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Topic: Kona Reports from Mike are not fair (3 msgs / 83 lines)
1) From: Les & Becky
Mike and Debi,
The first big storm of the year is here in the Northwest.  Did you send it
from Hawaii?  You picked a good week to be gone.  However, I am excited.
The snow level is down and the elk should be easier to find.  The coffee
will be much better in the snow than with the ocean breeze and palm trees.
(Who am I trying to kid?)  So now you have the wonderful NW report 5-12
inches of snow above 4,000 feet!
Les
Roasting in S. Oregon.
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2) From: John Abbott
Snow; I just looked that up - strange phenomenon that occurs in the fridged
zones of North America, the Yukon and Alaska. I must see that for myself
someday.  I suppose that is where drinks like Frapuccino and iced coffee is
a hit as well. Well, I guess I'm just stuck with this tropical zone and its
81 degrees today.  Elk? We have elk down here. They don't seem to know about
snows either.  Oh well, back to the La Belina and do some more reading about
snow, and ICE I understand it actually storms with ICE up yondah!

3) From: Mike & Debi McGinnesss
From: "Les & Becky" 
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Well, we did get 'rained' on this afternoon. Sort of anyway... We visited with Merle & Kathy Wood
for a couple hours this afternoon, it lightly sprinkled for a minute or two. Ok, it was about 75f up
at their 2500' elevation Estate. Then to lunch, visited the City of Refuge then headed up to visit
with Gus & Cynthia Brocksen (Pele Plantations) Four hours later we left for a late dinner. Lots of
great fellowshipping developing our friendship. Had great fun helping pulp a few hundred pounds of
cherries brought in from Day's Estate around 6pm. Took about a half hour. Maybe not your 'typical'
tourist vacation stuff, way way more enjoyable. Oh yeah, spent a few minutes at Koa Coffee on our
way to Wood's, right down the road - neighboring estates.
In fairness, I'm maybe planting the dream which feeds the planning for a list get together some year
soon during the Kona Festival. Over six hours of today we spent just chatting with fast becoming
good friends. Also happen to be Kona farmers, which is of course how we got to begin our friendship
going on 6 years ago via email and phone. Forget Waikiki tourist trap and the like. This is Hawaiian
Paradise, this is real. Their love of the land and dedication to quality is beyond question. Not all
Kona is grown this way... There are no words to adequately describe our growing love for this
Island. Sitting with Gus & Cynthia this evening watching the sunset over the bay, it's hard to
imagine it getting much better than this. We thought is was simply fantastic. They said it was just
a so-so sunset!
Debi headed for bed so time for me to go.
MM;-)
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