Monday, September 25, 2006
Tri-cities, wine and more
It was a great weekend for a road trip. The weather was glorious and the Columbia Gorge, always breathtaking, was beginning to show some fall color. It's about a three and a half hour drive to the tri-cities of Richland, Pasco and Kennewick, Washington where we were meeting 3 of Ray's fraternity brothers and their wives for a long overdue reunion.
Friday night consisted of a lot of catching up around a bottle of good bourbon. The "Idaho" boys have a lot of yarns to spin when they get together.
The next day we headed out into the countryside to taste wine. It was the weekend of the "crush" with lots of local wineries participating. Wine-making is a fairly recent innovation in the tri-cities area, but there are dozens of wineries around. We tasted some good and some pretty ordinary wines and saw very fancy wineries built to look like French Chateaus and Italian monasteries as well as wineries that were more along the lines of metal farm buildings. It was a fun day, the sky was incredibly blue and a good day to take pictures.
At one of the wineries they had an exibit by the artist who designed the wine label. It turned out she was a fiber artist. She shall remain nameless because I thought her work was, ummmm, shall we say "disappointing".
All in all, it was a lovely day.