The week of vacation came to an end and at the crack of dawn we loaded up our cars to drive home. As we stood bleary eyed in the kitchen watching Steve make his second pot of coffee, we all agreed "this was the best vacation ever." We didn't get to lounge by the poolside or bask on a tropical beach sipping cocktail beverages. Instead we ventured to the cold, snowy region of Oregon and appreciated the time with friends. We hiked in the snow, went sled riding, cooked fabulous meals together, played music, sang and laughed for a week.