Archive for August, 2013
I made a short video of some photos from our trip along the Columbia River. It turned out nice, I think.
(Click on the photo to open in You Tube)
Since we were passing through Yakima, Trisha took advantage of the route to meet with old friends, Starla Gable and her mother. Before heading back to North Bend we had lunch at one of Yakima’s landmark eateries, Miner’s Drive-In where we shared one of their famous eight-inch burgers.
One of my primary destinations for our short trip along the Columbia River was the famous Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima. Thus I was up early Sunday morning for a 7:05 tee time. I enjoyed the course a lot although the heavy overnight watering made for short driving distances. In spite of some inconsistency off the tees, I managed a respectable 89 score.
During the summer the Skamania lodge invites the Raptor House Rehabilitation Center in Yakima to do presentations on their program and some of the birds they are treating. We watched a bit of this and eventually approached this magnificent bald eagle who had sat patiently during the long talk, seeming to enjoy just posing for photos. Among the several owls and hawks the raptor folks brought out this fellow was the most impressive.
I didn’t know what to expect from the Skamania Lodge course. Based on photos and the short yardage (just 5378 yards from the white tees) I thought it might be kind of a toy-ish track. However, the very narrow fairways, challenging greens and woodland setting provided a pleasant outing. I inevitably lost several balls along the incapacious fairways but an uncanny number of extraordinary chips and a birdie of the 182-yard par 3 16th yielded a very satisfying 83 score for the morning.
The first morning of our short trip to the Columbia River area got off to a glorious start. Sunrise today was stunning. This was the view from our room window and the back patio at the Skamania Lodge.
We’ve been blessed this summer to have frequent visits from at least a couple pileated woodpeckers who we think are mother and offspring and whom we indiscriminately named “Terrence.” They are a bit shy so it’s hard to get a good photo of them but here’s a link to several along with a 30-second video clip.