Wall Drug Store South Dakota

On our trip to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore we stayed in Rapid City, We also went to the Badlands via back roads which worked out well as the way back to our hotel took us right by the Wall Drug store which has been there since 1931. You would not think the store could survive so far out off the beaten path but it has!! This image was taken from right in from of the store and I still wonder what is in those large silos (Silos are commonly used for bulk storage of grain, coal, cement, carbon black, woodchips, food products and sawdust)?? Google search says GRAIN! We brought home some reminders of that stop. I still drink coffee from the mug Sharon picked  out for me!!!!!


Snow near the Yakima River

This image was taken a few years back when I was headed for the Tri Cities area while working. As I drove down the canyon along the Yakima River this was the view of the distant hills. The hills you see are the same ones from an earlier post of the dry hills of Eastern WA with the video Oak creek series 9. The terrain is diverse and changes with the seasons, wet and muddy in the rain season, icy and slick in the snow season and washboard the rest of the time. Still the area has its beauty. Also the Yakima is a well known catch and release fly fishing only river with many guided float trips and some shore fishing also.

Winters blanket

It was cold

Added this image taken years ago of a float trip starting in the Yakima river canyon near Ellensburg on its way to a day of Fly Fishing and fun!

Rubber raft on the Yakima

Drift fishing


Using Paint Shop Pro converting old B&W image to a color Image

Playing around with the Paint Shop Pro program and colorizing a B&W image to color was a challenge at first. A lot of experimenting with color selection and using layers to accomplish the end product. Since this image was taken around the early to mid 1950’s I could not remember the color of my shirt or pants, the hat was easy as I almost always wore a straw cowboy style hat. The color of my horse was easy as I will always remember her color.


B&W to color

The dry hills of eastern WA Going from Green River to Ellensburg

This was an all day drive of over 100 miles. it was a lot rougher and steeper than the video shows as near the end of the video I had to stop and let the transmission cool down. The road was a washboard, the smaller rocks were the size of 8 balls (pool). Had we had turned west and headed to higher elevations we would have been back in the trees and near the old elk camp where I used to hunt. But it was a fun trip all things considered. I hope to make one more trip to the old A frame camp where my friends and I spent a lot of time.

Adding test for new posts

Brooklyn School to Raymond WA

So our last Jeep run was from the town of Oakville via the Town of Brooklyn and then using the Smith creek road to get to Raymond WA a small logging and fishing community. There we ate lunch at a diner now called the C&C Diner. The food was great and plentiful with great service. This video is about fifteen minutes long cut from over an hour of video



From The Green River Country store to Bethal Ridge

This was a long planned trip starting in Tumwater WA and going through Enumclaw WA to the Green river area. From there we took forest service roads to the 410 HWY near Nile WA and then on up to Bethel Ridge. From Bethel Ridge we went to White Pass via HWY 12 and on home. The four photos below are provided by Steve.

Mount Rainier with out the usual clouds.

FS 7080 to FS 1900On the way to Bethel Ridge
On Bethel Ridge at almost 6,000 foot elevation looking down to HWY 12.

This is a earthen dam creating Rimrock lake of which we were detoured around to get home.