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We’re back from the Pacific Northwest! part 1 of 2

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Aug 15, 2012

Just back from the Pacific Northwest, where our audience size has doubled each of the three times I have spoken there.

I had Couer d’Alene on the schedule so I could see my grandpa, but he died in May. We went anyway and spoke to nearly 150 of our friends, and then 230 in Seattle and 330 in Portland. Thank you all for coming; I always feel so honored that anyone would come, but especially those who drive a long distance!  Laura and Debbie will be back, the week after Labor Day!

Last year we promised ourselves that next time, we would stop for a few days to learn more about the area. We hung out with my college roommate, Paula, and Kristin’s brother and his wife, Todd and Lori. We went to a music-and-food festival downtown called The Bite.

We ran and biked along the Willamette; hiked in Seaside, Oregon; and picked blueberries in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge with its high waterfalls on Sunday on our way to the airport. In Seaside, the scenery got a lot better the second day we were there, when a whole lotta 6’4” and shirtless showed up for a huge volleyball tournament on the beach. Just as we were leaving.

Kristin and I were blown away by the hydrangeas in bloom everywhere, the easy public transportation, organic everything, and thousands of people on bikes…..we loved everything about Portland.

One morning I ran miles away from the downtown Marriott where we stayed. As I turned around to run back, I realized I was really hungry. Luckily wild blackberry bushes grow everywhere along the river banks and I had an amazing snack of huge, juicy blackberries, even if my arms and legs were covered with scratches.

What an amazing place. We are thinking of moving GreenSmoothieGirl.com there one day. (My only qualm is the lack of sunshine much of the year! But I discovered there are many tennis courts and clubs.) First we have to finish raising some kids here in Utah.


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6 thoughts on “We’re back from the Pacific Northwest! part 1 of 2”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn !

    I’m sorry that my question has nothing to do with your blog today but I’m going to ask you anyway. I’ve wanted to purchase your ’12 StepsTo Whole Foods’ program for a while now but am not able to do so at the present time. Money is a bit tight right now. However, I could afford your new ’12 Steps To Whole Foods Menu Planner’ . Would your menu planner be ok for me to start with ?

    Thank you,

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Robert, great place to start. 🙂

  2. Anonymous says:

    Will there be a medicine cabinate makeover in seattle? Spokane and portland would be great but too far to travel etc. Thanks

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Shirley, tonight there are MCM classes posted for Seattle!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, We LOVED having you here in the Great Northwest again! It was wonderful seeing how packed our Portland class was because it’s evidence of the hunger SO many have today to learn how to eat well through preventative nutrition. You’re making such a difference in this world. I’m thankful for the chance to have visited with you afterwards and look forward to your next visit.

    If–when!–you end up moving green smoothie girl here… :)…or the next time you’re in town, I’d love to treat you to lunch or dinner at my all-time favorite restaurant, “Blossoming Lotus.” Warmest blessings to you and your wonderful team!

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Leanne, that’s awesome, we went to Blossoming Lotus before our lecture! Thanks for coming, so nice to meet you!

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