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.
Wenas Wildlife Area Adventure Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures. Event called by Foxracer. Report by Clay Graham, photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets.
On Monday April 3rd, 2017, Foxracer came over from Western Washington to do some exploring. We left the Eastern Washington Adventures Club House and headed out to the Wenas Wildlife Area with two rigs. Foxracer’s Subaru Outback and my Jeep Wrangler.
We ran Durr Road, Roza Creek Road, and then up Buffalo Ridge Road to the end. From there we hiked down to the Yakima Skyline Trail above the Yakima River Canyon. We took the trail a little ways to get a good view of the Roza Dam on the Yakima River.
After taking a lot of photos, we hiked back up to the rigs. The climb was a workout. It was worth it, the views were awesome.
Back at the rigs we took a short break and head back out. Foxracer headed to the Umtanum Recreation Area to set up camp. I dropped two of my boys off at home and then met Foxracer at his camp for a campfire.
This was a great time.
Here are some photos of the Wenas Wildlife Area Adventure:
makes handcrafted snacks, shaved ice, and has souvenirs.
Inside and outside seating at the shop. Off site catering.
Umtanum Camp Out Hosted by Eastern Washington Adventures Report and photos by Clay Graham & Kevin Elliott/ Selah Sweets
On Saturday March 18th, 2017, we headed up the Yakima River Canyon to meet up with others at the Umtanum Recreation Area to camp and do some hiking.
My boys started off by building a fire and starting dinner. TJ40 and Avalanche pulled in shortly after.
We decide to take shifts watching dinner. With the two-way radios, we our cooks and hikers could keep in touch.
The first hike we headed across the cable bridge over the Yakima River and then under the train tracks to get to the Umtanum Creek Trail. The beginning of the trail was under water from the Umtanum Creek over flowing. The creak was dumping mud into the Yakima River.
We headed back over the cable bridge and went up to a view point to see what was there. There was a sign to read which is posted in a photo in this report.
Next we followed a trail sign that took you into what looking like an old road with campsite on the river. We walked down the river to below the trailer parking lot and back to camp.
TJ40, Bubz and I stayed at camp, and Doc, Odo and Avalanche hiked to the top of the ridge and back down a steep trail to the bottom. We talked to them on the radio making sure they were ok.
After everyone was back at camp, we had the dinner the boys cooked over the fire. It was pretty good.
We stood around the campfire into the night until we were real cold from the wind. We sat in TJ40’s camper with the heater on for awhile, and my three sons watched a movie in the camper van. Then it was off to bed.
The next morning, Bubz made breakfast and TJ40 played with his drone.
We had a very fun time at the Umtanum Recreation Area.
Checkout time was 11 AM, so we headed out south through the Yakima River Canyon making another stop at the Selah Creek Trail for a hike. Those photos will be posted on the next report.