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Photos: Leavenworth Day Trip

Leavenworth Day Trip
Photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets / Eastern Washington Tourism

On March 9th 2019, we took a road trip in the Jeep Wrangler to Leavenworth to visit for a day.

We left Selah around 11 AM. It was very cold and gray. The trees around Ellensburg were white with frost. As we dropped off the north slope of Blewett Pass, the clouds opened up and we had beautiful blue sky.

Once in Leavenworth, we had a hard time finding a parking space. The town was full of people having fun. We parked down the road a few blocks away from downtown.

Our first place to visit, as always, was the Munchen Haus for bratwurst and a beer. We really enjoy the Munchen Haus food, beer, and beer garden atmosphere.

After lunch we took a look in some of the shops. We took a break to have a beer and warm up at Uncle Uli’s.

We took another walk checking out shops. Some of them are gone or moved from our last trip to Leavenworth. We stopped at The Loft for some food, drinks and to warm up.

We then looked in a few more shops but had to find heat again since the temperature was dropping. We stopped from drinks at Leavenworth Sausage Garten, by Cured. We warmed up under the heaters. There was a guy playing all kinds of songs.

Next we went over the the Icicle Brewing Company. Inside was warm and had a guy playing country music. We stay for awhile there before walking back to the Jeep.

My wife Lisa drove us home since she was the designated driver. We took I-82 toward Selah due to there is a lot of animals out at night in the Yakima River Canyon. We topped the first climb out of Ellensburg when the Jeep engine started making noise. We pulled over at the 11 mile marker/Military Road Exit. We called AAA and they took us the rest of the way home. We got to bed at 2 AM/3 AM Daylight Savings time.

It was a fun day over all.

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Photos: A Fun Find in the Yakima River Canyon

A Fun Find in the Yakima River Canyon
Photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets / Eastern Washington Tourism

On Thursday February 21st, 2019 the weather was nice enough to get out and do something.

My son’s dog “Crunch” and I took the Jeep for a drive in the Yakima River Canyon.

I stopped off at Mile Post 8 Boat Launch to stretch my legs. I parked next to this paved trail I had never went down before. I thought I would check it out. I forgot Crunch’s leash at home, so I left him in the Jeep to take a quick look down the trail.

Down at the Yakima River I was checking out the icebergs when I spotted something green with shinny things on it. I snapped a photo and it started running off. I chase it up the trail toward the parking lot. At the parking lot Crunch stopped the green thing since I was chasing it. Since Crunch pinned it down, I tied the green thing up and brought it home.

Here are some photos of my adventure:

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Photos: Christmas at Camp Fife

Christmas at Camp Fife
Report by Clay Graham. Photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets / Eastern Washington Tourism

On Saturday December 22nd, 2018 after the Yakima Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, the Graham Family (AKA “The Selah Sweets Staff”) headed up to Camp Fife in Goose Prairie to spend Christmas. It started snowing as we were unloading at the Curtis Gilbert Lodge. Since the lodge does not have power, we lit the propane lights and started at fire in the wood stove. It wasn’t long before we were warm and ready to enjoy our vacation.

Over night we got a lot of snow. Sunday morning you could see how much it snowed by the amount of snow on the vehicles we drove in. It snowed off and on throughout the day.

Monday it was a grey day with just a little blue in the sky here and there. Our oldest son Hank, his wife and two sons came up in the afternoon to have Christmas Eve dinner with us and open some gifts. It was a very fun evening having all our children and grandchildren with us. Hank and he family left later that night to go back home in Yakima.

Tuesday, Christmas morning it was clear and cold but very beautiful. No one was in a rush to leave even though they new they had presents under the tree back home in Selah. We slowing packed up the rigs and headed home.

The was a very good Christmas trip.

Here are some photos of Christmas at Camp Fife:

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Photos: 2018 Beverly Dunes Clean Up & Camp Out

Beverly Dunes Clean Up and Camp Out
Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures with cooperation from the Department of Natural Resources.
Sponsored by Selah Sweets
Report & photos by Clay Graham – Selah Sweets / Eastern Washington Tourism

Around 5:30 PM Friday, November 2nd, 2018, my sons, Doc and Odo and I headed out from the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House in Selah toward Beverly Dunes to set up camp for the annual clean-up.

Once at Beverly Dunes we set up camp with TJ40. We used the trucks with campers as a wind block and put up a pop-up between them for shelter. We then had dinner around the propane campfire in the pop-up since it was breezy out.

Saturday morning more Eastern Washington Adventures Club members and volunteers from a few PNW4WDA Clubs showed up help. Stephanie from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) showed up around 9:30 AM so people could signed in and get some tools for the clean up.

Most of the main work was in the campground cleaned out the fire pits and picked up trash.

After the clean up some headed home and the rest of us went and played in the dunes for a few hours. The ORVs left were Foxracer’s Subaru Outback, TJ40’s Yamaha YXZ, and my Jeep JKU.

Sunday morning we woke up to a blue sky. About the time we decided to pack up, the wind started blowing hard.

Around noon we headed home. Reece followed me in his truck. Crossing the Columbia River on I90 was scary. The wind was blowing so hard, it felt like my truck with camper were going to blow over. We stopped in Vantage to top off the fuel tanks since I used a lot of fuel fighting the wind.

We headed up the the Old Vantage Highway toward Ellensburg with one stop along the way. It was slow going with the hill and wind blowing against us. The wind died down some by the time we got to the Yakima River Canyon.

This was a very fun weekend thanks to all that came.

Here are some photos of the Beverly Dunes Clean Up & Camp Out:

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Upcoming: Beverly Dunes Camp Out & Clean Up

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Beverly Dunes Camp Out & Clean Up
Saturday November 3rd, 2018 9:30am-3:00pm

This event is eligible for a voucher toward a complimentary Discover Pass.

Join DNR staff and volunteers from Eastern Washington Adventures to maintain campsites and pick up garbage at Beverly Dunes.

What to bring: Volunteers should bring gloves, water, lunch and dress appropriately for working outdoors. Volunteers are encouraged to bring 4×4 rigs & ATVs, but must meet necessary requirements: flag, current registration, spark arrester, helmet must be worn on ATVs. Bug spray is advised.

Directions: Meet at the Beverly Dunes Parking Area. From I-90: Take Highway-26 East via Exit 137 toward Othello/Pullman. Continue about 1 mile and turn right onto Highway-243. Continue about 7 miles and turn left onto Lower Crab Creek Road. In about 2 miles turn right into the Beverly Dunes ORV Area.

Camping information: A Discover Pass is required for all street licensed vehicles that are parked for camping. Everyone is welcome to camp at the Base Camp. Meet & Greets Friday and Saturday evenings.

For more info: E-mail Clay Graham at EasternWashingtonAdventures@gmail.com
DNR Event Link: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/event/beverly-dunes-clean


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