This photo of Elly and me is a glimpse “behind the scenes” here at Yakima Magazine. We wanted an outdoors feel, to match the magazine’s theme, without going too far from our office. So we chose to get our picture snapped in front of the breathtaking view at Wilridge Winery in Naches Heights. All we needed were a few props. Our photographer, Trisha, brought a basket, I grabbed a blanket and some bread from Essencia and Elly brought our “wine” (not actually wine — we were on the clock after all).

What we hadn’t counted on was the cat.

Smokey promptly made friends with us, cozying up to our blanket — and to our loaf of bread. We couldn’t get him to part with it, in fact. When we realized Smokey was actually eating the prop, we burst out laughing and Trish caught the moment.

The photo also beautifully captures the gorgeous area in which we live. At Wilridge, which is just a hop, skip and jump away from both Naches Heights Winery and Aecetia Winery, folks can hike through the Cowiche Canyon Nature Preserve trail and see for themselves the unique geology of this area. Wine tasting + hiking? Only in Yakima.

Alas on this day, we had to pack our props and head back to the office (not before leaving a hunk of bread for kitty). But already my family is planning camping trips to soak up the season. To help you plan some outdoors excursions, Trish tells us in this issue about Skykomish’s Iron Goat Trail, a trip full of history and hiking that’s well worth taking. You’ll also find stories on a local couple who have golfed in all 50 states, the Back Country Horsemen and a xeric garden in the city. Don’t miss Carol Barany’s take on growing lavender and Andrea McCoy’s delicious recipe for Jalapeno pulled pork — perfect for this summer’s barbecues. And there’s much, much more.

Right now it’s shaping up to be a great summer season — make sure to get outside and enjoy it.

~Robin & Elly

rbeckett@yakimaherald.com

eleitz@yakimaherald.com

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