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Outdoors issue



Chinook Pass Food Tour



A Cabin in the Woods

Duncan MacLeod:

Yakima’s Renaissance Man July | August


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Jill and Robin at the Yakima Area Arboretum.

My parents had a trailer when my brother, Chris, and I were growing up. It was white with big orange and brown stripes. Inside there was a little stove, a refrigerator, a bathroom and my favorite — bunk beds. We weren’t exactly roughing it, but I loved that little home on wheels. Every summer my parents would pack it up and hitch it to our 1981 Chevy Silverado. Then we’d pile in the truck’s cab with our dog Mopsey and hit the road. (Once I rode in the trailer a short while — not recommended.) Often we headed to Pacific Beach, which was sparsely populated, even by campers like us. There was just one small grocery in its tiny town, where we’d buy endless packages of pecan sandies to eat by endless sandcastles on the vast and sunlit sand. Other times we drove up to Cottonwood campground or Ohanapecosh, roasting hot dogs for dinner, and for breakfast, indulging in my campsite favorite: scrambled eggs, little smokies and blueberry muffins. I have a permanent visual memory of those trips — just a few snapshots that rotate through my mind’s picture carousel. In the mountains I remember bits of cotton from the trees floating through dusty sunbeams outside our trailer. At the beach, I see the sun setting on our castles, my brother’s mischevious smile (portending the fun to come) and our endless trails of wet, sandy footprints. Funny, since I’m not an outdoorsy girl. In fact, one friend re-

cently described me as decidedly “indoorsy.” It’s true. But I still relish those memories of our adventures. Jill remembers annual family camping trips to La Wis Wis, just east of Packwood. It was there they began their own “polar bear club,” whose members must first jump into the freezing water that runs directly fom the mountains. Nowadays Jill still camps with her son, Jax. “Same traditions,” she says. “Same memories.” So whether you’re outdoorsy or “indoorsy,” we hope you like this Outdoors issue of Yakima Magazine. Packed with features, this edition includes a food tour up Chinook Pass (now that’s my kind of road trip), our favorite regional hikes and gadgets no outdoorsman (or woman) should be without. Inspired by local pastor and “renaissance man” Duncan MacLeod, we also delve into the world of kilts and offer a peek into the extraordinary garden of Michelle and Rob Wyles. There are more pictures — and our blog From The Notepad — at, too. As always, we love to hear from you. Please drop us an email with story ideas, comments or questions. Until then, Yakima, go outside and play!


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Fairytale Beauty


Fall down the rabbit hole to the ethereal garden of Michelle and Rob Wyles. PHOTO BY CHAD BREMERMAN

Features Outdoors

22 Take a trek on one of our top 5 regional hikes! 36 He’s a beekeeper. A woodworker. An athlete. A husband and a father. Oh, and a pastor, too. Read about Duncan MacLeod, Yakima’s renaissance man. 42 Ever wondered how a kilt works? We’ve got you, ahem, covered.


Notes from Yakima | 6 Contributors | 12 Fresh Sheet | 14 Details | 20 TrendSpot | 26 City Scene | 86 Calendar | 92 Interview | 94

Home & Garden


32 T  hose Master Gardeners know how to party — take a peek inside their annual Tomatofest.

74 Rev up your engines, ‘cause the Vintiques are coming to town.

16 A rustic retreat: Dave Desmarais’ home away from home.

Food & Drink

52 T  hese canines can really jump through hoops — read about the SunDogs agility club in Yakima.

80 Yakima’s Pegasus Project is helping change the world for some children — one horse at a time.

28 T  he Yakima Enological Society says “YES” to great wine. 50 Elysian Brewing’s “Beers of the Apocalypse” are just in time. 66 T  ake a delicious tasting tour up Chinook Pass.



44 Prosser packs a lot of punch. Sip, shop and savor. 70 Take a step back in history by taking a daytrip to Vantage.

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Chinook Pass Food Tour

Duncan MacLeod poses in his backyard farm. PHOTO





A Cabin in the Woods

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Jennifer Dagdagan is the mom of three amazing kids, as well as a photographer, artist and musician. She lives in Yakima and runs her photography business from her home. Navid Eliot is a recent Yakima transplant from Seattle. He is a working artist, songwriter and musician with his band, Not Amy. Sharon Fisher is a Master Gardener and the coordinator of the Columbines, the Master Gardener writers group. She’s also a mother of four and a grandmother of eight. In addition to gardening, she’s also an EMT, an amateur radio (HAM) operator and a Search and Rescue volunteer. On her free time she enjoys needlework and reading.

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River Ridge Golf Course & Restaurant River Ridge’s chicken fried steak ($13.95)

Comfort foods are all the rage these days, and that genre includes all sorts of the tried and true favorites: mac n’ cheese, chicken pot pie and meatloaf. Couldn’t suit me any better. Although my physician might object, I am a comfort food fanatic. And among my new-found favorites is none other than chicken fried steak. To tell the truth, the dish has never sounded that appetizing to me. Or at least it’s a little confusing: where’s the chicken? But one day I sneaked a forkful from my husband’s plate — he’s an aficionado. And then I understood what all the fuss is about.

Just as I try almost every macaroni and cheese that appears on a menu, I am now working my way through various restaurants’ chicken fried steaks. I have found a few that are dismal, many that are — eh — acceptable, and a few more that are remarkable. The restaurant at Selah’s River Ridge golf course makes one of my favorites. First, the breading to protein ratio in their chicken fried steak with sausage gravy is spot on: the beef is not too thick, and the breading is substantial yet not doughy or tough. And with chicken fried steak, it’s all about the breading. The breading is crispy and kind of

surprising — it’s full of bright spices that don’t overpower the creamy sauce, and are yet distinct. That thick, crispy coat helps keep it from getting soggy — every chicken fried steak’s worst nightmare. The sauce is velvety, peppery and laden with chunks of sausage. The fries are good, but completely unnecessary, since the serving size could feed me twice. Oh, and there’s a veggie on the side, too — just in case you’re feeling guilty.

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A OPPOSITE: Trophy heads add a rustic touch to the décor. TOP: A throw cozies up the leather couch. ABOVE: Desmarais’ niece paints captions on rocks.

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As a child, Dave Desmarais grew up at his parents’ cabin in Cliffdell, where he spent weekends making memories on Chinook Pass. Now 58, he still fondly remembers his days as a teen pumping gas and washing windshields at Whistlin’ Jack Lodge. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, Desmarais lived in various places along the pass, and he began to enjoy the 40-minute drive from town, where he has worked in the fruit industry for more than 35 years. “Stressful as the day might be, when I passed the ‘Y’ and went out of cell service I could totally relax from there,” says Desmarais, who’s the president of MMD Sales, Inc., a processing fruit brokerage. Three years ago, Desmarais discovered his dream cabin, nestled in the woods alongside the Naches River. He fell for a diamond in the rough — the cabin was pretty shabby. But after enlisting the help of interior designer Julie Parks, he was able to salvage its rustic history while adding modern conveniences like Internet and satellite TV. As part of the update, new hardwood floors replaced old worn carpets. To warm up the space, hand-tied wool throw rugs have been used to accessorize. “They are original rustic works of art,” says Parks. y a k i m a m a g a z i n e . c o m • YA K I M A M A G A Z I N E |


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Clockwise: Desmarais shares a moment with his dog, Molly. • Desmarais prepares meals on this vintage stove. • The brick fireplace is a focal point in the cabin.

To complement the wood of the ceiling’s cross-beams, the white ceiling panels were painted a faux leather finish. Original wagon-wheel light fixtures were then re-hung as statement pieces. Refurbished and rewired, the new mood lighting can be controlled with the touch of a finger. Now Desmarais spends at least one night a week at his cabin. He considers it a retreat — a place where he can relax and rejuvenate. He’s also quite a cook, and an entertainer. Desmarais credits Whistlin’ Jack chef

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Vern Watson for his cooking expertise. “He taught me volumes,” he says. Desmarais can whip up anything, from baked onion appetizers to lamb chop entrees, in his cabin kitchen. From barbecues to campfires, to evenings out at Whistlin’ Jack Lodge, some of the same memories he cherished as a child are now being made with his daughter Macy, 11. Desmarais describes his love for the mountains with one word … “Magical.”

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Appetite’s Lemonade Cake

It’s summer. Time to make the world around you a little brighter … Just add yellow. Text by Robin Salts Beckett Photos by Sara Gettys

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This Lemonade Cake is from a recipe in Appetite blogger Savannah Tranchell’s repertoire. She got it from her mom, Sandi, and she says it’s legendary among her family and friends. We promptly mixed one up in our test kitchen and confirmed her opinion (It’s amazing). For the recipe, go to or

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Spice It Up Old Bay Seasoning is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, and after tasting it, we know why. But the can is pretty cute sitting on a kitchen shelf, too. Old Bay Seasoning, $4.95 • Deep Sea Deli 20 N. Ninth Ave. • Yakima • 509-248-1484

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Bottle Bliss I’m a fan of making food part of a party’s decorations, and these little “Limonata” San Pellegrino bottles fit the bill. They also hit the spot on a hot day outside.

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Head for the Hills!

Five fun local hikes TExt & photos By Christina McCarthy • illustration by navid eliot


Whether you’re looking for a quick family outing, a little peace and quiet, or a couple of hours respite from the heat of summer, consider yourself lucky to live in the Yakima Valley. Since we’re nestled right in the heart of the state, an hour or so drive will take you to some of the most beautiful wilderness in the country — and literally thousands of miles of trails. Hiking is an ideal way to explore the natural beauty of the region, and a great activity to do even if you have kids. All you need is a sturdy pair of shoes or boots, a bottle of water and a sense of adventure. A packed lunch is nice, too, especially for longer hikes or trips with children. A camera is optional, but I highly recommend it. Hiking offers incredible photo opportunities. Trail maps are available online and can be found in a number of good hiking books — Best Desert Hikes Washington is one of my favorites. Another great resource for information on hiking in the woods are NWIA Trail Guides, available for most national forests. The books list the distance, hiking time, difficulty level and other pertinent information, as well as great description of each trail. With plenty of sunshine in the forecast, and weeks of summer and fall still stretching before us, what is there to keep you from enjoying a hike?

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1 Boulder Cave

The perfect challenge for families with children, Boulder Cave trail offers cool mountain air relief from those sweltering days of summer. Steep dirt and gravel hills lead down to the natural ice cave that hikers can walk through. It’s really dark inside, so be sure to bring a flashlight, or even a headlamp for hands-free hiking. (Holding hands is nice, too!) Difficulty: Easy • How to Get There: Drive west on State Route 410 about 32 miles past Naches. Just past Whistlin’ Jack Lodge, take a left onto Forest Service Road #1706. Follow the signs 1.1 miles to the trailhead. • Parking: $5 fee or free with a Northwest Forest Pass permit. • Good to Know: Boulder Cave is a winter nesting ground for harmless bats. It is important to stay on the trail in the cave, avoid touching the walls and be quiet.

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Kennedy and Jack McCarthy take a rest on the Mesatchee Creek Trail.

2 Mesatchee Creek Trail Dense forest, 3 Yakima Skyline Ridge I last made a bridge of fallen trees over the American River and a good chance at spotting wildlife are all to be had on the Mesatchee Creek Trail. Early summer will have you running into significant snow, but by late August, trails should be passable. After heading back to the car, be sure to drive another mile or so up the road and stop at the Union Creek trailhead. A short venture up this trail will bring you to a beautiful small waterfall and the perfect opportunity for taking pictures.

this hike with a crew of energetic Boy Scouts. Rambling along the top of the alluvial hills of the Yakima Canyon, this hike is really ideal during spring, before the scorching sun has turned everything brown. Follow the main trail long enough and you will find yourself gazing down on the Roza Canal … from about 3,000 feet high.

Difficulty: Moderate • How to Get There: From Selah, take Wenas Road west. At the fire station, stay right onto Gibson Difficulty: Easy to intermediate • How to Road. Proceed about .3 miles, then take Get There: On Chinook Pass drive west a right onto Buffalo Road. You can park on State Route 410 about 20 miles past where the pavement ends or go through Whistlin’ Jack Lodge. Turn left on Forthe gate (close it behind you) and conest Road 460. • Parking: Park at the road tinue another roughly 1.5 miles to the end. Northwest Forest Pass permit retrailhead. • Parking: Washington Departquired. • Good to Know: About .25 miles ment of Fish and Wildlife or Discover past the log bridge over the American Pass permit required. • Good to Know: River, there is a trail junction. Veering Good chance of seeing furry wildlife. Do left keeps you in the Mesatchee Valley, a tick check when you’re done. but be prepared for a mile or so of really steep switchbacks. 2 4 | YA K I M A M A G A Z I N E • y a k i m a m a g a z i n e . c o m

4 Umtanum Creek Falls Quiet, secluded and truly in the middle of nowhere, the Umtanum Creek Falls is a small paradise tucked into the L.T. Murray State Wildlife Recreational Lands. I have hiked this trail only from the Ellensburg end, but the really adventurous (and in shape) might tackle it from the Umtanum Creek Canyon. Very rocky, slippery and wet in places, the trail follows a creek that turns into the 40-foot high Umtanum Falls. In winter and spring, it’s magnificent — and icy. Later in the year, you’ll find you can rock hop the creek in many places. Difficulty: Moderate • How to Get There: From Ellensburg (the easiest way) take a left off the Yakima Canyon Road just past McDonald’s. Follow Umtanum Road all the way to the signed parking lot for the trail to the falls, about 10 miles. • Parking: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife or Discover Pass permit required. • Good to Know: Great picture opportunities! July | August 2012

Safety first! Aside from the obvious tips, such as use sunscreen, avoid disturbing snakes and other wildlife, and dress appropriately, it is imperative that someone not hiking with you is aware of your plans and the route. This is especially important when hiking alone or with small children. Always let a responsible adult know where you are going and when you anticipate returning. Cell phones are great, but most wilderness areas have little or no reception.

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5 William O. Douglas Trail This trail is actually a collection of trails and links that comprise a total of about 80 miles. From Yakima they lead to Ohanapecosh in Mount Rainier National Park. All of the sections aren’t completely linked together yet, but one of the recently completed sections offers folks a great day hike that begins at Davis High School, crosses the Naches River via a trolley bridge and leads to the top of the western ridge of the Selah Gap. *It must be noted that the last time I did this hike, I was much closer to the age of 50 than than 30, and the trail seemed to be much steeper than I remembered. Difficulty: Moderate, but steep! • How to Get There: Trail starts in Yakima: 212 S. Sixth Ave. • Parking: Free street parking near the high school. • Good to Know: Due to the steep nature of the trail, hiking poles or a walking stick are recommended … especially for the trip back down.

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Haberdasher’s embossed leather belts will instantly add a rustic touch to your bootcuts. The beautifully tanned leather is finished using vintage techniques and available in several neutral colors. It’s the perfect accessory for a night on the town — or even a weekend in the woods. Rustic belts by Leather Island, $50 Steve Goodwin the Haberdasher, 811 W. Yakima Ave. • Yakima 509-248-9862


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The Osprey backpack is great for a variety of adventures: It’s lightweight, ventilated and made with a gender-specific custom fit. It’s a great pack for almost any timeframe — from overnight stays to full-week trips. Of course it’s functional, but it’s also stylish. Osprey Backpacks, $119 to $139. Grumpy’s • 2318 S. First St. Yakima • 509-452-0868


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The Dutch oven may very well be the one camp accessory no man should be without. A cooking vessel used for hundreds of years, the Dutch oven simply requires hot coals from a burning fire. Anything you can cook in your own kitchen can also be made while camping. Lodge Logic Dutch oven, $68 • Coastal Farm and Ranch 2112 S. First St. • Yakima • 509-457-2447 •


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The PigTail Food Flipper is a unique barbecue tool made to carry, turn and flip food. It replaces tongs, forks and spatulas, making it the only tool you’ll need. Convenient, huh? It comes in 12- and 19-inch lengths, for cooking indoors or out. A great gadget with a silly name. PigTail Food Flipper, $35 Grumpy’s

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Salut! Y.E.S. pours knowledge & fun

Established in 1976, the Yakima Enological Society is an eclectic mix of locals who share an interest in the art and science of winemaking. With a membership of 100, YES includes folks in their late 20s to mid-70s, with professions as diverse as accountants and doctors — even Girl Scout troop leaders. And judging from the animated conversations and applause that fill each meeting, it’s clear the group is dedicated not only to wine, but having a great time, too. While the wine club moniker might conjure images of highbrow stuffiness, the group is anything but. According to its website, YES exists to “foster an interest in and appreciation of viticulture, enology and proper use of wine.” It is one chapter of many around the United States, but here in the Yakima Valley, with our proximity to vineyards and wineries, YES has an advantage not shared by many other enological societies. The group meets monthly at places like the Yakima Valley Museum, Gilbert Cellars and Birchfield Manor. Meetings are filled with laughter and learning: each session features an educational component that sheds light on some aspect of 2 8 | YA K I M A M A G A Z I N E • y a k i m a m a g a z i n e . c o m

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Clockwise from left: Joyce Hollenbaugh, center, lifts her glass for a toast at the birthday-themed table during a tasting with YES at Treveri Cellars. • Juergen Grieb, one of Treveri Cellars’ owners, explains how he makes his wines. • Treveri sparkling wine

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Longtime member and several times past-president Chuck Johnson has been involved with the group since the early 1990s. He rarely misses a meeting, especially during spring, when YES plans its big annual event: the Platinum Award Dinner that was held in April. “This is our biggest meeting, and a great time to really see what YES is all about,” Johnson explains. The dinner featured the winners of Wine Press Northwest magazine’s Platinum judging. The winners are announced in December, after which dinner plans get under way. This year’s dinner was the 10th annual event, and after award recipients were announced, Chuck traveled from Canada to Idaho and Oregon to purchase winemaking. From the effects of soil cases of the “best of the best” wines for type, to weather, sugar content and agthe dinner. ing, all things viticulture are explored Held at the Yakima Country Club, and established vintners are often the April’s dinner featured 19 Platinum and featured speakers. Double Platinum wines, paired with Karen Lee, who with her husband, courses by Yakima chef Brad Masset. AcLeo, has been a member of YES for cording to Hank Sauer, master facilitator about 15 years, says meeting topics vary, for Wine Press Northwest, two of the 19 and many involve food. “There’s nothing wines have a connection to the Yakima better than winos and foodies having Valley: A Kiona lemberger and a Coyote a potluck,” she joked. Meetings often Canyon Winery albarino. involve blind tastings, too. This year, more than a dozen winery “I always get one of the lower scores,” representatives hosted tables, sharing delaughed Lee. “Many people are much bettails of their own winemaking techniques ter than me.” to attendees.

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“To even be considered in this event, a wine must have already received a Gold award in another judging,” Johnson said. A dedicated not-for-profit organization, YES funds two scholarships with the proceeds from its Platinum events: one benefiting students of the Viticulture and Enology program at Washington State University/Tri-Cities, and the other for students in Yakima Valley Community College’s Vineyard and Winery Technology program. If you’d like to get involved, information on YES can be found at Clockwise from top left: Treveri wine waiting for labels • Pouring Treveri sparkling wine in their signature glasses • At a YES tasting at Treveri Cellars, tables pair sparkling wines with snacks and offer ideas for appropriate toasts during events such as birthday parties, retirement parties, weddings and graduations.

Wines featured at this year’s Platinum dinner:

Course Award Winery Wine Year Reception PP Coyote Canyon Winery Albarino 2010 PP L’Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc 2010 PP Tsillan Cellars Bellisima Rossa Lakeside 2008 PP Steppe Cellars Malbec Stonetree 2008 PP Kiona Vineyards Lemberger 2008 First P Gehringer Brothers Classic Auxerrois 2010 P Gehringer Brothers Classic Ehrenfelser 2010 P Gehringer Brothers Dry Riesling 2010 Second PP Jones of Washington Viognier 2010 P William Church Viognier 2010 P Maryhill Winery Viognier 2010 Third PP Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir 2008 P Cardwell Hill Cellars Pinot Noir Estate 2009 P Carlton Cellars Pinot Noir Seven Devils 2009 Fourth PP Covington Cellars Cabernet Franc 2008 P Watermill Winery Cabernet Franc 2008 P Hard Row to Hoe Burning Desire Cab Franc 2008 Dessert P Saviah Cellars Petit Verdot 2007 P Spangler Vineyards Petit Verdot 2008

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The sun is finally shining, which means an abundance of backyard tomatoes will soon be in season. But what to do with them? If you’re a Yakima County Master Gardener, you gather for a “Tomatofest.”   Master gardeners Lucille Meyers and Diana Pieti developed the annual event about 11 years ago; it was a chance for fellow master gardeners to test the many different varieties of tomato that can grow locally. It takes place in September — the ideal time to harvest most tomatoes. The day includes enough tomatoes for sampling, and since master gardeners have a real fondness for good food, potluck dishes are whipped together for sharing, too. And each dish — including desserts — usually contains tomatoes. Tables are laden with an abundance of these fruits (yes, tomatoes are a fruit, although they’re used as a vegetable in cooking) as well as flowers from Carol Barany’s garden. For the past several years tomato and hot pepper guru Larray Prather has shared his melons and cucumbers as well.

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Tomatoes come in a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns: red, yellow, orange, green, chocolate-colored and burgundy — even green striped and a dark purple that’s almost black. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes, too — from very large beefsteaks to tiny grape tomatoes. Members taste each variety before voting on the ugliest, the best-looking, the largest, the most colorful, the sweetest, the most unusual and the best tasting (which is not always the sweetest). We include key information with each entry, including the type of tomato (hybrid or heirloom, standard, cherry, pear, etc.); cultural growing information (planted in ground, raised bed, containergrown, days to maturity, etc.); whether the tomato plant bears fruit once or over a season; notes of interest or special care instructions; whether the tomato is a low-acid variety, and last but not least, whether we would recommend this variety to the beginning gardener.   And lastly, we’ll publish all our juicy findings for you. This year tomato aficionados will be able to read our results in the Yakima Herald-Republic after the September event. July | August 2012

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It’s hard to imagine living a day in the life of Yakima’s Duncan MacLeod. But with a name like that, a man’s bound to be far from ordinary. “I make a hobby out of picking up hobbies,” says MacLeod, the 39-year-old pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church, whose laid-back manner belies the number of pastimes he’s picked up over the years. “I’m a poly-hobbyist.” “Poly-hobbyist” is a term he and his twin brother, Alex, use to describe their constant desire for more sideline interests. Of Scottish descent, MacLeod and his brother were raised in Edmonds by their mother and grandparents. His grandfather, Norman A. Krebbs, was both a professor at Whitworth and a pastor. Although MacLeod grew up in a religious household, as a child he didn’t imagine following in his grandfather’s footsteps. But follow he did. In 1991 MacLeod began his undergraduate Philosophy degree at the University of Colorado, but left in the middle of his studies to become a missionary to college athletes in St. Petersburg, Russia. He lived in Russia for six months, and contrary to his younger self, says this is where he found his calling to ministry. “I had several pretty dramatic faith experiences,” he says. And though he preferred not to go into detail, he said these experiences led him through dramatic personal growth. MacLeod returned to Colorado, but left school in 1996, just two classes shy of a degree. On the road again, he went west to California, getting into youth ministry, and meeting his future wife, Shannon. They married in 1998 and now have three children. Each was born in a different state of the U.S. He finally earned his Bachelors degree in 2003 from California State University at Hayward and his Master’s of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary in 2006. In 2009, MacLeod said he was called to Yakima’s Westminster Presbyterian Church. “I’m a northwest kid,” says MacLeod. “I knew Yakima, but I had never lived in it. There was a chance to be close to my family again.”


Clockwise: MacLeod catches a King Salmon on The Wind River • • Among many hobbies, MacLeod is a beekeeper, below left, and a woodworker, below right.

MACLEOD’S FAMILY IMMIGRATED TO IDAHO from Scotland in 1904, and he has been wearing a kilt since age three. “Each family has their own tartan,” he says, referring to some kilts’ unique plaid pattern. MacLeod was married in a dress kilt. The traditional dress kilt is typically worn to weddings and funerals, but in recent years, the “Utilikilt” — something MacLeod describes as an “urban rough and tumble kilt” — has become popular. Since it has several pockets and hammer hooks, much like cargo pants, MacLeod wears his Utilikilt while doing woodwork, construction and even bird hunting, a tradition he’s taken up with Alex. The two brothers even wore their Utilikilts during the Warrior Dash.

MACLEOD HAS BEEN an outdoor enthusiast since his youth. While an undergrad, he worked as a whitewater rafting guide during the summer months. He now adds fly-fishing, bird hunting and all kinds of boating to his growing list of interests. He’s even building a wooden drift boat in his garage. He and Alex like a challenge too — they recently donned blue body paint while taking on the 3.55 mile Warrior Dash — an extreme obstacle course in North Bend.

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“[It’s] a big excuse to go be silly, celebrate your warrior spirit and have fun,” says MacLeod. But don’t underestimate its difficulty — from scaling walls to jumping fire, it’s far from a novice course. MacLeod also brews beer, makes wine, plays the banjo and gardens. (His brother, adding to their shared “poly-hobbyist” lexicon, is involved in urban sheparding and also plays the fiddle.) When asked how he fits it all in, MacLeod humbly responds, “The hobbies are seasonal, so they aren’t all the time.” July | August 2012


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Clockwise: Chickens on the MacLeod family farm. • MacLeod feeds the family pigs, below right, and, below left, retrieves a swarm of bees from an arborvitae bush.

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For a small town, Prosser packs a lot of punch. Nestled, as Lower Valley burgs are, among rolling hills dotted with leafy orchards and farms shot through with the Yakima River, Prosser’s scenery is impressive. The trip from Yakima isn’t so bad either — in 50 minutes you can be sipping, shopping and savoring your way through this quaint city that’s practically in our backyard. Here are just a few of our favorite places — right off the highway. Blue Flame Spirits is a different kind of tasting room. Tucked into a nondescript strip mall, Blue Flame distills vodka, gin, brandy and grappa. Tom Martin, Blue Flame’s head distiller, says all ingredients are sourced locally, except for juniper berries, which come from Oregon. Martin’s explanations about the chemical process of distilling are worth the trip alone — like a little science lesson. And don’t leave without tasting the grappa, which is made from Red Mountain grape seeds, skins and stems — or “pumice.” It won a gold medal in this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Says Martin, “We nailed it.” Blue Flame Spirits • 2880 Lee Road • Prosser 509-778-4036 •

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With the number of wineries within its city limits, Prosser makes a sipping tour easy. One of our favorites, Airfield Estates Winery, pairs its vintages with a stellar tasting room, too. The winery, owned by the Miller family, built corrugated metal buildings resembling the World War II aircraft hangars that once inhabited the family’s farm — complete with prop plane outside. Inside is a lovely wine bar with floor to ceiling windows that offer a view to the inner workings of the Airfield operation. But not to be missed is the VIP tasting room and wine library that’s housed in the facility’s “tower.”

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One place to watch is the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, located on the bucolic banks of the Yakima River. With fundraising still in the works, one building on the site has been constructed: the Vineyard Pavilion, which opened last summer. The center is named after Dr. Walter Clore, who earned the title “Father of the Washington Wine Industry” from the state legislature after a lifetime of research on the subject. The Walter Clore Center’s goal is to become a “must-see” learning center with a mission to educate visitors about the quality of Washington State wine and food products. Right now its facilities are available for meetings, parties and even weddings. The Prosser Wine and Food Fair will be held there this year.

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There’s a rumor that the world is going to end on December 21, 2012. Bummer. But no worries — there’s enough beer to go around until then. Seattle’s Elysian Brewing, which has partnered with Fantagraphics Books — also based in Seattle — is busy producing new varieties of beer, just to celebrate the Mayan calendar’s prediction. Its “Beers of the Apocalypse” kicked off in January, with a new variety unveiled each month. Each month’s beer is adorned with an edgy label created by Fantagraphics. Even with such names as “Rapture” and “Peste,” the beer goes quickly. Yakima’s Beer Shoppe does get a keg of each month’s variety, but it’s already July, so you better get busy toasting. The Beer Shoppe • 302 W. Yakima Ave. • Yakima 509-453-5706 •


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Thousands of years ago the domesticated dog first came into being. Although scientists don’t agree on exactly how that happened, dogs have since become much-loved members of our modern human society. More recently, dog “agility” participants have taken that canine-human relationship to a new level. Agility is a competitive sport involving both a dog and its trainer, in which a dog is taught to expertly traverse a timed obstacle course, racing through tunnels,


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winning awards as they compete across the region and even around the world, Dwinell added that they are usually unmotivated by titles. More often, they simply want to enjoy their pets on a new level. Dwinell’s fellow SunDogs members agree. SunDogs board vice president Crystal West refers to her dogs as “teammates.” Nine years ago West, who works as an ad-

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ministrative assistant for the Selah School District, began running Shitz Tzu dogs, and she enjoys the camaraderie the sport of agility provides. “At the agility class, we worked together and we really began bonding,” said West, adding that agility was also fun — and good exercise. Also with nine years of experience, Yakima’s Pat Kinney loves agility so much that he sets up a course at his home for extra practices. His backyard course includes an A-frame, a teeter-totter, jumps, a tunnel and a hoop. Kinney, a commercial

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A visitor to the Naches Heights garden of Rob and Michelle Wyles might feel a little like Alice in Wonderland. The garden is a vast, verdant landscape where magical and unexpected surprises appear at every corner. Rob, who owns Northwestern Farm Management and Realty, and Michelle, proprietor of Garden Dance and Rain Dance clothing stores on Yakima’s Front Street, are no strangers to working the land. The couple owned orchards in Connell for 20 years before returning to the Yakima Valley in 1997, where they built their home on family property in Naches Heights. Michelle, 54, has always had a heart for gardening. Her interest became more serious while living in Connell where, she laughed, “If you had a satellite dish, you had a social life.” Taking a Master Gardener program in the Tri-Cities helped expand her knowledge and gave her the confidence to use

her natural creativity to design and landscape that first garden in Connell. When the couple moved to Yakima, their youngest son, Jake, was unhappy about the move. Since they had yet to landscape their property, a light bulb went off for the couple: Why not create some familiarity by building a garden identical to the one in Connell? “When Jake saw the gardens, he said it felt like home,” Michelle remembered. Like a miniature version of Victoria’s Butchart Gardens, Michelle’s and Rob’s backyard has evolved over the years into much more than a combination of lawn, patio and floral pots. Today, a dramatic trellis walkway leads visitors along a stone path from the house to the sylvan splendor of an informal rose garden. With a shudder, Michelle recalled planting more than 350 rose bushes in the reluctant orchard soil that nearly took a jackhammer to break loose. But the effort was worth it.

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The formal English knot garden is the heart of the backyard, with its intersecting rustic walkways, ethereal white roses, conical evergreens and boxwoods set in geometric patterns. It sends the imagination flying off to a British country estate in the cool of a summer’s evening. “I love sitting on a bench in the white garden,” Michelle said. The couple’s close friendship with local artist Leo Adams inspired them to design a Japanese garden, too. “Leo called me one day and said, ‘OK, I’ve figured out the entry,’ ” Michelle said. Using Adams’ rough drawing and the headboard and footboard from his own bed, they constructed an Asian-style trellised gateway that brings a rough-hewn twist to the garden’s entrance. But not all their plans worked out. Michelle recalls a funny incident years ago when Jake and his brother, Nick, needed a summer job to keep them busy. The idea of a koi pond sounded good, so July | August 2012

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the couple told them to dig a hole in the backyard. Unfortunately the boys failed to read any instructions or watch any how-to videos. As a result, the pond does hold large Japanese koi and grows beautiful water lilies, but it also has had some major leaks. Michelle gives her mother, artist Karen Raine, much of the credit for nurturing her green thumb. She holds a very special memory of going on a wonderful garden tour of England with her before she passed away. Fortunately, Raine was a frequent visitor to the Wyles home in her last years and loved every square inch of her daughter’s ever-changing landscape. With a giggle Michelle remembers that


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her mom claimed she “was a slave to the Goddess Flora.” In honor of her mother’s memory, Michelle and Rob hired local builder Gale Curtis to construct a whimsical greenhouse/potting shed with shake siding and antique doors and windows painted in periwinkle, a color her mother loved. The interior of the greenhouse offers the perfect place to grow exotic tropical plants and to display some pieces from Rob’s extensive Americana folk art collection, an avocation that has become his passion. Michelle’s McCoy Pottery collection shares space with the antique gardening tools she’s collected over the years. During summer months the family frequently entertains friends for drinks or dinner around a large round table inside the greenhouse and often generously opens their backyard for fundraising events that benefit local charities. The delightful greenhouse was featured in a book by Debra Prinzing, entitled Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways, which Michelle sells in her shop. Their backyard even includes a place to swim. Normally the focus of a home’s landscape, this lap pool manages to be understated in its context. Pots bubble over with vintage glass Japanese floats, and a lion’s head water spout sends ripples across the pool’s calm surface, adding a classical theme to this peaceful setting. Michelle and Rob Wyles have succeeded in following their passions, ultimately creating an arboretum of earthly delights in the midst of Naches Heights’ rocks, roads, orchards and farms.

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Few things are more relaxing than a road trip west on State Route 410. Whether you are en route to a fishing trip or hiking the trails of Mount Rainier, the scenery will take your breath away. The highway was built alongside the Naches River and is surrounded by glimpses of wildlife and stellar mountain views. Although 2009’s landslide still keeps a portion of the pass closed, a byGold Creek Restaurant and Saloon pass provides a simple 10-minute detour. 18431 State Route 410 • Naches Repairs to the highway are in the works 509-658-2583 and will soon be completed. Restaurant Hours: But what you might not know is that Wed. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. nestled within this impressive terrain is Sat. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. some of the best comfort food — and bevSaloon Summer Hours: 11 a.m. erages — around. From fire-roasted pizzas - close (depending on business) to chicken fried steak, there are plenty of Winter hours vary reasons to stop along the way. 6 6 | YA K I M A M A G A Z I N E • y a k i m a m a g a z i n e . c o m

We consider the 40-minute drive from town to Gold Creek Restaurant a short jaunt, since we wouldn’t be surprised if its “world famous fish and chips” are actually world famous. Visitors can enjoy a basket while dining on the restaurant’s patio in the company of hummingbirds and squirrels — and if you’re lucky, deer. Just a few feet from the restaurant is the newly remodeled saloon, which has quickly become popular for its rustic flair, premium bar beverages and excellent entertainment. Drawing crowds from near and far, Gold Creek Saloon has become a hotspot along the highway.

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ABOVE: Whistlin’ Jack’s mountain rainbow trout. RIGHT: Whistlin’ Jack’s lobby is home to the trophy elk.

Family owned for more than 50 years, Whistlin’ Jack Lodge has made its mark on the mountain. Nestled alongside the Naches River, it has long been considered a great getaway. Dine riverside while enjoying a bottle of great local wine and one of Whistlin’ Jack’s signature dishes, like its mountain rainbow trout or “Edgar’s Gold,” beef filets with béarnaise sauce and crab. Also not to miss: Whistlin’ Jack’s dinner rolls. They’re huge, soft and always a little sweet.

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After dinner stroll on over to the fireside lounge for yummy beverages and live music by entertainer Don Forgey — a crowd favorite since his Whistlin’ Jack’s debut in 1976.

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As far as the eye can see, the land is covered with dense foliage. Humidity is high, echoing with the drip, drip, drip of water in constant motion. Around 15 million years ago the area around Vantage is a tropical rainforest, teeming with life. Scientists hypothesize that Washington is actually a compilation of five different continents left behind as the land masses shifted. No other state has such a variety of geological areas.

Just an hourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drive from Yakima is Vantage. Located on the Columbia River, it is hard to imagine that this desert was once a rainforest crawling with life. Before the dams of the 20th century, the Columbia Gorge was home to indigenous people who left their stories etched on the faces of cliffs. An archeologistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream, many fossils have been found here: mammoth bones, the fossilized remains of a rattlesnake almost 60 feet long, a saber-tooth cat skull. When dams were planned for the 7 0 | YA K I M A M A G A Z I N E â&#x20AC;˘ y a k i m a m a g a z i n e . c o m

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river, archeologists had a short period of time to salvage fossils — and then lost the rest to the swirling waters. Ginkgo Petrified Forest in Vantage is an interesting day trip for those looking for a little adventure. Its more than 7,000 acres were designated a national historic preserve in the 1930s when petrified ginkgo was discovered. Washed in by the floods thousands of years ago, the trees became stone over the course of time. It is one of the most beautiful and unusual fossil forests in the world and contains rare forms of petrified wood (Washington’s state gemstone). For those who like to hike, there are 3-mile trails that make for a nice little one- to two-hour jaunt. For those who don’t or can’t hike, the grounds include a small interpretive center as well as a “rock shop” that contains some of the fossils found. The museum also contains samples of more than 50 different types of fossilized trees includ-

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ing the ginkgo tree, which the park was named after. Ancient petroglyphs, which are images carved in rock, were found on the canyon walls on the Columbia River. Petroglyphs have been found all over the globe except Antarctica, and they played a crucial role in the religious beliefs of the artists. Petroglyphs have captivated viewers with images of the spirit world, where dancers writhed and twirled in animal forms to draw power. Each petroglyph brought a new kind of power ... healing, calling animals to hunt — even bringing rain. There is a display of petroglyphs outside the interpretive center that were cut from nearby basalt cliffs before disappearing under water after the completion of Wanapum Dam in 1953. The site included more than 300 figures, created hundreds of years ago by the Wanapum Indians, and about 60 were saved. Many were destroyed by graffiti or vandals.

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ABOVE: The Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park interpretive center.

TIPS If you decide to make a day trip, it’s a good idea to pack a picnic lunch. Vantage has a population of about 70, so there are limited facilities. Vantage is known for its wind: pack a windbreaker, hat and sturdy hiking shoes. Long jeans are recommended in the summer because of snakes. The sun gets extremely hot, so always bring plenty of water and sunscreen and even a hat or other head covering.


OTHER INTERESTS If swimming is of interest, you can visit one of the many swimming areas designated for tourists. Vantage has some nice sand dunes and is known for its fishing and boating areas, too. Horse people shouldn’t feel left out: there are miles of sand dunes to explore on horseback. A large sculpture comprised of 15 metal horses entitled, “Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies,” commemorates the wild horses that still roam the area today. The monument is on the east side of the river and can be accessed from eastbound I-90. It can be seen from the freeway coming in both directions. If you choose to prolong your stay, there are two RV campgrounds to choose from: the Wanapum State Park and the Vantage Riverstone Resort. Both are located near the river and are fairly primitive. They are full of outdoor activities, including water recreation, hunting, rock-climbing, hiking, bird and nature exploration. There are wineries, wind farms, state parks, museums, golf courses and areas for off road vehicles nearby.


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It’s a teenager’s dream come true: music blaring under summer skies, fast food and cruising in a hot car you can actually afford. Members of Yakima’s Vintiques car club are living the dream — even if their teenage years cruised by several decades ago. “When you get inside (a vintage car) and drive, it takes you back in time,” said Yakima’s Stefan Apperson, as he stood beside his 1963 Chevy Nova at a recent car show at McDonalds on 40th Avenue. Behind Apperson, who is the secretary for the local Vintiques club, a band blasted out “Born To Be Wild,” as car owners and spectators walked among dozens of vintage cars. “It kind of takes me back to the teenage (years) that I would have liked to have had but couldn’t afford,” agreed Dennis Pierce of Union July | August 2012


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Gap, who showed off his metallic purple 1927 Ford roadster pickup. With 83 members (and “associates” who often are spouses), Vintiques shifts into high gear during the summer. There are cruise nights and car shows throughout the Northwest, culminating in the Vintiques Northwest Nationals — or “Rod Run” — at State Fair Park in August. Although members, who have an average age of early to mid-50s, are not required to own a classic car, those who participate in car shows and other events have pre1973 vehicles. “Some people like to go to baseball games. I just love building stuff with my hands,” said Gleed’s Paul Michael. Michael is president of the local club,

and his cars include a 1937 Chevy Master Deluxe sedan and a 1968 Chevelle convertible. Michael noted that most club members have several characteristics in common: they’ve always loved cars, they have some mechanical ability and “like to tinker,” they enjoy associating with others who have the same interest and they have a shop or garage of their own — or at a friend’s — where they can work on their hobby. Michael said Vintiques cars fall into three basic categories: “street rods,” which date to pre-1949; “customs,” which were built from 1949 to the early 1960s; and “muscle” cars that were made after 1961. It can be an expensive hobby.

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Ralph and Judy Mizell of Yakima have invested $50,000 in their 1947 Chevy pickup, named “Back in Black.” It’s not named after the AC/DC song — rather the black “tear-away” pattern on the back of the truck that contrasts with the bright yellow cab. The pickup has everything from a built-in garage door opener to a map light, air conditioning and fourspeed automatic transmission. “I like it when it looks old but runs like a new one,” explained Ralph. Even the high-quality paint with metallic in it, ideal for restoring vintage cars, can cost a whopping $925 per gallon, said Selah’s Dick Elliott, standing next to his bright orange 1954 Ford F100 pickup.

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less, members say. Going to car shows, swap meets and “garage crawls,” in which car enthusiasts meet with others sharing the same interest, is a great method of “cross-pollination” as Apperson calls it. “You meet people from all over the place and you can exchange information on how to do things, where to find parts and which shops do the best work,” Ralph Mizell explained. “It’s the people,” agreed Ken Coleman of Terrace Heights, from the driver’s seat of his 1937 turquoise Chevy sedan. “It’s a family thing. Our kids were raised in this and now our grandkids.” Coleman’s wife, Sandi, says that she “kind of married into the cars” when she 27.199306.YM.N

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Above: Dennis Pierce’s shiny purple Ford. Right: An apple red Chevrolet

married Ken. Their vintage Chevy has played a key role in important family events, being used for the weddings of both their son and daughter, she said. Some of Apperson’s earliest memories are of helping his grandfather, who was a car mechanic. “He was very patient,” recalled Apperson. “My big goal was to own a wrecking yard some day.” Apperson, whose career goal took a turn, teaches information technology at Yakima Valley Community College but is passing along his love of cars to his 7-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. Still, why all the fuss over vintage cars when you could buy a new one right off the lot? “These are more fun,” said Terrace Heights resident Nancy Baisinger, who serves as the club’s website editor and membership and memorabilia chairwoman. She and her husband, Steve, have been club members for 24 years. “The friendships you make, the camaraderie, the memories — you don’t have

that with new cars. It takes me back to my teenage years when we used to ‘putt the boulevard’ (the Van Nuys Boulevard in California),” she said. About a third of current Vintiques members are women and many of the male members’ wives pitch in and help with the restoration projects. Shirley Fairbanks of Selah, who served as the first woman president of Vintiques, said she’s come a long way from the days when she used to hang over her dad’s shoulder as he worked on cars. “When I was about 8-years-old, I remember he sent me to the garage one day to find a can of ‘elbow grease.’” After two trips, she finally burst into tears when she couldn’t find it. As an adult, she takes pride in having rebuilt the engine of her 1959 Chevy pickup she’s named “Oliver,” with a mechanic standing nearby, and helping to rebuild the engine of her 1969 Volkswagen Beetle convertible named “Squirl.” “There are women who enjoy cars and who are willing to venture in,” observed

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Linda Sumner of Yakima who, with her husband, Dale, owns a 1934 Dodge pickup, and has been a member of Vintiques since 1979. “Hopefully, there’ll be more as time goes on. We’d also love to have more younger members.” Meanwhile, Vintiques members are driving the dream, full throttle. “Your car was your life back then,” recalls Ralph Mizell. “Everybody’s got a memory about a car sometime in their life. It makes me young again.” However, that can all come to a screeching halt, members say, when the weather’s bad — especially in winter with slush and anti-ice products on the roads — or any time it’s raining. Then, Vintiques members often revert to the practicality of adulthood, keeping their cars in the garage. Said Apperson, “Superman has kryptonite. Old cars have rain and rust.”

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Vintiques Northwest Nationals More than 700 vintage cars are expected to turn out for the 38th annual Vintiques Northwest Nationals event, Aug. 2-5 at State Fair Park, said Brian Maybee, event director. Gates open to the public from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 and 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 4. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, seniors and military each day. (The other days of the event will be primarily for vintage car owners.) Highlights of the Northwest Nationals — or “Rod Run” as it’s often called — will include vendor displays, a swap meet, poker walk and a sock hop with a DJ on Friday. The Saturday program includes vendor displays, the music of “Manic Mechanics,” a barbecue and pictures with special guest, “Tow-Mater,” a recreation of the “Cars” movie character. There will also be hundreds of cars and kids games. For more details, a complete schedule of events, or a car registration form, call 509-480-9944 or visit

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Pegasus Project A little bit of magic By Andrea Mccoy • PHOTOS BY CHAD BREMERMAN


Driving up the long curved gravel driveway at west Yakima’s Tumbleweed Ranch, home of the Pegasus Project, you can’t help but notice something different in the air. Beautiful horses arch their necks over the fence, curiously watching as cars drive slowly by and park in front of an unassuming whitewashed barn with a red roof. Stepping into Pegasus’ covered arena is when the magic, felt all the way to the driveway, finally makes sense. The arena is full of proud children sitting on

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the broad backs of gentle horses, while their parents cheer enthusiastically. Pegasus Project provides therapeutic riding and equine-related activities to people with special physical and emotional needs in an effort to improve their health and well-being. “There is something about a horse people connect with,” Rachael Conroy, Pegasus executive director, said. “Studies show that riding a horse does everything from strengthen and tone the body to help July | August 2012


Jesse Clark stops for a quick photo with Pegasus Project’s founder, Janie Plath.


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Jesse Clark, who has Asperger’s syndrome, began riding at Pegasus when he was 10.

people improve neurological processing,” she said, adding that the activity can even stimulate speech centers in the brain. A child with autism, who might not speak, can suddenly say “lead on” as clear as day. Parents watch in awe as their child, who previously could barely sit unassisted, can now ride a horse independently. The stories of accomplishment are endless. Founded in 2003, Pegasus Project began as a pilot program, with seven riders with special needs and one instructor. “What started as a couple of people who loved horses and wanted to share a little of what these amazing animals can do has turned into a very rewarding professional industry that serves families in a really special way,” Pegasus founding director Janie Plath said. “I couldn’t have done this without the incredible support of community partners like Children’s Village and the

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dedication of so many donors, friends and volunteers.” Today, five of those original riders still regularly participate at Pegasus. One of them is 18-year-old Jesse Clark. “I’ve always liked horses,” he said. “It’s interesting and fun and a good way to get exercise.” Diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, Jesse started riding at Pegasus when he was 10. Each week, donning cowboy boots and jeans, Jesse has shown up at the barn ready to ride. “Pegasus has been so important and valuable for him,” Joy Clark, Jesse’s mother said. “Riding has helped him organize his thinking, requiring his brain to connect with his body in a new way, so that he can communicate with his horse. Those skills can then be applied to all sorts of activities and routines in his dayto-day life.”

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Due to the remarkable benefits observed and the tremendous response from riders and their families, Pegasus Project has expanded its therapeutic riding services. In 2006, Pegasus Project moved to Tumbleweed Ranch, a 26-acre site allowing for further growth. Pegasus is a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International Premier Accredited Center and one of only three centers with this designation in Washington. Pegasus provides therapeutic riding programs for children and adults in independent and group classes. Riders learn riding skills in an adaptive way, tailored to whatever their individual needs might be. Pegasus also offers hippotherapy, an intensive one-on-one medical model where a physical therapist works with the rider using the movement of the horse as a treatment tool. “The movement and gait of the horse stimulates trunk muscles, increases head control, mobilizes the pelvis and stabilizes the body core in the rider,” Conroy said.

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Jesse Clark with Caitlin Beazely, Pegasus equine coordinator and riding instructor and Rachael Sorsabal, Pegasus’ managing director.

Today, more than 50 riders participate in Pegasus programs. Weekly, it takes 70 to 75 volunteer hours to run the programs. Volunteers do everything from work directly with riders and instructors as side-walkers and horse leads to helping run the office and cleaning out horse stalls. “Volunteers are integral to what we do,” Plath said. “They are the nuts and bolts of our program and really, they stick around because they have so much fun. Right after safety, we care about having fun. Between the kids smiling and the amazing horses, how can it not be fun?” Conroy herself started as a volunteer in 2008, initially interested in Pegasus because of her love of horses. But like so many other volunteers, the riders and families kept her around, and she eventually moved into an instructor role and then became its director last fall. Pegasus

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Project employs three full-time and three part-time staff. Currently, seven horses are used in the program. Staff is on the lookout for several more horses after retiring four in the last year. “The marvelous seven, as I call them,” Plath said. “It takes a very special horse to be part of our program, and while there are a lot of really wonderful horses out there, our horses have to have a heart for these riders, and you can just tell one way or the other if they do or they don’t.” On June 2, riders and families gathered for the annual Pegasus Showcase. This celebration gives riders an opportunity to display the skills they’ve learned throughout the year. With three categories, riders of every level and ability have the chance to participate. Trail and relay events give riders an opportunity to show off horsemanship skills including walking, trotting

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Name & Age: David Huycke, 58 Personal: Wife Mary, two grown sons, and some cats (I’m not saying how many.)

inter view “Yakima geology is big and loud and world class.”

Profession: YVCC geology instructor. I started teaching part time in 1991, full time since 1994. Where did you grow up, go to school, etc.? Born in Tacoma; grew up in Seattle, Honolulu, San Francisco Bay area. BS Geology, University of Puget Sound MS Geology, University of Wyoming MA History, University of Southwestern Louisiana. When did you know you wanted to be a geologist? Any mentors or inspiration behind your career? I think early on I had the script to play geologist, but that lay dormant until I took Geology 101 in college. Then I was smitten. Doing geology offered a great combo for me: detective sleuthing coupled with outdoor exploration. Couldn’t resist that. All professors have been mentors in one way or another. My most effective teachers were those who demanded a lot of me and didn’t tolerate sloppy work. Your specific fields of interest in the earth sciences are geomagnetism and glaciation, but you also lecture on the history of Western civilization and in fact received an MA in history as well. Do you find a link between those two areas, or are they disparate? I’m drawn to both history and geology in part because of how they stretch one’s imagination, particularly with regard to addressing the passage of time. Plus, my dad was a maritime historian who had a gift for remembering dates. I inherited a piece of that. How would you describe the Yakima area in terms of its geology? In your opinion, what is the single most remarkable aspect of our natural surroundings? Yakima geology is big and loud and world class. Events that shaped our landscape have been as dramatic and catastrophic as can be found anywhere else on the planet. While we understandably got pretty excited over the 1980 St. Helens eruptions, those events were dinkville compared to some of the

other geologic trauma inflicted in the region. Practically within Yakima’s city limits are exposures of what is perhaps the longest andesite lava flow in the world (the one-million-year-old Tieton Andesite, which comprises the spine of Naches Heights) and what may be the single, largest volume basalt flow in the world (the 16-million-year-old Rosa flow). Not to mention evidence for the Glacial Lake Missoula floods, perhaps the world’s greatest flood catastrophe, which ripped up the surface of eastern Washington 15,000 years ago. The floodwaters that inundated our valley were about 300 feet deep where downtown Yakima is today. You’ve done a lot of hiking and cycling in your life and have served on Yakima’s Bicycle and Pedestrian advisory committee. Do you commute via bicycle to work? Would you call Yakima a bicycle-friendly community or do we have work to do? I bike to work most of the year, walk when it’s snowy or icy. Try to drive only when I have to. (With walking and cycling as options, why would anyone ride in a car if it wasn’t really necessary?) Yakima is gradually becoming a more bike-friendly community. I, personally, have not had a single bad run-in with a motorist. Though I know that there are some who still believe roads are for motor vehicles only. It would be great if more local businesses installed bike racks, a relatively small expense that would encourage more to cycle — and ought to be good for business. All of Yakima would also greatly benefit by having more cross–town bike routes. If we improve bicycle infrastructure and encourage more to bike to their destinations, that population becomes healthier and motorized traffic is reduced. Win-win for everybody.

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You lead a number of hikes for local groups — including hikes with a local Boy Scout troop and your college students. Where are your favorite trails? Best local short, scenic trail: Cowiche Canyon. Best trails to get up above winter fog: Cowiche Mountain via Snow Mountain Ranch, and the Yakima Skyline Trail. Best trail connecting an urban center to a National Park: William O. Douglas Trail (Yakima to Mount Rainier). You’re on the proverbial desert island … what five items do you take with you? 1) a telescope and good star chart 2) a thick stack of Sudoku puzzles 3) Learn How to Speak French tutorial CDs … inserted into a reliable solar-powered CD player 4) Winston Churchill’s four-volume History of the English-Speaking Peoples 5) a stout tether connecting me to the amply-stocked cruise ship anchored just offshore Name one thing about you that would surprise your students or colleagues. I think my colleagues already know that I’m a tree-hugging, bike-riding, practically vegetarian Republican. Not much else is left hidden in my closet. Why is Yakima home to you? Just employment, initially. But over the years Yakima has grown on Mary and me. We’ve discussed relocating but we love our work here (Mary is a district superintendent with the United Methodist Church), and have built up a network of great friends. We feel very connected to the community. If you could boil your life philosophy down to one or two sentences, what would it be? “There is a seed of equivalent benefit in every adversity.” — paraphrased from Napoleon Hill, by way of my high school philosophy teacher, Jim Nugent. July | August 2012

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