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    Posted: September/07/13 at 1:04pm
It's almost here - This Is MINIs On The Beach, a new event brought to you by the organizers of the somewhat-well-received "Stonehenge" drives.  There is a two-day minimum stay, so this will be a Friday/Saturday drive, June 26th/27th, 2015.

Added 3/15/15: Here is the 2015 Rates and Information Flyer from the Ocean Spray Beach Resort.  Although many of you have booked already, it might be a good idea to download and read this so that you are familiar with their amenities.

Attendee List as of 6/25/15:
If you don't see your name on this list, or you are the Mystery Person in Cabin 7, or you plan to motor with us and stay elsewhere in Westport, we need to hear from you in order to know how many cars to expect at either the Federal Way departure point or the rolling meet up at the Park and Ride.  We don't want to leave anyone behind!

Cabin 1 - StevilB (Steve and Sheryl)
Cabin 2 - David
Cabin 3 - Hot Chocolate (Susan & ? Boone)
Cabin 4 - SAMSON - Rushbys (Brian, Monica & Zoe)
Cabin 5 - MacCauls (Rob & Joann)/Wilds (Martin & Anne) - 2 cars
Cabin 6 - Sixate (Bryan and Elizabeth)
Cabin 7 - MYSTERY PERSON
Cabin 8 - Not from PSMINI (Standing reservation)
Cabin 9 - Beakerzor (Kuren & Sooz)
Cabin 10 - Valvashon - Harts (Bruce, Stacie, Elliott, Hazel) 

Revised Schedule as of 6/24/15:
Now! A Downloadable PDF of the complete route instructions is
here.

Friday, June 26th:

3:00 pm:  Driver's Meeting, The Commons Mall, Federal Way.  Meet up in the parking lot at the corner of S. 322nd St. and 23rd Ave. S. on the east end of the mall (near Target and Azteca).

3:15 pm:  Depart from The Commons Mall, Federal Way.  

4:15 - 4:30pm:  Rolling Meet Up (Time is approximate)
South end drivers join in as we motor past the 512 Park and Ride.

5:15 - 5:30pm:  Olympia Area Rest Stop/Meet Up (Time is approximate)
Safeway at Mud Bay Rd. and Cooper Point Rd.

7:00 pm:  Arrive at the Ocean Spray Beach Resort in Grayland, Washington.  

Google Maps has this at 2 hours and 12 minutes; we are generously allowing for traffic.  We'll check in, unpack and start the grills for the PSMINI Burger and Brat Cookout in the courtyard of the Ocean Spray (they have grills on site). You will be bringing a cooler with some groceries for your use.

Saturday, June 27th:

9:00 am:  After a night of heavy drinking, make yourself some breakfast.

11:00 am:  You time.  Visit the Grays Harbor Lighthouse, the observation tower in Downtown Westport, Westport Brewing Co., the Tinderbox Coffee Roasters or the Pomegranate gift shop across the street.  Don't forget to visit the fish docks along Westhaven Dr. to buy some fresh fish for the Saturday night PSMINI Seafood Cookout in the courtyard of the Ocean Spray.  The more adventurous might want to charter a boat and catch some even fresher fish!  Note: Charter boats leave around 6:00am.

2:00 pm:  Group visit to the Westport Winery.  Five tastes for $5, waived with a purchase.  They have 34 wines and 3 hard ciders to choose from.  Don't forget to get something that goes well with your fish!

5:00 pm: PSMINI Seafood Cookout

Anytime on Saturday would also be a good time to take a leisurely stroll on the beach, build a sand castle or maybe even do a little beach driving on your own!

Sunday, June 28th:

9:00 am:  After an early night, cook yourself some breakfast. 

11:00 am:  PSMINI MINIs On The Beach Drive.  We are planning, conditions permitting, to go South from Grayland Beach Road to Cranberry Beach Road (1.3 miles) or North to Bonge Avenue (3 miles). No twisties on this one, just miles of packed sand!  Scared you'll get stuck in the sand?  We'll be checking out the drive before we take the group to make sure the sand is well packed.  Plus, we promise not to leave anybody behind.  Most MINIs should be able to do this; if your car has been lowered quite a bit you might want to reconsider this part of the drive.  Once we leave the beach, we'll make a group decision about going back up the beach or heading back on Highway 105.  After that you are on your own!

Things to Bring:
1.  An FRS Radio set to channel 7-21
2.  A full tank of gas
3.  Camp chairs (There are 2 tables, 12 chairs and 4 chaise lounge chairs on site)
4.  A cooler with Friday night cookout supplies
5.  Your sweet tooth - We will have s'mores fixings and wooden campfire skewers
6.  Beach towels 
7.  Sand toys
8.  Sunblock
9.  Your patience and some good tunes for rush hour traffic
10.  A sense of adventure (This is the inaugural run, baby!)
WooHoo

Grocery Stores:
1. There is a small grocery store across the street
2. The Local Store is 4 miles south on WA-105.  It's small but has a wide variety of items.
3. The Shop 'n Kart, 108 S. Montesano St., is the largest option in Westport.

Restaurants:
Along Westhaven Dr., downtown Westport's main drag, you'll find several restaurants, along with ice cream and candy stores. 

Coffee:
Tinderbox Coffee Roasters, 101 N. Montesano St.  (Try their black and white latte.)

Other Services:
You'll find a drug store, ATM, liquor store and gas stations along Montesano St. as you head into downtown Westport.  We'll pass the Westport Winery and the Cranberry Winery on our way into town, and Westport Brewing Co. is located in Westport.

Bruce and Stacie









Edited by valvashon - June/26/15 at 12:04am
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This is something we are interested in.. June is also one of the few months we don't have business trips planned 3 years out.       

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Sounds like fun!!!
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This sounds like a blast!  Baring any emergencies, we're definitely interested in participating!
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I'm interested
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Sounds Great!! I am in.
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I'm in!
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I was waiting to see if the mysterious taligator would pop-up and tell me if I was interested in this. Since she has not...   I've decided I'm interested. I can't see past two weeks on my calendar but this sounds like I need to make an exception! Thanks for getting the details together Bruce and Stacie.


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Bruce, Stacie, Elliott and Hazel have booked Cabin #1!  Looking forward to the organizers putting out a final schedule!  Oh, wait, that's us.

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I'm the international woman of mystery ...

That said, the most interesting man in the world (ipeverywhere) and the reigning international woman of mystery do think this sounds like a great event. :)


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I need to call tomorrow and see if cabins are still available. :) This sounds like a pretty awesome time!
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Bump!

We discovered over the last few days that some forum members missed this announcement.  Also, here's a Google map of where the Ocean Spray Beach Resort is located:


Even though the event is a year and a half away, call and reserve your cabin now!

Bruce and Stacie


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All reserved! Cottage number 2!
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We are IN! We'll be in cabin #4
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Cabin #3 reserved. Dale and Lori are in.
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We switched to cabin #10 because we stayed there on our test run and we liked it.

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Susan and I booked a room, see you all then!

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I wish I could participate, but I'll be out of town for another event. Darn it all... I hope you'll have a repeat for next year? Have fun y'all.
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Donna and Les are in.   We called Diane today and got her last cottage, #7 ( a two bedroom).  If anyone wants to share, we get the room with the queen bed, other bedroom has twins.   Let the bidding war begin.
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i can't wait

anyone have any pictures from previous years?
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The Boones are in. Ocean Spray and the Walsh are booked. Got a room in Westport, the Westport Inn. This is the weekend of Pirate Daze and all 3 hotels say the area will be packed.
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UPDATE AS OF MARCH 4TH:

Just got off of the phone with the Ocean Spray Beach Resort.  All cabins are booked with the exception of Cabin #3, as "olivemini" (Lori) has canceled.

So here's what we have so far regarding occupancy and booking:

Cabin bedrooms beds max occupancy reserved by

1 1 1 queen 2 unknown

2 1 1 queen 2 Julzmini

3 1 1 queen 2 open

4 2 1 queen 6 leogetz
2 double

5 2 1 queen 6 Sixate
2 double

6 2 1 queen 4 unknown
1 queen

7 2 1 queen 6 Saphire
2 double

8 2 1 queen 6 unknown
2 double

9 1 1 queen 4 unknown
1 hide-a-bed

10 1 1 queen 2 valvashon


If anybody wants to fill in the gaps you can post again, update your earlier post or PM us.  The above schedule is still what we are planning on sticking to.  The Commons mall in Federal Way may be our starting point for this one as it's proximity to I-5 and of course, commerce make it attractive.  If anybody is leaving from a point south of Federal Way let us know and we will make plans to pick you up along the way.  As it is on a Friday do yourself a favor and don't come north just to get in southbound traffic.  Due to the possible heavy traffic we will be sticking to our 3:00 pm departure time unless we hear of some catastrophic freeway closure.  Most of you probably have vacation or personal days you can use and this summertime Friday might be a good time to use one.  Yes, you do good work but you aren't indispensable at the office.

We will be doing a final pre-run in May or early June and will have a PDF of directions available then.

Bruce and Stacie



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Originally posted by Beakerzor Beakerzor wrote:

i can't wait

anyone have any pictures from previous years?

Nope- this is the inaugural run for this.  If you are coming on this drive, you are making history!

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I've got #3.
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Sooz and I got one of the 2 person rooms, I will find out which room we have, and report back.
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Hi All!  I would LOVE to go, but I definitely can't fill a whole cabin; does anyone have room for a stray (me lol).  I'm not crazy, I promise ;-)
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Aww boo!  No cabins left....  I really don't mind sleeping on the floor if anyone will adopt me...
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