Saltwater Fly Fishing in Washington State

When most people think of saltwater fly fishing their minds drift to tropical climates and fish species such as tarpon and bonefish. While the Pacific Northwest lacks the hot weather and the typical saltwater gamefish, it more than makes up for it with outstanding fly fishing and spectacular scenery.

I have spent some time fishing in warmer climates, but I always want to return back to Washington State. Whether it’s casting along the beaches of Hood Canal for sea-run cutthroat or fighting the swells and currents casting flies for coho salmon in the Pacific Ocean, I cannot get enough of the saltwater fly fishing opportunities available right here.

Much of my summer is spent fly fishing the Pacific Ocean for salmon and bottomfish. Bottomfishing is targeting fish such as rockfish and lingcod. This is fishing right up near the rugged rocks and shorelines that line the Northern coast of Washington. The fishing is often fast and furious. Once you find the schools of black rockfish, you will catch them one after another. They are aggressive, and can even be caught on poppers occasionally. While fishing along the coast, you will see sea lions, seals, tons of birds, and possibly a whale.

The other primary saltwater fly fishing target in the Pacific Ocean is the coho salmon. Neah Bay is located in a perfect place to intercept millions of salmon as they return to rivers from Oregon, British Columbia, and Washington. The strong currents concentrate the fish as they feed on baitfish and shrimp. This is incredible saltwater fly fishing, with 10-30 fish days possible. Most coho salmon run between 4-6 pounds, but fish in the high teens are landed every year. Casting baitfish patterns on sinking lines is the primary way to catch salmon, but fishing on the surface is becoming more popular. Pink salmon are also available every other year, and they only add to the fun.

The offshore fishery requires a sturdy boat and some experience, but Washington State also offers great saltwater fly fishing right around the Seattle metro area. Stretching from Bellingham to Olympia, Puget Sound is a large protected body of water. Draining into Puget Sound are numerous rivers and creeks. These watersheds produce annual runs of coho, pink, and chum salmon that are available to not only anglers with boats, but can be caught from shore. Along with the salmon, Puget Sound and Hood Canal offer outstanding habitat for the sea-run cutthroat trout. This native trout moves into the saltwater to feed. Casting flies along the beaches is a popular fishery for these trout.

The cutthroats are like ghosts as they cruise along the beaches. The beaches I like to fish typically are rocky or have large amounts of oysters. This habitat supports the feed, such as sculpins, baitfish and shrimp that cutthroat love to eat. Fishing surface patterns such as Gurglers is becoming much more popular, and is a great way to search for fish. The cutthroat will often show themselves boiling at the dry, and then switching to a subsurface baitfish pattern will result in a solid hookup.

If you are traveling through the Pacific Northwest, you might want to remember that where there is saltwater, there is saltwater fly fishing.

Mule Deer Near Lake Chelan, Washington

Each year in the lower elevations of Chelan County, Washington thousands of mule deer settles in for the winter seeking better opportunities for food and warmer temperatures. So, knowing that the wildlife habitat at the Preserve is ideal winter range, I packed up my camera last March and took a hike in the hills above Entiat, Washington to see if I could get a few shots off – photographs, that is. As it happened, good photos were not too hard to find – there were mule deer almost everywhere I looked. In fact, from one particular vantage point I was able to count over 100 deer! I'm quite certain there were yet another hundred or more hiding within the various gullies and draws just out of my line of sight.

Personally, I find mule deer to be incredibly cute, what with their large ears that move independently – like the "rabbit ears" of your grandmother's television set – permanently resetting to pick up the best reception. They're similar in appearance to the ears of a mule, which is from where, of course, they get their name.

Mule deer usually hear you coming long before you've spotted them, which was pretty much the case for me. Theyave me the "eye" for a bit, to see if I was a threat, then went back to grazing, albeit just a bit farther away. But try to get a little closer and they'll quickly move on over the next ridge with the largest buck taking one last look over his shoulder to make sure you're not following.

Characteristic, yet highly unusual gait, moving in a series of stiff-legged jumps and hops
with all four feet sitting the ground together.

As I rounded one corner, though, I started a group of about a dozen. They took off in their characteristic, yet highly unusual gait, moving in a series of stiff-legged jumps and hops with all four feet hitting the ground together, their small white bumps and black-tipped, white drooping tails receding quickly over the next hill . Amazingly, mule deer can reach distances of over 8 yards with each "hop" using this protocol, bounding leap and for a short while, they can reach speeds of up to 45 mph. These are definitely not the leisurely, graceful leaps of their close cousin, the white tail deer.

Late winter is actually a great time for mule deer watching. While in the summer they tend to "stay low" during the hot daylight hours, during the winter they come down from the higher elevations to escape the colder temperatures and deeper snow, where there is a better chance of finding food in their traditional "winter range "areas. During this time they seem to have a preference for the open hillsides and rocky slopes where they graze, which makes them easier to spot (although they do tend to blend in to the hillside rather well as you can see – or can you? – in the video). As the winter snow melts, they started to move back to higher ground, so most of the photos in the video were taken above the 2000 'level.

I hope you enjoy these photos … the mule deer video's about 2 minutes long, and do not forget to turn your speakers on, there's a nice soundtrack, to boot.

Weekend Getaway in Washington – Major Attractions

Washington, DC which is formally the District of Columbia is the capital of the United States formed on July 16, 1790. According to the Article One of the United States Constitution, the federal district will have a distinct character apart from the rest of the states. It would also serve as the Federal Capital.

It was originally a separate municipality within the federal territory which was later converted in to a single unified municipal government for the whole district. The city shares its name with the state of the same name located on the country’s Pacific Coast.

Even though Washington DC is governed by a mayor and a 13-member city council, yet the United States Congress has the supreme decision making authority and may influence the local laws. This has resulted in the deprivation of voting rights of its residents and has a lesser self-governance as compared to the other states.

The city has several monuments and historical structures which commemorate important phases of American history. The architecture of the city varies greatly and reflects different styles belonging to different eras.

Some of the important and significant structures could be described in the following manner:

Air Force Memorial: This is one of the most significant buildings in the city which give a glimpse of the life of the people with the Air Force. The memorial is simply designed and is visible from the Interstate 395 heading north into Washington DC. The highlight of the Memorial is the trio of curving, obelisk-like, stainless spires of stainless steel which rise up to 270 feet in the air. They symbolize the danger, bravery and courage of the fighter pilots who have been, who are and who will serve the force.

The three spires angle out at the top in three different directions as if three planes in formation were separating from each other in search of different targets. The three spires also signify the three core values of the Air Force; Integrity, Service before Self and Excellence in all that is Undertaken.

FDR Memorial: This memorial is dedicated to both a President and also an era. This monument pays tribute to Franklin Delano Roosevelt who completed four successful terms as a President. All his accomplishments are honored through a variety of sculptures and words etched in four outdoor granite galleries. The exhibits span over a period from 1933-45.

The Memorial was opened in 1997 and is spread on an area of 7.5 acres which feature a park like look with its numerous of pools and waterfalls. The Memorial also has a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt and is the only presidential memorial which has included a tribute to the First Lady too.

Holocaust Memorial Museum: The US Holocaust Museum opened in 1993 and is the country’s leading centre for the study and documentation of the Holocaust. It depicts the genocide and persecution of innumerable Jews, Gypsies, Poles, and other political dissidents by the Nazis in Germany during 1930s and 40s.

It is a three-floor permanent exhibition which tells the tales and history of the Holocaust through artifacts, films, photographs and eyewitness testimonies. It can be a very somber and harrowing learning experience and that is why visitors above the age of 11 years are allowed.

A Hall of Remembrance on the second floor holds an eternal flame and also serves as a national memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

Thus, the Federal Capital of the United States is a virtual haven for people studying historical monuments and various architectural styles.

State Labor Laws in Washington

Before moving further into the article I would like to discuss about Washington. Well, Washington is a magnificent state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is not only a beautiful place to visit but also an excellent place to live and work. The labor and employment law in this state makes working better for everyone. These laws are intended to improve the working conditions of laboratories.

In this article I would like to state some of the state labor laws which are applicable in Washington.
Let us start with it.

1. Minimum wage rate
You will be happy to note that Washington has the highest minimum wage in the United States and has a long history of making progressive changes to its minimum wage laws. Under the fair labor standards act, an employee in this state must receive the federal minimum wage of $ 8.55 per hour. Well, this law applies to both agricultural and non agricultural sector. Minor labors who are 14 or 15 years old must be paid 85% of the minimum wage, or $ 7.27 an hour.

2. Labor Law posters
It is compulsory in this state to post labor law posters in the working place. Each organization must publish accurate and updated federal and state labor law posters. It must include information related to health and safety protection, minimum wage, minimum wage, unemployment insurance and worker right notices.

3. References
In this state a previous owner is free to provide any non-confidential information about a previous worker, so long as it is true. An owner who gives wrong information that disparages the worker may be liable for defamation.

4. Discrimination in employment
Owner in this state can not distinguish the candidates on the basis of caste, creed, nationality, age and religion. If any employer is found to differentiate on this basis then another action is taken against him or her.

5. Medical and family leave
Under federal law, eligible employees are allowed to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid medical leave.

6. Unemployment benefits
Washington has excellent unemployment insurance program which supports workers during times of unemployment. This law is basically intended to provide monetary compensation to workers who have been terminated without cause. It also provides temporary income while the employee seeks new employment.

Well, these are some of the laws which you will have to follow if you are an employee or an employer in this state. Make sure you strictly follow them.

Indians Capture 7 Viking Women in AD 1010 Battle in Washington

Norse Mysteries Washington
Fight Between Vikings and Indians 1010 AD

"Found Viking Grave Near City!" headlined the July 5, 1926 issue of the Spokane Daily Chronicle. It showed a Whale shaped boulder 50 feet long and 15 feet high.

On it was a Norse Runic Inscription. Professor Opsjohn translated it and dated it 1010 AD. It told of a fight between a band of Vikings (24 men and 7 women) and Indians. Half of the men and one women were killed and buried at the smaller end of the boulder.

The other Vikings who escaped the battle carved the runes before swimming the Columbia River to get out of the territory.

There are also carved pictures of the Norse Goddess Freya with gold horns on her helm. The same as those found in Gotland Denmark and are now in the Northern Royal Museum of Denmark.

Margarette Amundson Reynolds, a runic scholar, said the Viking Grave was the most remarkable discovery ever uncovered on the North American continent. She said the inscription was filled with a thrilling description of action.

The Record tells how the men put the seven women and baby on top of the boulder. The men then stand about the base fighting the Indians. They were very outnumbered.

Twelve of the Norsemen were killed. The Indians captured the women and left. The survivors dug a grave near the rock and buried the dead.

Pictures rocks with runes are scattered across the American continent. They prove beyond doubt, that the Norse established colonies 500 years before Columbus.

Philip Howell, sage of the Clallam tribe states that his grandmother told him of big blond men who came many generations ago. They wandered inland and that the rock near Spokane was regarded by the Indians as the burial place of the Invaders who were killed in their battle with the Indians.

Howell said that blonds among the Clallams were proof of the six Norse women were captured by the Indians, and integrated into the tribe.

Five Interesting Little Known Facts About Wenatchee, Washington

Wenatchee, Washington is a fun city to visit with a great many things to do. Some of the fun things to do there can be found inside the city limits, while others are located in the surrounding area. Here is a look at five little known facts about the city of Wenatchee.

#1 The Rock Island Dam was completed in 1936 just south of Wenatchee. Fourteen dams cross the Columbia River at various spots between British Columbia and where it empties into the Pacific Ocean. Of all those important hydroelectric structures, the Rock Island Dam was the first to ever do so.

#2 Bud Sagendorf, the writer and artist responsible for creating the Popeye comic strip from 1945 on, was born in Wenatchee in 1915.

#3 Located just south of Wenatchee is the very popular Mission Ridge Ski Area. On the upper slopes of the mountain there is still wreckage visible from a 1944 crash of a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber. A wing of the bomber was removed from the hillside and now sits in the lodge down below.

#4 Wenatchee Valley College began in 1939 as a private college that operated in the third floor of the first Wenatchee High School building. It was relocated to its current location two years later and it was then that it joined Washington State’s public education system.

#5 Though Wenatchee has a population in the 30,000 range, the local Apple Blossom Festival that is organized each and every year, seriously increases the population by attracting approximately 100,000 people to town for the two week long celebration.

Washington State Self Guided Wine Tours – Introduction And Vintner’s Village

With the Second largest wine industry in the US a wine industry that has increased over a billion dollars in a decade to three billion dollars, Washington’s Wine Industry is based on high quality hand crafted wines. And while its true that many locations around the world and the US try to brand their wines this way. Washington is uniquely able to do this because it has a long history of growing world class fruit including the famous Washington’s Apples. This is both because Washington is perfect for growing fruit with lots of sun in the summer as well as glacier and volcanic sentiment from a rich geological past Washington is the perfect environment for growing wine grapes. Further the families who are now running Washington’s Grape industry can still remember the roots of their farming pioneer spirit, for although they have a rich history of farming they can still recall the names of those who started it.

It is this combination of love of the land and perfect growing environment that makes Washington’s wine such a rich and wonderful experience. Despite its size Washington’s Wine Industry is still small compared to places like Napa Valley, making it much easier to explore on your own especially in the heart of Washington’s Wine Country. Places like Prosser’s Vintners Village for example include a dozen wineries all within a few blocks of each other, and another twenty within a 4 miles. With wonderful wine a self guided tour of the different aspects of Prosser’s Wineries is a rewarding experience.

There are a number of wineries one should be certain they visit on their self guided tour of the heart of Washington’s wine country, starting with the world famous Hogue Cellars, one of Washington States top wineries with a large friendly tasting room it is also close to a dozen or so other wineries at the Port of Benton. Desert Winds Winery is another nice winery, one you well see as you drive towards Hogue Cellars it also includes a small suite of rooms in which those visiting the area can stay, all done in the Southwest Style as a means of featuring the beauty of the surrounding desert. Thurston Wolfe was the 2007 Washington Winery of the year and is located in the Heart of the Vintners Village, making it the heart of the heart of Washington’s Wine Country, and its wine lives up to this, just as Prosser’s Wines live up to the name of the heart of Washington’s Wine Country making this the perfect place to begin your Washington State Self Guided Wine Tours.

Designating Who Watches Your Child During Your Ex's Residential Time: Washington State Law

Jane Smith is a fictional Washington divorcee who hypothetical problem will sound familiar to many divorced parents. Jane absolutely does not approve of someone her ex-husband, John Smith, has caring for their child during John's residential time. John sometimes drops off the child with Cousin Schmo, a bad person. Cousin Schmo smokers, parties, and recently committed two DUIs. Jane wants to know whether she can veto Cousin Schmo as a caregiver.

This article answers Jane's question from the perspective of a Washington divorce lawyer. The article does so by describing 1) the general rule under Washington law, 2) common parenting plan provisions altering Washington's general rule, 3) the legal process necessary to adopt a caregiver-related parenting plan provision in Washington, and 4) more extreme remedies for dire situations.

1. General Rule . Unfortunately for Jane, Washington case law generally gives each parent the right to determine who fulfills caretaking functions during his or her residential time with the child. Division I of Washington's Court of Appeals related this rule in Magnusson v. Johannesson , 108 Wash.App. 109 (2001) by writing as follows: "[o] radinarily, a parent may design other caretakers even though the parenting plan makes no special finding or conclusion on the topic."

2. Common Provisions Altering the General Rule . Several types of provisions alter this general rule when written into the parenting plan. The most common in Washington are a) the "right of first refusal" and b) specific caretaker exclusions.

A. Right of First Refusal . The "right of first refusal" is a relatively simple concept. Before either parent can use a caretaker, the parent must offer the other parent the chance to care for the child during that same time. Judges usually add a first refusal provision into a parenting plan if anyone requests for it when the plan is being formulated. A divorcing parent concerned about a Jane-like scenario should seriously consider requesting a right of first refusal.

B. Specific Caretaker Exclusions . Jane's parenting plan may also restrict John's choice by specifically naming and prohibiting a potential caretaker suspected of being dangerous. Excluding a potential caretaker is less common than a right of fist refusal, and courts tend not to grant this type of exclusionary provision absent evidence of the alleged danger the potential caretaker might pose.

3. Adding One of These Provisions . If Jane's parenting plan does not contain one of the above provisions, she can request that the court add one pending to RCW 26.09.260. Adding one of these provisions entails a "minor modification" of the parenting plan. A minor modification of this sort would require Jane to prove a significant, relevant change in circumstances that occurred after the parenting plan was written. The significant change in Jane's case might be Cousin Schmo's two recent DUIs.

4. More Extreme Remedies . Finally, Jane has more extreme options if the situation becomes provably dire. Jane could make a child abuse report to Washington's Department of Social and Health Services, Child Protective Services Division by calling 1-866-363-4276. Or Jane could request a domestic violence protective order or restraining order. These texts of extreme recursion typically remain limited to situations where the caretaker seriously jeopardizes or harms the child's wellbeing.

Although the general rule in Washington does not favor Jane, she has numerous options for addressing her concerns, depending on their severity and provability.

The Mount Washington Valley Inns on the Inn-to-Inn Cookie Tour

1785 Inn & Restaurant- Wine Spectator Restaurant said that the 1785 Inn & Restaurant has one of the finest wine lists in the world. I saw a quaint lounge with an incredibly unusual upside-down Christmas tree with “nip” bottles as ornaments and bunches of lighted grapes providing plenty of cheer. Hosts, Becky and Charlie Mallar, welcomed us into their spectacular Inn with lovely furnishings and attention to detail only slightly less spectacular than the views. They offer a lovely dining room with a menu that made me wish I wasn’t so full of cookies from the Inn-to-Inn Cookie Tour! Sitting on 6 acres of beautiful real estate, the Inn offers proximity to XC ski trails, lovely gardens, a swimming pool and did I mention the views? A large private room with a view runs from $119 midweek to $199 holiday nights.

Admiral Peary House-Although the Admiral Peary House is in Fryeburg, Maine, it is a member of the Mt. Washington Valley B&B and is therefore listed here. This Inn is the former home of Admiral Robert E. Peary, the arctic explorer. As you enter the informal sitting room (with fireplace and pool table) from the 3-season porch, which serves as the entrance to the Inn, you immediately feel the charm of this Inn. The hosts of the Inn, who speak with obvious Australian accents, Hilary Jones and Derrek Schlottman, welcome you inside their sunny kitchen, where they seem most at home. The Inn is warm and sunny, but I only saw pictures of the rooms, as they were not available for personal viewing. Rates range from $95 to $185.

Bartlett Inn-located in Bartlett, this Inn is a work in progress; the sitting room floors are among the most perfectly refinished floors I have ever seen, yet most of the others need to be redone. A guest can hike, bike, snow shoe or XC ski from the back door of this interesting Inn. We viewed three of the rooms which all had interesting nooks, crannies and niches. Their prices are very reasonable, but the rooms are a bit small (but include a fireplace).

Covered Bridge House-if you’re looking for fancy, this isn’t the place for you; if you’re looking for cozy and homey, it is. This Inn, originally built in 1850 offers small but cozy rooms and very friendly hosts who want to please their guests. They offer reasonable rates, an outdoor hot tub but only 6 rooms.

Darby Field Restaurant & Inn- The Darby Field Inn offers outstanding accommodations as well as a full service bar and restaurant. Just driving here for dinner is well worth the trip. This Inn is lovely and as romantic as an Inn can be. How about a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh ride under the moon? I wish I had dressed warmer (I was there for dinner) so I could have taken the offered ride. There is a seasonal heated in-ground pool, hiking trails and spa services available. Room rates range from $140-$279.

Eastman Inn offers a lovely and welcoming entryway and a beautiful sitting room that just beckons the guests to just sit a spell. Although only the “overflow” room was available for viewing, it was a nicer rooms than other Inns I have stayed in, only slightly smaller. Lovely forest view. eastmaninn.com

Inn at Ellis River brings a new meaning to the word WOW. The atrium with hot tub made me want to move right in, especially after I saw the gameroom and pub. The entire Inn is bright and sunny and offers a huge breakfast room, seasonal swimming pool, lovely gazebo with the Ellis River in the background,and beautiful guest rooms. Frank and Lyn Baker were wonderful and gracious hosts who seemed very proud of what they have created here, and rightly so.

Glen Oaks Inn is a lovely down-to-earth Inn with down-to-earth hosts, Mitchell and Linda. Linda is the baker, Mitchell is the chef, but both are wonderful and gracious hosts, even though Linda wouldn’t share her cinnamon bun recipe. The 8-room Inn also offers 3 cottages with queen beds, private baths and some rooms with gas fireplaces. The Inn sits on 24 night snacks and unbelievable Cinnamon Buns. Just so you’re prepared, Linda insists that you sing a song on your way out the door, at least at Christmastime!

Inn at Crystal Lake-While I would describe one of the sitting areas and the Palmer Pub “funky”, they are two of the great features of this beautiful Inn. There is a unique sense of old and new here, yet it all blends together to form a wonderful Inn. Located in Eaton, this Inn is close to all the activities you could hope to cram into a vacation: skiing, biking, swimming, ice fishing, sleigh rides and it is close to the tax-free shopping mecca of Conway.

Inn at Jackson-Hosts Don and Joyce Bilger have made this Inn so welcoming and lovely! The guest room I toured was done in blue and had a gas fireplace, that was lit on that cold day, and a huge bathroom. The Inn offers free WIFI, an outdoor hot tub, in-room TV’s with DVD players (DVD library available) and you could literally cross country ski from the back door. Rates range from $109-$249.

Lakeview B&B and Cottages- This lovely Inn overlooks beautiful Silver Lake and offers a peaceful retreat in the Victorian Inn. There is a beach nearby and canoes and kayaks in the summer, and in the winter the Lake offers skating. The Inn is directly on the NH Snowmobile Corridor, making it a logical choice for a winter overnight stay.

The Notchland Inn was the first stop on our Inn-to-Inn tour. Hosts Ed Butler and Les Schoof were gracious and welcoming, as were their Burmese Mountain Dogs who greeted us. The Inn was charming, but in a LARGE way; charming usually brings to mind small cozy places, but the Notchland Inn was large and cozy. The dining area was so welcoming, as were the many sitting rooms and porches. All 12 guest rooms have wood burning fireplaces. Rates range from $195-$365. You may opt to include dinner at the restaurant in the nightly fee. There are minimum stays during some parts of the year; check online at Notchland.com.

The Old Red Inn and Cottages-This pet friendly Inn offers 7 rooms with private baths in the main Inn and 10 cottages. There is a seasonal swimming pool, in-room TV/DVD and refrigerators.

Riverbend Inn-Located in Chocorua, this Inn offers spectacular solitude with the sound of the river forever as background noise. I happened to see one of the upstairs bathrooms that must have the best view from the “throne” as any bathroom in the world. Yankee magazine says the Riverbend Inn is “a Hollywood-perfect inn, elegantly mixing art and antiques without sacrificing comfort”, which is an understatment in my view. There is a lovely deck and outdoor sitting areas to enjoy the peacefull environment here, as well as hiking trails to enjoy. Hosts Craig Cox and Jerry Weiss welcome quests into their beautiful Inn year ’round.

Wildflowers Inn B&B is a spectacular B&B offering spectacular views of the Presidential Range and Mt. Washington. The common area offers a bright room with Asian accents, a pool table, a large (huge) screen TV and all the reading material a person could possibly long for. The rooms are beautiful, offering free WIFI and private baths; suites with jacuzzis are available as are the lovely gazebo and gardens. The goal of hosts Bob & Emily Koch, is to make each guest feel like their Inn is a home away from home for them. I was just there for the cookies, but I didn’t want to leave!

Goldendale Washington – Revisited

The big sign along Highway 97 just south of this little town in Washington State proudly proclaims: Welcome to Goldendale, The Golden Gate to the Evergreen State. This is quite a motto to live up to, and this has been the motto for the community for as long as I can remember, and I go back a while.

I was born in Goldendale in 1953. I went to the primary school when it was still a school, now it's a church. I remember when Highway 97 used to run through the heart of town. As a teenager we used to sit on the front porch of the old Hall Hotel and watch the traffic go by. This is now a vacant lot and the highway passes on the outskirts of town.

There used to be a pool hall, The Club, for the teenagers to hang out in and learn the game in a decent environment. Jim, the proprietor, did not tolerate any misbehavior and we knew it. We used to respect Jim because he told you like it was. Kids my age needed to hear that.

What ever happened to the Star Theater? Many afternoon and evening were spent there watching old Vincent Price movies. In fact I saw my first movie there. The Tingler! I can still remember how scared I was. This was the place where you could hold hands with the girl you liked. Put your arm around her and learn about dating and experience your first true love. Just like in the movies.

Hours were spent Trout fishing in the Little Klicitat River, Bloodgood Creek and at Bowman Creek. A day trip to the Columbia River 20 miles to the south for a picnic, fishing or swimming. Maybe go a little further west to Horsethief Lake to spend the day.

Days were while away lying in the sun at the swimming pool. Long gone from it's original location but at least it was relocated to another part of town and not simply forgotten .. Growing up here without a pool to swim in is incomprehensible. At least the way I remember it.

The winters spent ice skating on the frozen over Little Klickitat River. sledding down Fairgrounds Hill, hickey-bobbing behind the slow moving cars on the snow packed streets.

No there was never a lack of entertainment while growing up in Goldendale.

I remember Radke Motors, the Dodge dealer in town when I was growing up. Sitting in that 68 Dart GTS on the show room floor was an incredible experience for a car crazy young man. A friend of mines father bought that actual car and I ever got to drive it! There was also a Chevrolet dealer there. If I remember right it was called Sunset Chevrolet. I may be wrong on that one. They did not like the kids drooling over the new cars in the showroom so we did not go in there much. There was never any Jeep dealers or any Ford dealers that I can remember. Now you can not buy a new car in Goldendale .

The adults were not left out either. There was the Town Tavern, The Top Hat Tavern, The Rialto Club, The Evergreen Cafe, The Simcoe Cafe, and the American Legion Hall all within one block of each other. To sober up and chow down after a night downtown they could congregate out at the Oasis Cafe on the edge of town. The Top Hat and The Simcoe are the only two establishments of this type left down town now. The Simcoe is the only one in it's original location.

I moved from Goldendale in 1972. The lure of big money working as a welder in the Puget Sound Region was to much to resist. I gave up the home of my youth for over 35 years while I made a life for myself in the city. My life went well but I always missed the pace of life there. The memories.

Now I have returned to spend despite the rest of my life in this area. To die as I was born. To be put to rest with generations of relatives.

Things have really changed here. It's not at all as I remember it. Standing in some of the exact same places I stand nearly 40 years ago is some powerful stuff. As I was walking around town many memories were rekindled. Emotions that I had not experienced for years resurfaced. At times I was nearly overwhelmed by the flood of memories and emotions.

I do not think Goldendale is any worse of a place for a kid to grow up in today. Just different. From an adults point of view things always look different. I guess I need to get together with some of the young people, sometimes the children of relatives that I so long ago lost contact with, and get their perspective on growing up in here in the 2000's. I more than likely would be quite enlightened.

Industry has come and gone in this area. There were some boom times when aluminum manufacturing came to the region. Lot's of good high paying jobs. Then they closed down and the good jobs disappeared. Goldendale Wa real estate was a hot item for a while despite the real estate market has slowed down considering in the last couple of years. There seems to be an influx of retirement age people that are the prime Goldendale real estate customers now. Money from out of town folks looking for a nice place to retire.

The local newspaper, The Goldendale Sentinel, is usually filled with local real estate ads. There is no shortage of real estate for those with the money to buy. What there is in the paper is a shortage of help wanted ads.

Many web sites promote this town as a tourist and sportsman's paradise. These are very informative web sites that explain the past, present and future of this little city from a different perspective than I am able to. Mine is of childhood memories jolted by the face of a reality forty years in the future. The old adage that "the more things change the more they stay the same" is really being tested here.

This city is steeped in Washington history. Much of it involves my great great grandsparents and their descendants. I am historically tied to the success of Goldendale.

If any town in America describes to be prosperous it is this one. That is why I have chosen to return for my golden years. I employ several websites and have given the city's name to my vitamin sales page. I just wanted to have a piece of Goldendale in the 2000's. I want to spend my money here. I want to participate as an adult not dream as a child.