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Yakima Valley Two Day Vacation

Yakima Valley Two Day Vacation
Report & photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

July 12-13 2012, my wife took two days off work so we could get some stuff done for the upcoming house upgrades. We did a lot of running around and stopped to see a few things a long the way.

Here are a few pictures.

Thursday we headed to Yakima and Union Gap to get some things done.

Along the way we saw a trolley parked out front of AJ’s.

Union Gap’s welcome wagon.

Adult Slurpee at Applebee’s Union Gap, WA.

Another one at Los Mariachi’s.

Friday we headed to Sunnyside to talk with a loan officer at Banner Bank. We were running early so we stopped by to see the Teapot’s new location in Zillah.

At Banner Bank talking to the best loan officer around.

We went to Snipes Mountain Brewery for lunch.

Next to Banner Bank the city is building the Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial Plaza. Here are a few photos of the start of it.

Back in Selah we stopped in at the Pastime for some nachos and beer.

This was a fun two days running around with the wife.

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Boulder Cave Hike & 4th of July EWA Club House Get Together

Boulder Cave Hike & 4th of July EWA Club House Get Together
Report & photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

Around 10 AM Wednesday July 4th, 2012 Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at Oak Creek Ace Hardware in Naches for the annual Boulder Cave hike. We convoyed to Boulder Cave Trailhead near Cliffdell, Washington.

Once everyone paid there $5 for parking and used the out house, we headed up the Boulder Cave Trail. The weather was perfect for the hike.

Once at the cave we took a break and got a group picture.

We moved on through the dark cave using flashlights not to trip over the rocks. At one point of the cave it is pitch black. Not to far walking in the dark you can see light at the other end of the cave. Coming out the other end of Boulder Cave there are two platforms overlooking the small creek. We took another break there as some of the group went back around through Boulder Cave again. Since the group was spread out we decided to regroup at the loop intersection so no one was left behind or move up the trail thinking they were.

Once the whole group was back together at the loop intersection we headed back to the parking area for lunch.

After lunch some headed home and others came over to the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House for a 4th of July potluck barbecue.

Here are some photos of the fun day we had:

Boulder Cave Trailhead.

Heading up he trail toward Boulder Cave.

A cool view point over the canyon.

A very long drop.

Moving on toward Boulder Cave.

Another view point.

Regrouping.

Moving on up the Boulder Cave trail.

At this point the trail goes down hill toward the creek.

The Boulder Cave Trail Loop intersection.

Looking down at the switchback at the creek near the Boulder Cave entrance.

Boulder Cave.

Our group in front of Boulder Cave.

Heading into the dark cave.

Looking upstream.

Looking upstream again.

The trail into the darkness.

Looking back at the Boulder Cave entrance.

The Boulder Cave entrance light is getting smaller.

It was pitch black for awhile. The light at the end of the cave.

Looking back at exit of Boulder Cave.

Headed back up the hill.

A view point of an opening into Boulder Cave.

Near the Boulder Cave Loop intersection.

At the Boulder Cave Loop intersection

Regrouping.

Heading back to the Boulder Cave Trailhead.

Test Dummy packing two of his little brothers.

Lunch at the Boulder Cave Trailhead.

Back at the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House for a 4th of July potluck barbecue

This was a great 4th of July thanks to all who came.

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4W613 Season Opening Work Party

4W613 Season Opening Work Party
Report & photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Friday June 29th, 2012 a lot of Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at the Ahtanum Winter Recreation Trailhead to set up camp for the weekend to help at the annual 4W613 Season Opening Work Party. The event is hosted by the Yakima/Kittitas Forest Watch Association (the Non-profit division of Eastern Washington Adventures).

Around 10 AM Saturday June 30th, 2012 volunteers met up at Nasty Creek Corrals to air down for the work run. We headed on up Nasty Creek Road to the 4W608 and 4W613 intersection. We aired down a little more and headed up 4W613. It was not far up the trail we had to move some down trees off the trail.

Once we got up to the Louie Way Overlook we stopped to regroup and take in the view. Once everyone made it up the climb we moved on up removing trees out of the trail as we went. A little over the 5900 foot level we had turn around since the trail was block with big off camber snow drifts.

We got all turned around and headed back down. I lost a bead om the right rear of my CJ5 and had to stop to air the tire back up. Thanks Havo for the air and thanks TJ40 for the use of your hi-lift jack.

Once we regrouped, we took C-1000 up to the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trailhead and stopped for lunch. After lunch we headed up the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail moving down trees as we went.

At the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail and 4W613 intersection we replanted a Green Dot marker.

The next stop was at the Strobach Mountain Vista to take a break. We saw a Mountain Goat below us and then a marmot climbed the cliff to come see us. He was not afraid and wanted to come a lot closer than we would let him. He seemed to be friendly but we kept some distance just in case he attacked.

Next we headed up 4W613 toward the Upper Meadow. At the steep hill climb we saw the full size truck someone left there last fall.

At the Upper Meadow we regrouped again. Spot had some problems making the climb. Once everyone we up, we moved on finding a lot of trees across the trail in the Dome Peak Fire Area. It took us awhile to get through that section clearing the trail as we went. About the end of the Dome Peak Fire Area we ran into to much snow for the time of day it was. It was around 6:30 PM so we turned around and headed back to camp.

A few had to go home and the rest of us had a great time around the campfire. Most left before noon on Sunday.

Here are some photos of the work day:

Base Camp at the Ahtanum Winter Recreation Trailhead.

Getting ready to head toward Nasty Creek Corrals to meet the rest of the volunteers.

Nasty Creek Road airing down for the run.

Turning toward Louie Way Gap.

4W613 at 4W608 airing down more.

At the Louie Way Overlook looking down at Rimrock and Long Lake.

Zoomed in on Long Lake.

Rimrock Lake.

My co-pilot “Doc”.

The snow mounds got too big and off camber to continue up 4W613.

Turning around I popped a bead.

Moving back down toward Louie Way Gap.

Bethel Ridge across the way.

This was a fun little snow climb.

Looking down toward Cowiche.

Looking across Louie Way Gap at Jumpoff Lookout.

Heading up Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail in the rain.

Regrouping on Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail.

Fixing a Green Dot Marker at Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail and 4W613.

Strobach Mountain Vista.

A mountain goat below us.

Rimrock Lake.

A marmot came to greet us.

The marmot came all the way up the cliff to see us.

Looking South at Divide Ridge.

The climb to the Upper Meadow.

Spot has some problems getting up this muddy section of trail.

At the Upper Meadow Doc has a frog.

Looking down on the Lower Yakima Valley.

Regrouping at the Upper Meadow.

Moving on into the Dome Peak Fire Area.

Doc getting a picture of the signs at the Dome Peak Trailhead.

A big tree to remove from the trail.

There were a lot of trees down across the trail in the Dome Peak Fire Area.

At the edge of the Dome Peak Fire Area we hit snow.

BlindPilot testing the waters. LOL

To much snow ahead for the time of day. Turning around to go back to camp.

Our Tail Gunner “Don” (From the Yakima Valley Timberwolves 4X4 Club) became the Trail Boss.

I took the lead at the Upper Meadow.

Turning off 4W613 at Strobach Mountain.

Looking back up the Strobach Mountain 4×4 Trail.

This was a great time thanks to all that came. Thank you to all the volunteers of the day!

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Photos: Selah’s Wednesday Market 2012 Season Opening

Selah’s Wednesday Market 2012 Season Opening
Report and photo by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Wednesday June 20th, 2012 I took my family down to Selah’s Wednesday Market that was is at King’s Row at 210 S. 1st Street in Selah, Washington for the season opening.

Selah’s Wednesday Market’s mission is bringing the Selah and Yakima Valley communities together through the “fruits and labor” of our local farmers, artisans and organizations.

This is a weekly family fun event that is held at King’s Row all summer. This year it runs from June 20th through September 26th.

For more information about this Eastern Washington event you can visit the Selah’s Wednesday Market
Web site at http://selahwednesdaymarket.wordpress.com or on
Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Selahs…20223107988797.

Here are some photos of the Selah’s Wednesday Market 2012 season opening day.

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Warrior’s Quick Stop Grand Opening

Warrior’s Quick Stop Grand Opening
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Sunday June 17th, 2012 we headed to Cle Elum to the Warrior’s Quick Stop Grand Opening.

There was a lot of free food, a guy playing music, a bounce house and lower priced fuel than other places around the state.

Here are a few photos of this event:

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