EDITOR'S NOTE: As of February 2019, Yakima Magazine is a special publication produced monthly by the Yakima Herald-Republic News Department.

There’s something special about the scent of flowers. Each variety has a unique aroma that conjures something different for everyone. For me, the scent of lilacs is the scent of summer. When they first bloom in spring, I inhale their rich perfume, pressing my nose into the tiny purple petals…

Despite my best intentions to pack lunch in the morning to save money and eat healthy, somehow my morning always gets sucked up by other tasks. Read the paper, work out, feed the dog breakfast, feed me breakfast, and get ready for work. Bam! Suddenly it’s 7:30 and time to head out. No time t…

Below the waves is a world like no other. According to those who travel there, it is serene, surreal, and like “an out-of-body experience.” They say the feeling of adventure is profound. And, although scuba diving is, by definition, a self-contained activity, the adventure is anything but solitary.

The longer I garden, the more certain I become that this garden of mine will never be finished. It’s all good, though. As one gardening season follows another, I like to think that I’m growing a little wiser as I grow older. One thing I’ve learned is that my small patch of earth is deeply co…

The song “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” from the musical of the same name, instantly came to mind as we drove up the steep hill to Bill and Mary Kloster’s home. Built on the highest promontory of a gated housing development high above I-82 as it makes its way to Selah, the two-story h…

One of the coolest things about Puget Sound Energy’s Wild Horse Wind Facility is the drive up to it. You spot the line of turbines on the hill in the distance first, looking like tiny pinwheels. As you drive through the town of Kittitas, they get bigger, and 10 miles down the Vantage Highway…