Friday, October 31, 2008


Scene from the Toppenish Railroad Historical Society Haunted Train.

Tonight is the last night--6-9 p.m.--at the Toppenish Depot.

Be Scared!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

5th Avenue decor

A lot of vinyl on display above the windows at the 5th Avenue Deli. Some local history photographs, and lots of books make for a casual ambiance.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

5th Avenue Deli

After our arboretum visit we ordered the stuffed tomato at the 5th Avenue Deli for lunch. We've always found something good to eat there.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Arboretum SkyWatch

Hubby said "Look up!" So I looked up. Of course, so did the camera.

Can you see the moon? If not, try clicking to enlarge.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Yakima Area Arboretum

With the desktop in the computer hospital, I am without access to the series of photos I was going to use this week, so we made today the day for our expedition to the Yakima Area Arboretum. A wonderful outing! If you have an arboretum in your community, I highly recommend a visit.

Monday, October 20, 2008

A wider view

More of the diversion dam from yesterday.

(The computer has gone to the computer doc. No word yet.)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sunnyside Dam is not in Sunnyside

Due to a possible computer crash, I am depending on any photos I may have currently on my laptop. I took some at the Sunnyside diversion Dam this summer. Irrigation is the lifeblood of the Yakima Valley. The Sunnyside District is one of the first major projects. The sign tells the history.

Clicking on the sign should make it large enough to read.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


Mabton's tiny branch of the Yakima Valley Regional Library has always been an active spot for culture and literacy there. Looks like the taggers have hit it, too, though.

Friday, October 17, 2008

A Valley Sunset

We had to make an early evening drive to Prosser yeaterday and this was the scene near the Prosser Airport as we drove by.
Skywatch photos from around the world can be found by visiting the links here.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


This tiny church building was an Episcopal mission. I did not go close enough to see if it has changed its identity, though the date above the door only shows 19-- now. (Unless that's the address.)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Old High School

The original Mabton High School building still stands. It has been boarded up for as long as we have lived in the Valley--replaced long since by newer facilities.
Mabton was once a thriving town because it was a railroad terminus. But when the railroad changed its route, prosperity went with it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Hubby had some business in Mabton yesterday so I went along to take a few pictures. It's not a very big town--maybe 1000 residents--and there is not a lot to get pictures of. I don't know how the taggers got up there to graffiti the water tower. Well, obviously by the ladder, but really, now! Who would go so far?!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Gaston meets Belle

You can click to enlarge this one and see that the cast members of this production of Beauty and the Beast are...

...a little older than you might expect.
That's because it is this year's offering by the Over the Hill Gang, a local amateur theatrical group which has lowered its minimum age to 45 to be sure of enough players to put together a cast. They have been putting on an annual musical in Sunnyside for about twenty years.
Here Belle, her nose in a book about a charming prince, is immune to the charms of Gaston while all the village look on.
I was charmed by the only full page ad in the program. It proclaimed: "Belle works for us!" with a picture of the star.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Not much longer

The season for farmers' markets in the Valley is coming to an end. These local growers and their customers will meet again in the spring.

Friday, October 10, 2008

It really is a rural area

You wouldn't likely find this in the city of Yakima, but for any other part of the Yakima Valley, you can't be in a hurry if you get behind something like this.
In one of my first YVDP posts I said that this typical traffic usually tried tos tay as far as it could to the right so that cars could pass. For this one, that just wasn't possible. Imagine how wide it is when the discs are unfolded.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Our jerks are here to serve you!

The Yakima Valley Museum Soda Fountain is a functioning museum exhibit. It was installed in 1996 with the acquisition of the fountain and all its equipment from the Jordan's Drug Store which was closing after many years of operation. Just love the art deco look!
Tomorrow, where shall I go?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

This is where I was headed...

...when I took yesterday's museum picture.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Yakima Valley Museum

The Yakima Valley Museum underwent a renovation and expansion not too long ago. I will plan a visit to the exhibits soon--I didn't go inside when I stopped there a couple of weeks ago. I will show you tomorrow what I did do.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A Fair Evening

And so, after a successful run of ten days, the sun sets once again on the Central Washington State Fair in Yakima. Until next year!!!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

All Ears!

Well, then there is the cute twitchy nose as well.
Here to represent the animals, both large and small, which are being shown at the Central Washington State Fair: a very alert gray rabbit.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Bouncing into Fair Skies

Not my cup of tea, but a chance at the fair to get a good sky shot of the "Big Sling" shot.
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Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Commercial Building

I love watching all those demos in the commercial building, such as this one which slices, dices--no really it does. Most of these items which we have purchased at the fair in the past we used for a short time and they are now tucked in the back of the cupboard. We passed this year, but it was really fun watching.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Theme Day: Lines--Fair Day--Line Up

On the opening day of the Central Washington State Fair, this view from the second floor of the Agriculture Building provides the graphic lines of the window panes to frame a number of food booths where folks are lined up for their favorite Fair treats. Attendance was up for the first weekend of the fair over last year's numbers--and there were plenty of lines to wait in.
I'm not registered for Theme Day--I've finally figured out how but too late for this month. To see Theme Day posts from around the world stop by the City Daily Photo Portal or any participating City Daily Photo blog.