Fun in the Tri-Cities
We spent three weeks in the Tri-Cities and had a great time!
For those who don’t know, the Tri-Cities is the greater Kennewick, Pasco and Richland area; which now includes West Richland as its own town. Does that mean it’s technically the Quad-Cities now? Hmm. Anyway, it’s in Southeast Washington’s “wine country”. If you like wine, I’d definitely recommend a stop here sometime.
We have a few friends in the Tri-Cities, so much of our time was spent with them – seeing their homes, sharing meals, swimming at our park’s pool, and more. We even got to see a friend who was just driving through! We love that we were able to spend so much time with all of you and thanks for taking the time to hang with us!
We also got out to experience a few more ‘public’ things while we were there. Of course that included a few restaurants, my favorite of which was Proof – a new gastropub in Kennewick that had really great food. Definitely check it out if you’re in the area!
Tri-Cities Craft Beer Festival
Our first weekend in the Tri-Cities, my brother, Pete, came out and we met mutual friends, Dave and Heather, at the Tri-Cities Craft Beer Festival. I was DD and had just a couple sips of Brian’s beer, so can’t tell you much about the beer itself; but I will say that Ten Pin Brewing’s “Snake Eye Imperial Stout” was pretty good. The venue was just the right size for their second year and I suspect they’ll be able to grow there for a few more years. It was great to spend time with my brother and good friends!
Sacajawea Heritage Trail
One day, we decided to do an easy hike/walk and decided to go to the Sacajawea Heritage Trail, which runs along the south side of the Columbia then loops to the north side. Bateman Island is right there, so we thought we’d check into that too. We parked along the river and walked about 1/4 mile to the entrance for Bateman Island…and stopped.
What?! Bummer! The island is closed because there’s something dangerous out there. Hmm. Is the ground sinking into the river? Did they find Nellie’s cousin? Did someone abandon several baby alligators or boas that are now hunting everything on the island?
Internet searches provided the less fantastical reason. There was a fire in the summer of 2017 and they’re letting the vegetation grow back naturally before they let people back in. Ok. We get it. The sign was probably put up right after the fire and hasn’t been changed. I’m sure it’s not really dangerous at this point, but it’s probably best not to have people roaming all over it.
We came back out and decided to go back the way we’d come because that trail eventually linked up with another park on the south side of the river. We walked about a half mile…and stopped. The trail/sidewalk doesn’t continue and there’s really no space to walk along the highway. Well, phooey. Maybe there was a trail on the other side of the road, but we couldn’t really see anything.
Right there, though, is The Reach museum. Several people told us about it and explained it had exhibits on Hanford and the Manhattan Project. Not interested. Thanks. However, looking it up just now to give all of you the link, I discovered it’s also a natural history museum. I would have definitely gone if I’d known that while we were still in the area.
Lesson learned for the day? Do more research. Or not. We went with the flow and still had an enjoyable evening.
On the way back to the car, we did spy a family of geese herding their babies onto the land only to be thwarted by a loose toddler who wanted to jump in and play with the birds. (The parents caught the boy before he actually got into the water and I assume the geese eventually made it onto land.)
Planetarium and Observatory
Our last Friday in town, we went to the Bechtel Planetarium at Columbia Basin College in Pasco. They hold two shows each Friday evening and two on Saturday afternoons. We opted to attend both the Friday evening shows, each of which consists of a host talking for about 20-25 minutes and showing us various things in the universe via the planetarium screen, then the specific movie. We learned new things about water in our solar system, the different types of stars (courtesy of Patrick Stewart and a few corny Star Trek jokes), and Pluto. It was very entertaining and cost all of $12 each. The nearby Moore Observatory is open to the public on Friday evenings, but it was cloudy; so we skipped it that night. If you’re into astronomy at all, I recommend it when in the area.
Columbia Sun RV Resort
I have to give a nod to Columbia Sun RV Resort in Kennewick. The staff were friendly and helpful. Their pool was open even in mid-April – and it was clean! They had social events three days a week, including karaoke, ice cream and wine socials, and free pancakes on Saturday mornings. I can’t tell you how fun and odd it was to swim in the pool while singing along with the guy on the karaoke machine! The park was overall very clean and the perimeter had good-sized evergreen trees to block the view of the commercial buildings in the area as well as the noise from the freeway. It was quiet and full of friendly guests. I would definitely stay there again and gave them some excellent ratings on the review sites.
We did quite a bit more while we were in the Tri-Cities. I got a new camera (so you’ll be seeing better photos now.) Brian finished hanging (and re-hanging) our curtains. We officially named our RV (Raven’s Haven) and our Jeep (Poe). Get it? 😉 The cats got more relaxed about the new home. Brian admitted to being Eeyore now and then. We got some much-needed sunshine and we smiled and laughed – a lot.
All in all, Tri-Cities was a happy experience and we’re so glad we were able to spend this time with our friends before we head out of the state.
p.s. Hey, Alex! How’s this for pics? 🙂