)!  In reality they were fancy yurts.  Even so the beds were comfy and they contained all the necessities required for a relaxing time.  The only downside was that we picked the one really hot week to take our trip and the teepees were not air conditioned.  Theo had planned to just hang around the teepees and read for a few days but that didn’t work out.  When we came back from our daily excursions we were provided a BBQ which we used to cook some wonderful evening meals.  Each morning we were pampered with an elegant breakfast provided by the owners which did nothing less than underscore our enjoyment of the trip.  Below are some photos we took on the trip for your enjoyment.  If you would like to see the our entire Yakima photo album go toYakima 2011.

Cherry Wood main house

Horses at Cherry Wood

Cherry Wood open-air shower

Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast, and Barn

Col Solare Tasting Room

Ryan and Theo at Col Solare

Col Solare

View from Col Solare

Powers Family at Col Solare

Ryan and Theo on Col Solare Tour

Cabernet Sauvengion grapes

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TielTap Winery

View from Teiltap

Theo and Ryan at TeilTap

Teiltap Wine Dog

Don and Zoie

The View from Cherry Hill

Ryan's Teepee

Our Teepee