Sep 072011

Hanford Jamboree Cross country season has started and once again Kamiakin’s first meet was the Hanford Jamboree. The 2 mile course is run at Leslie Groves park in Richland just south of Snyder Street. Five Tri-City high schools participated, Hanford, Richland, Kamiakin, Kennewick, and Southridge.

Kamiakin dominated the meet. In the Men’s 2 mile race, Kamiakin took 1st through 5th and 12 of the first 14 were from Kamiakin. In the Women’s race, Kamiakin took 1st, 2nd, 5th, 8th, and 12th. The men had 10 runners do the 2 mile course in under 11 minutes and another 10 come in under 12. Anthony Armstrong broke the meet record by running it under 10 minutes, at 9:36. The women had 5 runners under 14 minutes with Stephanie Rexus completing it in 12:01. The truly amazing statistic is that Kamiakin had more than 30 guys and 15 gals run the course.

I have placed my photos a total of 4 places.

Snapped4U is a new place for me to put pictures. The other 3 locations have lower resolution photos that look good on a computer screen but would not make decent 4×5 prints. Snapped4U has high resolution versions of the pictures that can be purchased for $4 each. The downloaded file can then be printed on your home printer or uploaded to your favorite print shop like Costco, Walmart, Walgreens, etc. More in a future post on my reasons for going with Snapped4U.

Jun 292011

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

Here are the photos I took over the 3 days.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feb 162011

Hamilton Cellars - Grand Opening As expected, there was a large turnout for the Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for Hamilton Cellars in South Richland’s Queensgate Village off Keene Road. The tasting room is gorgeous! The Hamiltons have done themselves proud in making this a destination spot. The large bar in the front is exquisite and curves through the tasting room, leading to a door to Milton’s Lair, with a keypad lock that only wine club members can open. The lair is a large cozy space that has some comfy chairs, a fireplace, and it’s own bar where wine club members can relax and imbibe.

If you have been following their story in the Tri-City Herald, you know the Hamiltons have had quite an experience getting this tasting room open. Richland now has its first tasting room (other winery/tasting rooms with Richland addresses are actually in the county and not in the city) and I hope to return soon with friends and family.

Hamilton Cellars - Grand Opening I tried as many of their wines as I dared, starting with the 2009 Rose’ of Malbec then the 2007 Merlot, the 2007 Malbec, the 2008 Bona Vita blend, and finally the 2008 White (a Semillon and Viognier blend). All the wines were wonderful but surprisingly my favorite was the Rose’ of Malbec.

More Photos of the Hamilton Cellars Grand Opening on Flickr.

Hamilton Cellars - Grand Opening

Hamilton Cellars
1950 Keene Rd # I
Richland, WA 99352
Facebook: Hamilton Cellars

Jan 142011


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Aug 172010
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I left the office as the sun was going down and immediately wished I had left earlier. The clouds were quite distinct and the sun was casting a beautiful orange glow over the whole western sky. I drove as quickly as I could dared down to the river where I hoped to get an unobstructed view of the setting sun over the river and Rattlesnake Mountain.

Even though I made record time down Columbia Center Blvd, the sun had definitely gone down a little further by the time I got down to the river. I hopped out of the car and took some photos from the parking area which gave a great view but then walked down to the causeway to get some water level shots as well.

I forgot I would be battling not just the setting sun but also mosquitoes! As soon as I got down to the causeway, the mosquitoes realized dinner had arrived. I also would make sure to put some bug spray in my camera pack!

All in all I am happy with the results. At least 2 of these will get enlarged to 8×12 and one of those might even get some more fancy treatment. Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.