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A Secret Garden

Rock Climbing

Take a Trip to Paradise

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Disc Golfin’! 52 Check out the new local disc golf course at Randall Park. PHOTO BY TJ MULLINAX


Home & Garden



24 There’s more to North First Street than meets the eye.

68 Yakima County Master Gardeners have a “secret” garden that’s actually open to the public. Take a peek at this Union Gap wonder.


46 Brian Anderson has a collection of truly impressive antique autos.


18 Local rock climbers reach astounding heights in the Tieton River Valley.


Notes from Yakima | 10 From the Web | 14 Fresh Sheet | 16 City Scene | 80 Calendar | 84 Interview | 86

32 Get a glimpse of Darcie and Brian Roberts’ home and English-style gardens.

62 Live entertainment and summer go hand-in-hand, and these outdoor concert venues promise a whole lot of fun.

72 The majestic Mount Rainier — and Paradise — are only a short drive away.

42 Get inspired to go grilling with these easy seafood recipes. 60 Andrea McCoy introduces us to her new column, Kitchen Captivated, and her recipe for grilled pizza.

ON THE COVER Mike Roy scales a column of rock on a recent climb in the Tieton River Valley. PHOTO BY CHAD BREMERMAN


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I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. -Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass Jill and Robin take a break on a bench in the Yakima County Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Garden. PHOTO BY JILL ST. GEORGE

IN THE LETTER I WROTE FOR last year’s Outdoors edition, I described myself as “indoorsy.” While that’s still true — you’re not going to find me tent camping or more than 500 feet from a shower in the near future — I have found a new love outside: gardening. When my husband and I moved into our house several years ago, I made a map of the yard’s vibrant and manicured gardens, in order to memorize the names of the plants that were completely foreign to me. I had grand aspirations, but with little experience, those plans consisted mostly of puttering with cute gloves. Soon after we moved in I had my son, which was followed by the economic collapse. The gardens quickly became last on my list of “to-dos.” All too quickly, once immaculate flowerbeds became untenable masses of overgrown plants. A late winter wind storm toppled our 50-foot fir tree, changing a placid shade garden into a struggling sun slope. The pump on the sprinkler system broke — twice. When not maintained, we found,

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gardens become scary little jungles. But this year, something changed. I felt up to the challenge. I wasn’t daunted by the weeds or overwhelmed by the overgrowth. Something was drawing me to the dirt. These days if I’m not at work, I’m outside. I’ve jettisoned the cute garden gloves for those of the hard-working variety. Weeds don’t scare me anymore. When I finally come inside for the evening, I tend to daydream of how I’ll transplant in the fall. I haven’t found that map, but I’m making my own. Jill and her son, Jax, have planted their first vegetable garden this year, too. “I let Jax water it every day,” she says. “It’s been fun watching it sprout and grow.” So it was with some excitement that Jill and I read the features for this year’s Outdoors edition of Yakima Magazine. Diana Pieti has written a column on the Yakima County Master Gardeners’ “secret garden” (it’s not a secret anymore!), where beginners like me can get inspiration for their own green spaces. You’ll get a glimpse of Brian and Darcie Roberts’ delightful

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Tudor home and its lovely English landscaping. Not only that, we treat you to several tasty recipes that can be made outside on the grill, adding herbs from the garden for freshness. And there’s much, much more, including a feature on disc golf at Randall Park, a look at the antique car collection of Brian Anderson and a story on rock climbing in the Tieton River Valley. Don’t forget to catch us — and Jill’s blog, From the Notepad — on yakimamagazine. com. Online you’ll also be able to view more pictures that we just couldn’t squeeze into these pages. Also, feel free to drop us a line and tell us what you’d like to see featured in an upcoming edition. We love to hear from you. Until then, we’ll be outside!

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CHAD BREMERMAN has been shooting pictures for the past eight years for his own company, Portraits for a Lifetime. Chad is married to Julie Bremerman and has two daughters, Hannah, 11, and Emma, 9. CHRISTINE CORBETT CONKLIN, a writer and editor who owns Media Northwest, was born and raised in Yakima. She enjoys travel, reading — and most anything chocolate! 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. MELISSA LABBERTON has been freelance writing for the past 20 years. With a bachelor’s in theater from the UW, she has been an active performer and director for the Warehouse Theatre of Yakima. ANDREA MCCOY Having made her home in Yakima five years ago, Andrea lives with her husband and three young children. With a degree in journalism from Western Washington University, she does writing and public relations for non-profits around the Valley, wrangles toddlers and as a novice cook, can often be found in the kitchen testing out new recipes. LISA WOOLCOCK A Washington State University graduate and an active member of Junior League of Yakima, Lisa Woolcock provides pediatric speech therapy services in the Yakima Valley. In addition, Lisa has a small photography business. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors. DIANA PIETI was born here and never left. She loves “digging in the dirt” and has been a member of Yakima County Master Gardeners for 15 years, volunteering each week in the master gardeners’ demonstration garden.



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here’s something about scarcity that increases desire — the idea behind the tug-of-war of supply and demand, I guess. This must pertain to food, too, since I seem to enjoy dishes that restaurants serve only on certain days more than others you can get on any ol’ day. The brain is a funny thing. So it was with a mix of excitement and disappointment that I heard the news — several years ago — that Yakima’s 901 Pasta would begin serving its Yakima-famous cream of artichoke soup EVERY DAY. Previously, the artichoke soup ($3.85/cup) was available only on Thursdays. It could be too much of a good thing, I thought. If I can just belly up to the counter and get it anytime — say, even a TUESDAY — will it be as good? There’s no wait. No anticipation! I was wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.


Let me tell you a little about this soup. It’s full of artichokes, those immature, edible thistles that I don’t even like, probably because of their inherent acidic sourness. But only a dollop of that acidity lands in this soup, which the folks at 901 Pasta say is made from scratch, like all of its soups. It is instead a dreamy mix of artichokes, mushrooms, carrots, onions, celery and spices, all swimming in a cream-laden mix. The acidity scores a partial hit, but the richness provides a delicious balance. So it doesn’t matter if I get a sandwich, a pizza or pasta as my main dish, that artichoke soup will be on the table, too. Incidentally, if you’re interested in my idea of the perfect 901 Pasta lunch, it includes a plate of two salads ($7.45): cheese tortellini with pine nuts and artichokes (I know, I know) and the pea

salad with water chestnuts and bacon, which tastes like a salad straight out of the garden; a big slice of 901’s lovely focaccia with sea salt (55 cents), and if I’m feeling decadent, a black bottom cupcake with cream cheese filling and toasted almonds ($1.75). Oh, and of course the artichoke soup. It’s worth the wait ... even if you don’t have to.

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Climbing the Tieton River Valley


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The Moonrocks area features a variety of climbs.


SPOTTED WITH SAGEBRUSH, blackeyed susans, oak, aspen, cottonwood groves and cactus, the arid Tieton River Valley gives way to lush fir forest as the elevation climbs. Home to a rumbling river and the occasional rattlesnake, the Tieton Valley is also a veritable mecca for outdoor recreation right in the Yakima Valley’s own backyard. Enthusiasts can hike, camp, fish and bike just a short car ride from town. The Tieton River Valley is also home to more than 400 rock climbing routes spread over a 20-mile stretch from the lower river valley up through the upper Rimrock Lake area. Known among the climbing community for its solid rock quality and variety of routes, climbing in the Tieton has been one of the Yakima Valley’s better kept secrets. “Climbing forces a calmness of mind; you are purely in your body, purely in the moment,” said local climber and hop farmer Mike Roy, 37. “Climbing requires strength, control of the mind and an understanding of how to use your body to navigate the rock.” A small group of loyal climbers has dedicated years to discovering and developing climbing routes at multiple sites throughout the area. Growing in popularity as a regional climbing destination, spring and summer often bring climbers from around the Pacific Northwest. Matt Christiensen, 51, started rock climbing in the late 1970s at just 11 years old. Starting with the Painted Rocks at Garrison Grade, Christiensen and his brother, Jamie, talked their father into buying them a rope, and they quickly developed a passion for the sport that would last a lifetime.

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OPPOSITE: Roy climbs “Ages of You” at Moonrocks. He says the climb uses a “crack climbing technique called finger locking in which you wedge your fingers inside the crack and torque them to keep you attached to the rock.” Here he is resting one arm, while allowing blood to flow back to his fingers before making his next move. ABOVE: Roy, front, and fellow climber Corbin Strunk cross a foot bridge over the Naches River on their way to the climb. July | August 2013

“Climbing left a real impression on me as a kid; I didn’t necessarily see myself as some big football player,” Christiensen said. “But climbing was a good sport for me, adventuresome and always changing, always new.” Admired for his agility and steadfast approach, Christiensen is well-known for his contribution to route development and first ascents throughout the Tieton in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Still an avid climber today, Christiensen, a technology teacher at Washington Middle School in Yakima, is spending his summer break getting certified to become a rock climbing guide and instructor through the

American Mountain Guide Association. “One of the reasons I’m doing this training is to make climbing more accessible for young people,” he said. “I love introducing people to climbing, especially in the Tieton, because there’s a little something for everyone.” Says Roy, “I’ve climbed all over the world, and I’ve never gotten sick of climbing the Tieton.” The Tieton offers climbers traditional (often called trad) or sport climbing, and many climbers develop a preference. In traditional climbing, one temporarily places gear (such as bolts) into the rock, and then removes it after passage. Sport climbing • YAKIMA MAGAZINE | 21


Roy climbs “Straight Talk,” a traditional climb approximately 80-90 feet high. On this type of climb, Roy says, one places stoppers or camming devices in the crack during the ascent to protect in case of a fall. After finishing, the climber descends, removing all the gear that was just placed.

permanently places bolts or gear along the route. Generally, the rock face in the lower canyon — such as Royal Columns, the Bend and Moonrocks — have more traditional routes, while higher up the valley — at Oasis, the Cave, Rainbow Rocks, Wildcat, Lava Point and South Fork — have more sport routes. Jim Matthews, 50, remembers meeting a group of ardent rock climbers back in 1987, shortly after moving to the Yakima Valley from the East coast. “If it wasn’t for a couple of local climbers, who not only found areas to climb in the Tieton, but were quite prolific in developing routes, I don’t know where climbing would be today,” Matthews said. “They put the Tieton on the map.” Matthews, a stay-at-home dad, quickly found rock climbing to be a natural extension of his love for the outdoors. “Climbing was always something I wanted to do. I had seen pictures of it in magazines and knew I wanted to try it,” Matthews said. “I’ve heard it described as having fun, only different. I would say that sums it up perfectly.” 22 | YAKIMA MAGAZINE •

Today Matthews regularly takes his young sons, Tucker, 7, and Ian, 10, up the Tieton for climbing. Together they have climbed extensively locally and even went to Yosemite National Park for a climbing trip last summer. “They love it. At first, they didn’t do too much, but right around Tucker’s sixth birthday, something just clicked and up he climbed, all the way to the top,” Matthews said. A regular at the Royal Columns, located across from the Elk Feeding Station on Highway 12, the Matthews boys relish the relative quietness of the climbing area. The challenge more often than not is finding other climbers available to go out. “Some of the great things about climbing in the Tieton is there is lots of climbing with not a lot of people,” he said. “There are so many routes, which is remarkable when you really think about it, with lots of variety in style and difficulty.” To give rock climbing a try, Central Washington University has youth and adult recreation programs for non-students and an indoor climbing wall. Finding a mentor with the knowledge and skill-set is key

to developing an understanding to the nuances of climbing. “Climbing can be a sort of choreographed dance at times,” Roy said. “It is a fluidity of movement and muscle memory, understanding how the body and the rock interact.”

For those interested in climbing, Central Washington University’s climbing wall is a good place to get started. The wall is open to community members. Central also has a youth climbing program for young people who want to get started in the sport. youth-climbing Also search “Tieton Rock Climbers” on Facebook for the open group page for local climbers and those wanting to start out. July | August 2013

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CLOCKWISE FROM THIS PAGE: Sam Watts, a frequent visitor and musician from Seattle, enjoys some refreshments from Mi Pueblo during a recent visit to town. • A colorful pile of the prickly pear fruit waits for customers at Mi Pueblo. • Customers place their orders at Taqueria Los Primos. 24 | YAKIMA MAGAZINE •

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food, including pico de gallo with cabbage, tomato, cilantro, onion and pepper, radishes and salsas. Those ordering bottles of mineragua, jarritos or Sangria Senorial — which stand out next to bottles of Gatorade — can move to a wash basin near the counter and open their bottled beverages. The tin coffee can full of bottle caps reveals many customers have gone through this routine before. Close by at 105 E. E St., in the first suite of a shopping complex that faces North First Street, Victoria is open for business as well. Although the exterior is nondescript, Victoria is brimming with colorful clothes, accessories and other items from Mexico, particularly the states of Oaxaca, Yucatan and Veracruz. The shop moved to this location last March, away from its former spot near Gasperetti’s, where it was in business for two years. In broken English, Dora Narez, Victoria’s owner, says the store caters to adults and children alike. “Mostly little girls, some boys.” Victoria is open every day, with shorter hours on Sundays so employees can attend church. The shop is a small room, but much is packed into it, including items a casual shopper may find surprising.

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One such place is Taqueria Los Primos. The taco van could be lost in the many other Mexican cuisine selections in Yakima, but it thrives at its location at 404 N. First St., where it’s been in business for seven years. The taco van operates on a flexible schedule, too, open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and closing at 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Cook Juan Cornejo has been preparing dishes there for the past five years, and his affability is evident the moment one steps up to order. With short hair under a paper chef’s hat and beard, Cornejo’s friendly smile shows in his eyes as he interacts with patrons. Customers can find authentic versions of old favorites such as tacos, burritos and rice and beans. But Cornejo also prepares dishes many Yakima residents may be unaccustomed to: buche (pork stomach), birria (spicy goat meat) and steak ranchero. Customers know the drill, ordering abruptly and confidently in Spanish, others in English, with few words exchanged with Cornejo, implying regular visits for lunch or dinner. Between the front counter and a refrigerated display case of cold drinks rests a closed cooler that contains toppings for



RIGHT: River and Sarah model dresses from Victoria. OPPOSITE: Dora Narez, Victoria’s owner, behind the counter at her shop. 28 | YAKIMA MAGAZINE •

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811 W. Yakima Avenue Dresses from Veracruz are on display, along with cowboy hats and other types of hats for men and women, serape (colorfully designed blankets) for adults and children, boots and jackets. An Aztec calendar is the most popular symbol on jackets sold here. Traditional clothes for men, designed to wear in hot weather, are also for sale. Revocos, traditional shawls for women, are available, too. Dora says these shawls are “so important with babies” in order to carry and nurse. Purses, bags, jewelry and accessories, perfumes and lotions sit side-by-side with Gano coffee. Christian music CDs in Spanish are stacked near one counter, while car chargers and pre-paid, long-distance phone cards are for sale in another stand in the shop. There’s a sense of community in the small shop on First Street; the staff greets and visits easily with a gentleman who appeared to have no desire to purchase or browse, but simply chat. An older gentleman carrying a black bag walked placidly by outside the shop, selling freshly-made tamales, and making Victoria one of his many stops before moving on to the next business. That same sense of community extends just north to Mi Pueblo. The grocery store at 511 N. First Street — formerly La Bodega Yakimex — has taken on new ownership and management in the past two years. Owner Manpreet Singh and manager Carla July | August 2013


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Hernandez have worked hard to make sure the store thrives and fulfills its original status as the “first big Mexican store” in the city, says Hernandez. Mi Pueblo is bright, colorful and neat, with pinatas lining most of the aisles. A one-stop shop, Mi Pueblo (“my town”) specializes in Mexican dishes and treats along with products typically found in other grocery stores. Walking along an aisle next to a stand of Doritos, for instance, is a basket of Mexican cactus, penca de maguey. Near the butcher, customers can choose from a variety of meats as well as freshly made tamales on Saturdays. Birria is also a favorite, which here can consist of marinated pork, beef or even goat. Other highlights are homemade pasole and chicharrones (fried pork rinds). Someone looking to wash down these foods can try homemade frutas aguas, or fruit water in a variety of flavors including strawberry, cantaloupe, pineapple and horchata. Singh and Hernandez also expanded the store’s produce section, which features fruit and vegetables from local growers. “Those who missed Sunday’s Farmers’ Market can come here, and it’s reasonably priced,” says Hernandez. One produce treat is a tuna, a fruit that comes from the prickly pear cactus. The tuna can be dressed with lemon juice and spices such as chile, as Hernandez recommends. Filled with hard seeds, a tuna has a similar freshness and texture of a kiwi, but is closer in taste to a honeydew melon or cantaloupe with its mild sweetness. Hernandez says other types of cactus can be made edible by removing its horns before cutting and slicing it. The food can then be boiled over the stove and flavored with pico de gallo or salsa, or put into an omelet. “We want to make it easier for shopppers, for the community,” says owner Singh. “We try to carry everything.” A brief venture to North First Street might just expand our definition of what that word “everything” entails.

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china cupboard in a cozy breakfast nook. “We looked at it and bought it the first night,” says Brian, who is a partner at Argus Insurance. “I liked the home’s character.” As only the fifth owners, they were especially pleased that the former occupants had loved the house as much as they did. Over the course of the home’s almost 80 years, American lifestyles changed drastically. Families in the 1930s and ’40s had larger families, but smaller houses. Children shared bedrooms, and bathrooms were at a premium. Families ate dinner in the dining room, kids played in the neighborhood and the basement often went unfinished. Darcie and Brian knew they would need to remodel


to accommodate their two children, Lauren and Jack, but made a plan to make those changes over time. Fortunately, the living and adjacent dining rooms only needed a light-colored coat of paint, a smattering of comfortable furniture and some interior design to make them perfect for the family. The original leaded glass bay window, shiny wood floors and glass-fronted shelves that bookend the white brick fireplace already lent an oldschool charm to the front of the home. Now

a round table with six upholstered chairs make the dining room look intimate, but the table can be expanded to accommodate 12 or more people for holiday dinners. The couple quickly realized that what the original design lacked was a large family room on the main floor where friends could gather and relax. A master bedroom and an adjoining office, steps away from the kitchen and main floor bathroom, became the obvious choice for this new purpose and thus the couple embarked on their July | August 2013

first major remodeling project. Today their large family room features lots of windows, including French doors leading to their backyard, cushy leather furniture, a big screen TV and an upright piano, which Darcie plays. But they didn’t stop there. Upgrading the kitchen became another priority. Instead of making drastic structural changes, Darcie painted the cupboards a soothing sweet cream color to coordinate with the granite countertop tiles. New stainless steel July | August 2013

appliances added another update. Having lived in Europe before she married Brian, Darcie incorporated Italian tiles above the cooktop to add a little cosmopolitan charm to the kitchen. “My dream would be opening up the kitchen,” Darcie admitted, but that project still looms in the future. When asked which room they like the best, Brian professed his fondness for the remodeled basement, but Darcie declared a love for the master bedroom. When they repurposed the original master bedroom

into a family room, the couple claimed the largest of the three upstairs bedrooms for their own. The only downside was the lack of closet space. They discovered that if they opened the walls under the eaves they would have sufficient room to create two large closets and deepen the drawers of the original built-in dresser. This extra space now gives plenty of room for shoes and clothes. Conquering the unfinished basement made for another interesting project. The • YAKIMA MAGAZINE | 37


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former owners left an “enchanted tiki room” of sorts, complete with bamboo shades covering the walls and an ancient water bed. After the wee bit of Polynesia sailed away and the old leaking bed left the building, walls and ceilings were finished, carpets were laid and a fireplace was installed. The finished basement now includes a guest bedroom and a “man cave” and TV room complete with a vintage pool table, formerly owned by Brian’s grandfather. Both Darcie and Brian enjoy gardening, and the recent addition of a large stone deck with a dramatic grapevine-covered pergola makes for the ideal outdoor entertaining spot in their backyard. The space features a built-in grill, comfortable lawn chairs and a gracious wrought iron dining table

and chairs. The beautifully manicured gardens complement the new hardscape. The couple also hired Gill Concrete and Masonry Design to create a fountain from Darcie’s design that adds the magical sound of water to this urban oasis. Fourteen koi and two turtles also swim about, making the fountain their home. Although owning an older house comes with an increased amount of upkeep and hard work, the Roberts family has discovered that it also brings greater than usual reward. The love and perspiration they have poured into the physical structure appears to have been returned many times over as this home gives its blessing to the fifth family it has comfortably housed. July | August 2013

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Skewered shrimp with herbed compound butter • 18 large shrimp, deveined • 6 skewers • Olive oil • Crushed red pepper • 1/2 cup of butter, at room temperature • 2 tablespoons herbs of your choice, chopped fine • 1 teaspoon salt An hour or two before cooking the shrimp, mix the butter with the chopped herbs and salt. A fork is best for this task. Scoop the butter mixture onto a sheet of wax or parchment paper and form into a roll. Then roll butter up into the paper, twisting the ends shut. Place in freezer if cooking the shrimp soon, or in the refrigerator if cooking the following day. Before cooking the shrimp, soak skewers for 30 minutes, so they don’t burn on the grill. Then thread 3-4 shrimp on each skewer. Brush with olive oil, then add salt and crushed red pepper. Grill for a minute or two on each side, until cooked through. Serve with a slice or two of the herbed butter right on top.

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Walla Walla sweet onion halibut Adapted from 101 Things to do with a BBQ • 2-4 halibut steaks • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 Walla Walla sweet onion, sliced into half moons • 2 cloves garlic, chopped • Juice from 1 lemon • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard • 1/4 cup butter • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated • 1 tablespoon of chives, chopped Prepare fish by patting dry and seasoning liberally with salt and pepper. Place halibut in a foil “boat.” Set aside. Put olive oil in a pan over medium heat on the stove. Add onion and cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds. Add the remaining ingredients (except chives) and simmer for a few minutes until slightly reduced. Top halibut with the onion mixture and grill over medium-high heat until fish flakes easily. Add chives for garnish. July | August 2013 • YAKIMA MAGAZINE | 43


Herby Clams • 1 lb. clams, scrubbed clean • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1 tablespoon basil, chopped • 1 tablespoon thyme, chopped • 1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, chopped • 1/2 teaspoon salt • Juice from 1/2 of a lemon Place cleaned clams (make sure they are closed — throw away any open clams that do not close) in a grill-safe pan and cover with tin foil. Place on a hot grill and wait a few minutes. The clams will slowly begin to open, then most will open almost at once. Once they’ve all opened, take them off the grill. Mix the rest of the ingredients and toss with the clams. Feel free to swap the herbs with whatever is on-hand, but remember that fresh, in this recipe, is best. If you’re feeling spicy, add a shake of Tapatio.


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Brian Anderson, who collects and restores vintage cars, stands by his 1953 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith. OPPOSITE TOP: The interior of Anderson’s 1953 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith limousine features a wood interior with two seats that face forward and jump seats that face backward. OPPOSITE BOTTOM: The grill of Anderson’s 1950 Bentley. 46 | YAKIMA MAGAZINE •

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Vintage Car Lust


A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, while sipping a latte near my favorite window at Lincoln Avenue Espresso, I looked out to find a vintage Rolls Royce gliding to a stop directly in front of the door. “Now that’s something you don’t see every day in Yakima,” I thought. Curiosity got the better of me, and I accosted the owner, Brian Anderson, with a string of questions. He graciously gave me a peek inside his 1953 Silver Wraith limousine (it’s fit for a queen) and mentioned that he had a few other old cars at home parked in his garage. Time passed and I would occasionally see him drive up to the coffee shop in other shiny vehicles, both old and new. I finally got up my nerve to ask if he’d agree to let me write an article about his collection for Yakima Magazine, knowing that it would interest the many readers who also suffer from that incurable ailment known as “car lust.” My own husband gave in to this affliction years ago, when he bought and sold a string of British sports cars that spent more time in the shop than on the road. That said, he loved every inch of these sporty foreign speedsters. (I’m convinced one of the saddest events of his adult life was when he sold his British racing green Triumph TR3.) Although he currently doesn’t own a vintage sports car, he still succumbs to secretly reading the Hemmings Classic Car magazine online when he thinks I’m not looking. After several coffee shop conversations with Anderson, he finally agreed to an interview and a tour of his automobile collection. When I arrived at his country home in Gleed, he ushered me into his spotless four-car July | August 2013 • YAKIMA MAGAZINE | 47


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garage. He may not own a huge variety like talk show host Jay Leno, but there’s an interesting story behind each of his classic cars. Anderson grew up in Yakima, graduating from West Valley High School in 1964. It somehow seems appropriate that a man with a passion for cool cars would have worked as a teenager at the old Country Drive-In on Nob Hill Boulevard for his dad, who owned the outdoor movie theater. In fact, the money he earned from that job allowed him to buy his first car, a 1958 Chevrolet Impala. The pride of his current collection is the Rolls Royce, which he bought last year, for an undisclosed amount. “Since I was 12 years old, I’ve always wanted a Rolls,” Anderson remembered. “It took me a while to get it.” With only 11 Silver Wraiths built by Rolls Royce in 1953, the exquisite limousine was originally ordered for the CEO of Lloyds of London, and was subsequently owned by the lord mayor of London. The interior features steering on the right-hand side, wood paneling, a divider between the front and back seats, cup holders and even two crystal decanters in the rear window ledge for backseat cocktails. They’re etched with the Rolls Royce logo. “The car needed some work, but I just love it,” he said. The car has also won many trophies at car shows. The next vintage car in his garage had me singing Prince’s Little Red Corvette. There it was in all of its flaming red glory, the fantasy car of every high school boy from the ’60s to the ’80s. Anderson bought the 1964 Vette in 1971 for $1,810, and admits he enjoyed working on it himself, but now leaves the heavy lifting to a mechanic. He claims this high-powered car has clocked 137 mph on the Moxee Highway. “But that was a long time ago,” he quipped. Next down the line is a shiny 1934 Ford Deluxe four door. The car had been moldering in an old chicken coop before Anderson got the tip. He paid $6,000 for it in 2002, and at the time it looked like a piece of junk ready for the scrap pile. But to Anderson, the model had some historic significance: outlaws “Bonnie and Clyde” were shot to death while attempting to escape the law in a similar Ford Deluxe. “I always wanted a street rod, but wanted one bigger than a coupe,” he explained. He had the Ford painted a candy apple red and restored inside and out to the tune of $100,000. “The inner workings are immaculate. I drive July | August 2013


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it a lot and take it to car shows in Moxee, Bickleton and Tacoma, all over the state.” Not completely satisfied with one Corvette, a 1981 jet black Stingray, featuring a 330 horsepower engine and less than 2,000 road miles, eventually became available. He bought his second Corvette in 1991 for $8,500, and today it sits waiting for a fast and furious spin. According to corvette-info., the 1981 Corvette was the first to use a computer on all production models. “I had to put in a new engine,” Anderson said. And like the 1964 model, this car has speed and can reach 130-140 mph. Before Anderson bought the Rolls Royce he dreamed of, he succumbed to the next best thing: a 1950 snow white Bentley Mark VI, made in England by the same company. Purchased in 2010 for $27,000, it has required a great deal of work. When asked why he wanted a Bentley, Anderson said, “It was the nearest thing to a Rolls at the time! I’ve used both the Rolls and Bentley for friends’ weddings.” Anderson keeps his relatively small vintage car collection in immaculate condition, spending hours polishing each of them by hand. He also owns a motorhome, a truck with large trailer to transport his vintage cars, a new SUV and a boat, while his wife, Irene, drives a 2009 Cadillac. Not ready to retire, he helps run the family business, a large mobile home park in West Valley. A visit to the office where he displays his many car show trophies ended my tour and interview. Before I drove away in my not-so-perfect Volvo, he left me with one interesting anecdote about the car that got away. Chuckling, Anderson admitted to owning a “tricked-out” Chevy van in the ‘70s, the perfect “love mobile” in which to take a date to the drive-in. And to remind him of those good times, he owns what might be the only surviving Country Drive-In speakers, just waiting for the outdoor movie to begin.

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THOSE UNFAMILIAR WITH THE sport of disc golf often confuse it with ultimate Frisbee, but there’s a big difference. “It’s basically ball golf with Frisbees,” says avid disc golfer, Jesse Ingram, 34. “You want to have the fewest amount of shots in a round.” Ingram grew up in Selah and graduated from Selah High School in 1997. After two years at YVCC and bouncing around colleges on the west side for the next few years, he moved back to Yakima in 2011. He’s now pursuing a degree in education at Heritage University, while delivering pizzas at night. Ingram’s interest in disc golf was piqued when he lived near a course in Snohomish from ’05-’09. It didn’t take long before he

gave it a try, and a single round immediately led to playing daily. “I got hooked,” he says. But when he moved back to Yakima, disappointment set in. The nearest course was in Tri-Cities. With a burning desire to play, he and his friends settled for objects as holes — like trees and benches at Randall Park. But that didn’t cut it — Ingram wanted a real disc golf course. In October 2011, Ingram pitched the idea for a disc golf course at a City Council meeting, and the council directed him to the Parks & Recreation Department, and its manager, Ken Wilkinson. Wilkinson was all for the idea — but the July | August 2013

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project needed someone in the community with time and energy, as well as additional volunteers and funding. Ingram didn’t let his busy schedule stop him. He was more than ready to take on the task. He began by attending park commissions meetings, laying out proposals and giving presentations. He then set out to talk with local businesses, hoping to collect donations. In a little more than a year, Ingram raised more than $6,000. A third of the funds came from small businesses, and the remainder came from the Yakama Nation’s Legends Casino in the form of a grant. Since each of the nine holes (which are made with “tee pads” that are sunk into the ground and stabilized with cement) costs around $600 to furnish, this was more than enough to break ground. The course at Randall Park has been a work in progress. The Parks and Recreation folks have put some manpower toward the July | August 2013

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Alexa Stephanishen plays at Randall Park.

course, too, with some of its employees helping to dig the holes and pour the concrete to set the collars. They also mow the course, and have helped out by sponsoring events, tournaments and promotions. And although it’s not quite complete, it’s been playable for quite some time. “I see people out here all the time that I’ve never seen before,” says Ingram. It helps that local sporting goods store Sporthaus jumped on board — both by sponsoring a hole and becoming a local distributor of the discs and gear. The discs are rather inexpensive, ranging from about $6 to $20, depending on the type of disc and the plastic. Much like ball golf, players use drivers, putters and everything in between. The discs are made with different flight characteristics, but the snap of the wrist and the angle of release will determine where the disc lands. “(You) have to throw it a certain speed and a certain way,” says Ingram. “It does take some getting used to.” Disc golf is played just like ball golf, having the same rules and etiquette, with one exception: how distance is measured. Ball golf is measured in yards, whereas disc golf is measured in feet. But the scoring system remains the same, with eagles, birdies, pars and bogeys. Randall Park is a par 3 course. Jarek Benson, 23, started playing eight months ago. “I come out here just to hang out with friends,” he says. But that doesn’t mean it can’t get competitive. July | August 2013



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DeAngelo Smith, 30, has been playing for seven years. “I basically see who can kick my butt and see whose butt I can kick,” he says. Benson and Smith are just two of a large group of guys and gals who play doubles every Tuesday. Play is informal, but the Yakima Valley Disc Golf group does have tournaments, too.

Ingram’s proud of the progress they’ve made at Randall Park, but he’d ultimately like to see an 18-hole course in Yakima. “It’s good for the community, inexpensive and gets people off couches,” he says.

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Kitchen Captivated:

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ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS IN LIFE is food. I love to cook. I love to eat. I love feeding my family and friends. And living in Yakima, where amazing fresh local produce is abundant nearly year-round, makes preparing food that much more fun. To me nothing says summer like firing up the grill. I’m no grill aficionado — I leave the steaks and burgers to my husband — but one thing I can do on the grill is pizza. And if I can do it, so can you. First you need pizza dough. And homemade dough is easy, delicious and cooks up beautifully on the grill.

Pizza Dough

• 2 / cups bread flour • ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour (can be swapped for bread flour) • 1 ½ teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons dry active yeast (or one packet of yeast) • 1 cup warm water • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1 ½ tablespoons honey 2


Combine flour and salt in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand for a few minutes while the yeast activates. The yeast is ready when it gets frothy and bubbly. Add dry ingredients, oil and honey. Stir the dough until ingredients combine, then knead on lightly floured board until smooth and elastic (about 8-10 minutes). Form the dough into a ball and

place in a greased bowl. Cover the bowl and let rise until doubled in size (about an hour). Divide the dough in half and using a rolling pin, form the dough into two 12-inch circles. This is where the fun starts: toppings. My current favorites are sundried tomatoes, goat cheese and fresh basil. That’s the beauty of pizza — almost anything works.

Roasted Vegetable Pizza

• ½ red pepper, diced • ½ red onion, diced • 6 button mushrooms, chopped • 1/4 cup marinara sauce • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes • 6 oz. fresh mozzarella • 2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese • 2 tablespoons chopped basil Sauté onion, red pepper and mushrooms in 1 tablespoon olive oil until veggies are softened. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set aside. Top pizza with marinara sauce and layer with sundried tomatoes, veggie mixture and cheeses. I hate to admit it, but there was a time not too long ago that I didn’t know how to turn our barbecue on. Once I got over the intimidation (and learned how to light it), I’ve had a lot of fun learning how to cook on an open flame. To cook your pizza, heat your barbecue to 500 degrees. Use a pizza stone or pizza pan. You can use a cookie sheet, but it doesn’t work as well. You can also cook your

pizza directly on the grill. Simply place your rolled-out dough directly on the grill, cook on one side for about 2 to 3 minutes, flip, add your toppings and finish cooking for an additional 5 to 8 minutes. Most pizzas will cook on the grill in about 10 minutes. When your pizza comes off the grill, top with freshly chopped basil. This is key: lots and lots of basil. Every spring, I buy a couple of basil plants at the grocery store and plant them in a pot on my back patio. All summer long, I’ve got lots of basil on hand for pizza, salads, pesto or whatever I’m making. Summer is a great time to experiment with food. Hit the Farmers’ Market, pick up a few veggies and get to chopping. It might be the perfect addition to your next pizza on the grill. And buy a basil plant. Basil is basically the equivalent to salt. It makes everything taste better. For a schedule of local farmers markets, go to our calendar on page 84.

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THIS REGION’S WARM WEATHER AND CENTRAL location gives us access to some of the most beautiful concert venues in the country. And this year’s summer months are jam-packed with events, featuring top-notch performers in scenic surroundings, just a short drive from town. So grab your blanket and your sunglasses and check out this list of our favorite summer spots for live music.



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Sunny Venues: Summer Outdoor Concerts GORGE AMPHITHEATRE

Located above the Columbia River near the rural town of George, this amphitheater is one of the most scenic concert venues in the nation. Concert-goers have breathtaking views, with the Columbia River Gorge as a dramatic backdrop behind some of the world’s favorite performers. The amphitheater seats more than 20,000 people and is popular for its plush, lawn-terraced seating, where folks can relax on warm evenings. Food vendors, as well as a variety of retailers and a sizable beer garden, are spread throughout. The Gorge also provides a campground for the multi-day fan, or those seeking the full-venue experience.

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In its second year, this weekend-long festival takes place in the scenic Naches Valley, featuring more than 30 Northwest performers, including Cody Beebe & The Crooks, who also founded the event. Held at the rustic Jim Sprick Community Park, festivalgoers can choose to pitch a tent, or simply make a day of the entertainment. Local food and drink vendors will be set up, as well as local artisans selling handcrafted goods. And in an effort to keep the event green and sustainable, Chinook Fest has partnered with Liberty Bottleworks, selling exclusive water bottles to be used at water refill stations. 64 | YAKIMA MAGAZINE •

The festival was a huge hit last year, with 650 people attending, and is expected to be even bigger and better this year. So pack up your lawn chair, soak in your surroundings and take in the tunes. Festival dates: Sept. 13 – Sept. 15 • Friday and Saturday are open to those 21 and older • Sunday is open to all ages • Friday: Ben Union, Yogoman Burning Band, Polecat, Aces Up, Not Amy, Daniel Kirkpatrick and the Bayonets • Saturday: Lee Oskar, Cody Beebe & The Crooks, Kris Orlowski, Blake Noble, Robert

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Located on the Hackett Ranch, with picturesque views of the sunlit Ahtanum Valley, The Cave has evolved into a concert venue, hosting special talent — from both near and far. Holly Williams, the singer/songwriter daughter of the renowned Hank Williams Jr., recently graced the stage, as has local talent, like Not Amy. With a barrel room nestled alongside the vineyards, concert-goers can revel in the entertainment, while sipping a tasty glass of Gilbert Cellars wine. And with a 200 capacity lawn-style amphitheater, The Cave makes for a quaint and intimate experience. Events at The Cave: • Thurs., July 25: Music in the Vines: Trails & Ways • Thurs., Aug. 15: Music in the Vines: Hey Marseilles


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In a little over an hour, premium wines, spectacular views and a world-class summer concert series can all be accessed. In 2008, Maryhill Winery built a 4,000seat outdoor amphitheater, overlooking Mount Hood and the scenic Columbia River, which hosts an array of noteworthy talent. The winery is also home to a 3,000-square-foot tasting room, featuring 19 varietals and 27 award-winning wines. Concert-goers can choose between six featured Maryhill wines, which are available for purchase during shows. The outdoor amphitheater has become a Northwest landmark, where patrons can wine taste while taking in the sun-drenched views, all while creating a memorable music experience. Events at Maryhill: Sun., July 14: Counting Crows & The Wallflowers Sat., Aug. 17: Daryl Hall & John Oates Sat., Aug. 24: Willie Nelson & Family Maryhill Winery & Amphitheatre 9774 Highway 14, Goldendale yakima



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A secret garden you can visit


A SECRET GARDEN … even the name sounds intriguing. We remember reading the novel by that same name when we were children, captivated by the adventures of the young characters as they explored the mysterious garden and were forever changed by their experiences there. But we don’t have to pretend anymore, because there is a secret garden — right here in Yakima — where we can visit as often as we like. The Master Gardener Demonstration Garden in Ahtanum Youth Park is sited on land that has long history in the Valley. A farm labor camp from the 1940s until the late 1960s, its fields and orchards provided July | August 2013

work and housing to thousands of families. It had little beauty then. Yakima County Master Gardeners acquired use of an acre on the site in 2005, and has been dedicated to enhancing and improving it each year with a series of projects. Currently visitors will see examples of various garden styles, including cottage, children’s, xeric (water conserving) and naturalistic. Grapes and berries have been planted, and raised beds were built to showcase some of the fruitful results of many of the children’s classes held there. An enthusiastic group of volunteers gathers each Tuesday morning during the growing season to plan, plant and

An allium shows off its purple petals.

pamper. Several generations of kildeer and quail, many cavity-dwelling birds (such as nuthatches, wrens and the not-so-popular starlings), hawks and a magnificent giant horned owl and its young have delighted observers at the garden. Raccoons visit at night and leave their footprints in the soft soil, and a family of skunks has taken up residence under the tool shed. The garden has even earned a place on a Washington state registry as a documented Backyard Habitat. Master Gardener members consider it a privilege to be stewards of this precious piece of land, and are vigilant in practicing gardening methods that are safe • YAKIMA MAGAZINE | 69


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and sustainable. To that end, they have creatively repurposed an array of discarded items, giving them new life as trellises, pathways, benches and garden art that you could duplicate in your own garden. The newest addition is a stunning garden adornment, shaped like a heart and constructed of used wine corks, happily supplied by members. The garden is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year, but right now is peak season for the glorious scents and blooms of roses, monarda, early mums and echinacaea. Shrubs, vines and ornamental grasses flaunt their colors and textured foliages. Visitors can enjoy the shade in the “Woods Walk” on a warm afternoon and then take a rest and enjoy lunch on a bench.

The garden was first conceived to create some beauty in an area that needed it, but it has become so much more: a place to get away and relax in nature, to get ideas for your own garden or the perfect spot for photos. The garden is open to visitors, with free parking. Let’s not keep it a secret any longer! The Yakima County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden is located at 1000 Ahtanum Blvd. Call 509-574-1600 for more information.

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CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Edith Creek at Mount Rainier National Park. • The Henry M. Jackson Memorial visitors center. • Camping near Longmire, circa 1915.

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WHO IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON doesn’t have a special memory of Mount Rainier? A family trip, hiking up a trail, playing in the snow. The visitor center, wildflowers and dining in Paradise Lodge ... the view of the majestic, 14,410-foot-high mountain on a sunny day. It seems that no matter where we call home, Mount Rainier has a way of drawing us in. Each year, between 1.5 and 2 million visitors travel here, according to the National Park Service. On a recent visit, there was a wide

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variety of cultures, languages and dress, as people from throughout the world wandered about, experiencing this natural wonder. HISTORY The highest mountain in the Cascade Range, it is estimated that Mount Rainier was formed some 500,000 years ago. It was first known by Native Americans as “Talol,” or “Mother of Waters.” An active volcano, still classified as “dangerous,” the mountain has not erupted since the 1800s. It

drew attention in 2009 and 2011 with “seismic swarms” — or surges of earthquakes. Mount Rainier has 25 glaciers, and on an especially clear day, can be seen from “about half the state,” say park officials. For many years, Rainier was a hub for logging and railroad business. Mount Rainier National Park was established in 1889, and has continued to draw mountaineers, skiers and other visitors in record numbers. • YAKIMA MAGAZINE | 73

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ACCOMMODATIONS The Grande Dame of Mount Rainier accommodations is Paradise Inn. Opened in 1917, its name came from a comment by a member of the pioneering Longmire family, who saw the surrounding meadows and remarked, “Oh, what a paradise!” The inn is a popular part of this national park, which was named a historic landmark in 1997. When a $22 million renovation was in progress at Paradise Inn from 2006-07, longtime visitors were a little nervous,

recalled Jim Hinote, an interpretative ranger at the park for 15 years. “Many people were concerned about what they were going to do to their building,” he said. As the doors reopened for business in 2008, however, numerous visitors commented that they didn’t really see a difference. “We passed the test,” Hinote says with a chuckle. And indeed, the trademark cedar lodge with its huge stone fireplaces and groupings July | August 2013


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and bath). And remember the board games and tables on the main floor and mezzanine? They’re still there and just as popular, it seems. There’s also a gift shop. The National Park Inn in Longmire is open year-round and offers a rustic lounge with large stone fireplace, general store and 25 guest rooms. Prices range from $116 for a room without bath to $244 for a two-room unit with bath.

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Nearby communities also offer motels. Drive-in campgrounds are located at Cougar Rock, Ohanapecosh and White River, opening each year between late May and late June and remaining open until late September. Fees range from $12-15 on up to $40-64 for groups. 877-444-6777 FOOD SERVICE There are several choices for meals in Mount Rainier National Park — whether you’d like fine dining with white tablecloths, July | August 2013

In the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center, you’ll find a simple restaurant with less expensive fare such as pizza, sandwiches and hot dogs. The National Park Inn at Longmire has a restaurant offering everything from a Buffalo Quesadilla to Sauteed Brook Trout, and they offer a child’s menu. There’s also a snack bar at the Sunrise Day Lodge, located at the highest point in the park accessible by car, that sells hamburgers, deli sandwiches and soup.

or a “grab and go” sandwich or snack. The dining room of Paradise Inn offers the most upscale fare available in the park. Luncheon choices, for example, start at about $11 and range from a Yakima Spinach Salad to Alaskan Halibut & Chips. Dinner choices include Bourbon Buffalo Meatloaf ($21) and Pacific Salmon ($27). Desserts include flourless chocolate torte and blackberry pie. They also offer a Sunday brunch. The wait staff provides excellent service, although the food itself, during a recent lunch, seemed plain. The inn also has the more informal Tatoosh Café, selling sandwiches and salads. July | August 2013

VISITOR CENTERS The Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center, a short walking distance from Paradise Inn, was completely rebuilt and opened in 2008. In place of the previous “flying saucer” design is a facility with two floors of offerings, including an information desk staffed by park rangers, a small theater for viewing a movie about the park and a variety of nature-oriented exhibits including interactive displays. The Sunrise Day Visitor Center also has rangers available to answer questions and lead short hikes, plus displays on everything from glaciers to lava and wildflowers. Then there’s the Longmire Museum, near to the National Inn, which is a local history museum offering programs by park rangers and information on hiking trails. But you’ll need to wait a while before visiting the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center; it’s closed for the year due to the federal sequestration budget cuts that went into effect in March of this year. THE GREAT OUTDOORS Wildflowers and hiking are two of the biggest draws for tourists coming to Rainier, says Melinda Simpson, operations manager for guest services. “People will book a year in advance to come when the wildflowers bloom,” she noted. This popular time to visit usually begins in August. “Sub-alpine” varieties

such as avalanche lilies, lupine and Indian paintbrush put on quite a show. Visitors of all ages can enjoy a variety of trails in Mount Rainier National Park. Choices range from the popular ¼-mile Glacier Vista trail overlooking the Nisqually glacier and a sedate, one-mile trail that is accessible to handicapped individuals and even strollers. Also available is an ambitious, 93-mile Wonderland trail, which takes at least a couple of days. In addition, some 9,000 to 12,000 climbing permits are issued each year for those who want to climb to the summit. Some equipment such as cross-country skis and snowshoes is available for rent at sites in the park. HOW TO GET THERE Mount Rainier is an easy day trip from Yakima. A park-issued mileage guide lists Paradise Inn as 87 miles from Yakima, while Longmire is 94 miles and Sunrise 105 miles. Take Highway 12 west to SR 123. Follow SR 123 north to the Stevens Canyon entrance of the park. For further details on directions and other park services, call 360-569-2211 or visit or


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Name & Age: Sean Hawkins, 38 Personal: No kids, spouse or animals, but a real fine girlfriend, Jessica Moskwa, who is the manager of Gilbert Cellars. Occupation: Economic Development Manager, City of Yakima Where did you grow up, go to school, etc.? I grew up in Louisville, Ky. I have a younger brother and older sister. My parents have been married for 42 years. I attended the University of Kentucky from 1995-1998 (the men’s basketball team won the national championship twice while I was there). I then attended graduate school at the University of Montana in 2000-2001. I’ve lived a very lucky and fortunate life to date. Tell us about your professional past … what route brought you to your current job? I was living in downtown Missoula in the summer of 2000 and enjoying the good life of hiking everyday between classes for my MBA. However, predatory panhandling was overwhelming the downtown district, and I was bothered that the panhandlers were taking away from the local homeless who truly needed help. I visited the Missoula Downtown Association office to offer suggestions, and before I knew it, I had a job. The first assignment was to create an education program designed to ask the public to give to agencies that help the homeless, rather than the panhandling community who were often asking for beer money. The community responded and helped raise a significant amount of money for homeless agencies. Bottom line — I enjoyed making a difference in a community. I’ve worked in Southern Indiana in tourism for five years, worked two years in downtown Yakima for the Committee for Downtown Yakima and did three and half years working for Block by Block in downtowns such as Washington, D.C., Boston, San Antonio, Santa Monica, Berkeley, Westwood and more. 86 | YAKIMA MAGAZINE •

We’ve talked before about Yakima’s sometimes-negative self-image. What are your thoughts on how to turn that around? I love it here. It’s a pretty simple equation to me: If you don’t like it, move and try the offerings of another community or get involved in helping produce change. Sitting on the sidelines doesn’t make it happen. We truly have an excellent quality of life here — the outdoors, low cost of living, scenic beauty, wonderful people, ease of access.

are amazing as well as the views of Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams and Mount Rainier. I plan on climbing Mount Stuart, Fifes Peak, Mount Daniel and Gilbert Peak this summer. Closer to home, I love climbs up Clemens Mountain near Naches and Ahtanum Creek in the Yakima River Canyon. These are two places that are very special to my heart and present amazing beauty year round.

You’re on the proverbial desert island … Can you “paint us a picture” of what you what five items do you take with you? envision for Yakima in, say, 10 years? We 1) Record player must focus on the quality of life and the 2) Large cooler full of Bale Breaker beer overall livability of the community. While 3) Laptop full of my collection of photos we are fortunate to live in a strong agricul4) Beach towel ture area, we also must focus on creating 5) Detroit Tigers baseball hat the environment where talented minds want to live, raise families, start businesses What’s one thing about you that might and participate in the community. surprise your friends? Probably not much, I’m pretty much a what you see is what you We hear you’re an avid hiker and outdoor get type person. I love music, good food, photographer. What are your favorite my friends and repeat. hikes and the most picturesque spots in the Yakima area? First and foremost Why is Yakima home to you? Of course the is the William O. Douglas Wilderness Valley is complimented by natural beauty, area. I’m still amazed at how few, if any, great foods, great wines and beers, but people you will find on these trails in the more than anything, it’s the people. The heart of summer while Mount Rainier people in Yakima are very authentic, easy National Park and the Alpine Lakes area going and tell it like it is. are oftentimes crowded. There are great lakes for swimming, and you’ll have the If you could boil your life philosophy down wildflowers and views all to yourself. to one or two sentences, what would it be? Mount Aix and Shellrock Peak are great Live for today, plan for the future. climbs. The wildflowers along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Goat Rocks Wilderness July | August 2013

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