Jun 122012
Rose Garden Gazebo
Rose Garden Gazebo
Rose Garden Gazebo

This is the first in a series of posts about interesting places I have found around the Tri-Cities to enjoy my brown bag lunch. If you have a favorite spot, please let me know!

If you enjoy sitting outside and listening to the various bird songs while surrounded by beautifull roses this is the place. A short level walk from the Library parking lot brings you to this nice little secluded spot. I am sure on hot days and especially weekends you will also hear the laughs and giggles from young kids playing at the nearby water feature.

There are bathrooms at the water feature but I would not count on them being open but the Library has restrooms just inside their front doors.

  • Tables: 8 or so picnic tables all squeezed into the gazebo (probably so they can mow the grass) but are moveable
  • Benches: 3 on the outer perimeter surrounding the gazebo
  • Covered: Yes
  • Restrooms: Yes, one near the water feature and another at the Library
  • Surroundings: 8 out of 10
  • Trash: One can nearby
  • Location: Grange Park next to the library on Union St.
  • Address: 1620 South Union St., Kennewick, WA 99338
  • Parking: At the Library and off of 19th and Arthur St.

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Dec 222011

I was asked to take some photos of this years Cable Bridge Run for the Port of Pasco to use in some publicity pieces. The day was cold and quite overcast. I really wish instead of a gray sky as a background I could have had a nice blue sky with some clouds. I may have to learn how to ‘replace’ the sky with a shot from earlier this year.

Also making it difficult was that not all the runners would be going by my location. The 1 mile runners never passed the Port of Pasco property since they finished more than a mile earlier. The 5k runners ran along Ainsworth in front of the Port property and the 10k runners ran along the river on the back side of the Port property. I went back and forth bewtween the front and back to try to get some shots that would highlight the Port of Pasco.

You can check out all the photos by going to my SmugMug album: 2011 Cable Bridge Run

Jul 222011

Bobs Burger & Brew Went to Bob’s Burger & Brew for a business lunch and we both had the Squirrel Sandwich. Num! The meat was sliced thin and the cooked just right. Squirrel Sandwich I was amazed at the stack of onion rings that came with it too.

Service was great. We were served promptly, another glassful of pop was brought whenever we neared empty.

If you get a chance, I would highly recommend Bob’s Burger and Brew. I am hoping to get back sometime to check out the ‘Brew’ part of the name.

Jun 292011

What fun this year at the 18th Annual Cool Desert Nights! The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce puts on this event and I volunteered to take photos for the chamber. Over 900 cars registered for the 3-day family oriented event and the crowds were amazing.

Here are the photos I took over the 3 days.

Thursday night over a hundred cars gathered at the TRAC facility in Pasco. At 5:30 the cars started up and cruised through Pasco, Kennewick, Richland. After getting some photos at TRAC, I set up at the Cable Bridge to get some shots as the cars passed. The whole section of Jadwin Ave. along the Uptown Mall was blocked off and the cars that participated in the cruise were allowed to park on the street and a large number of other cars parked in the Uptown Mall parking lot.

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Friday was a busy day, starting with a small show & shine at Desert Wind Winery where the blue sky made a gorgeous background. I enjoyed a glass of 2009 Ora while shooting a couple of panorama shots of the parking lot full of cars as well as photos of various cars.

In the evening, the cars all gathered in the Uptown Mall parking lot for a ‘particpants only’ cruise that wrapped around downtown Richland where large crowds had gathered along the sidewalks to watch. I had fun hitching a ride in the back of an El Camino along the cruise route, getting a number of photos of the various cars and the crowd. The car that got the most attention was the 56 Chevy that could shoot flames out of the exhaust.

The evening finished with the bands Colorblind and Pastic Soul playing at Jack-sons. I stopped by to get some photos before heading home so I could get an early start the next morning.

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Saturday started with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the Jefferson Park Gazebo, but actually cars started pulling into Jefferson Park and the Uptown Mall before 4 a.m. to get prime spots for the judging later in the day. After getting pictures of the cars and crowd I was able to get on top of the Octopus Garden and attempt some panorama shots from quite a vantage point. It was almost noon, and I decided to head home. For those who stayed, slow drags started at noon and at 3:30 p.m. over two dozen awards are given out in a number of categories. The evening is capped off again at Jack-sons with the band Eclectic Approach.

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Were you able to make it this year? It was a great event and I am already looking forward to next year!

Jan 142011


What do you do after you have learned how to use a GPS and have found a couple hundred caches? You already know how to use a GPS and your geo-senses.

A Geocaching 101 class was held last February, giving some of the basics of geocaching along with searching for a couple of geocaches to help newbies.

How about a Geocaching 102 class to take your geocaching skills to the next level? How do you keep track of all your finds, keep notes about caches you are still looking for, and load all this information into just about any GPS. GSAK, the Geocaching Swiss Army Knife is just such a program. The GSAK web site says:

GSAK is the all in one Geocaching and waypoint management tool. Major features include: Multiple databases, sending/receiving waypoints to GPSr, Google maps, conversion to many mapping formats, PDA output (including CacheMate support), HTML output, extensive searching, macro support, backup and restore, distance/direction from other waypoints (including caches, locations, post codes) and much more

I have used GSAK for 7 years and still don’t know its full potential because it keeps getting better and better! And, because it can do so much, it can be quite intimidating to get started.

Geocaching 102: MeAndBrea used her ‘connections’ to get a room with computers at the Richland Community Center. Looked like we had a dozen people show up for the class that cost $5 per family for Richland residents and $7 if you don’t live in Richland. MazeRacer did a great job showing everyone how to get started (and then some) with GSAK. He asked me to be on hand to roam the room helping individuals with issues as they arose.


Do you have any ideas for a Geocaching 103 class? Or maybe even some ideas for GSAK 102?

Jul 232010

U-13 Spirit of Detroit

On my way over the Blue Bridge Thursday afternoon I noticed a bunch of bright colors down along the Columbia River where the hydroplanes stage for their races. I swung down into Columbia Park hoping I would be able to get into the pit area where just yesterday there were only big blue cranes.

Sure enough, I found some boats! Quite a few of the Hydroplanes were being cleaned and prepped for the race weekend. Starting tomorrow one would need a pit pass to get into this area and even then I don’t think they would let you get as close as I was able to do today.

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Jul 232010

Chad Ward - State Farm Insurance

Chad Ward – State Farm
8390 W Gage Blvd, #106
Kennewick, WA 99336

State Farm insurance agent, Chad Ward, had a Ribbon Cutting with the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce this past Thursday. The office is located across the street from Olive Garden at 8390 W Gage Blvd, Ste 106, in Kennewick. Working with Chad are account representatives Nickolas Konen and Holly Veach. (Don’t tell Chad but they are the ones that do all the hard work.)

The ribbon cutting had a good turnout from the chamber as well as representatives from the State Farm District Office and Mayor Pro-Tem Sharon Brown read the Mayor’s proclamation making Chad’s office ‘Business of the Day’.

Jul 222010

UL-929 - Miss Ice Harbor

Ice Harbor Brewing is sponsoring the “All Black, All the Time” UL-929 Unlimited Light hydroplane for the 2010 Columbia Cup. The UL-929 is owned and driven by hometown driver Vince “X-Man” Xaudaro, a 1985 graduate of Kamiakin HS. We got to see the Miss Ice Harbor up close and personal when it made a showing at the Marina (and we had a great lunch while we were there).

This will be the first time the boat has been on the water since it was severely damaged in an accident three years ago in at Silver Thunder in Silverdale, WA. According to the UL-929 Racing website, “in the final heat the hydroplane launched off a roller in turn 2 of the first lap and literally stuffed the nose re-entering the water. Both sponsons disintegrated on contact and were ripped off the hull.” The website has some before and after pictures and it is pretty amazing to see the boat stripped down to the hull.

Also, check out the web site for a great story on why Vince chose the ‘929’ in UL-929 as a tribute to his father.

Good Luck Vince! Nice to have a local boat we can cheer on.

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Jul 222010

[flickr float=”right”]4821164132[/flickr] I saw a KVEW announcement that the vintage 1955 Miss Thriftway would be on display at the TV station from 5:30 to 7:00 am, during the local Good Morning Northwest (GMNW) program. That is a time of day I usually do not see but made a point of getting up and out the door early. I watched Kevin Uretsky interview Steve Compton, one of the boat owners during a couple of segments ( 1, 2, 3 ). GMNW co-anchor Crystal Costa and GMNW weather anchor Jason Valentine also shot a couple segments with the hydroplane as their backdrop.

I talked with members of the crew who were very friendly, explaining the history of the boat and the work that went into rebuilding the Miss Thriftway from scratch. The original Miss Thriftway was completely destroyed when it hit a wake at high speed in the 1957 Governor’s Cup on the Ohio River race at Madison, Ind. The Miss Thriftway web site tells the story of the boats rebirth.

But the best part of the day was when all the TV filming was done and I asked if I could have my picture taken sitting in the cockpit of this vintage machine. Made my day! Thanks KVEW and thanks to the crew of the Miss Thriftway!

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