December 8, 2012
Published: December 8, 2012

I crawled out of bed around 8:30 a.m. this morning and had my first cup of tea. My wife followed suit about 30 minutes later. We finally left for Benton City around 11 a.m. this morning to check out the Winterfest Bazaar at the high school.

We were hungry so we stopped off at the Shadow Mountain Grill for breakfast. This place is an older diner that appears to cater to the outdoor types (hunters and fishermen) based on the big screen showing of the Outdoors channel. Man those guys on TV were using huge fly rods and reels to go after 10 pounders and I thought my days of catching a 13 inch trout was worthy of a trophy.


I had the Denver omelet and my wife had the biscuits and gravy with two eggs sunny-side up. Note: you can purchase certificates for $10 worth of food for $5 for this restaurant from which we had done.

We drove to the high school after we ate where we met our daughter and her friend where they had a table set up with their hand crafted photo frames on display. We checked out many of the items for sale, sampled a few foodie items, and engaged in dialogue with several vendors about their products. A bit later our
daughter approached us and asked if we would go pick up some pizza for them since it was past lunch time.

So my wife and I drove over to Daddy O's Pizza where they sell pizzas by the vinyl LP album size. For decor, older record albums are screwed all over the walls and ceilings. They also sell hot dogs including a 22 incher made by Ray's Meats out of Yakima.

We delivered the pizza to our daughter and then ran into our backyard neighbors Laura, Ben and their kids who decided to explore Benton City for the day. Small world!

We drove home around 2 p.m. and took the Benton City to West Richland route. There are several Red Mountain wineries along this route that we visited with a group last July on a chartered tour bus - a bus that had no functioning air conditioning! We also passed the defunct Tri-Cities Raceway, a place that I used to spend my Saturday nights.

We drove into North Richland so I could pick up a few things from Office Depot. Mid-Columbia Wine & Spirits is next door and my wife had never been there before. So we went in to look around. They have a large selection of wine, spirits and beer.

Yep, I have two empty growlers at home and they are still empty. Why didn't I think to bring one with us today? And why didn't I think to stop at the West Richland Wine and Bottle Shop? Anyway, I did buy a bottle of Laht Nappur's India Pale Ale (brewed in Waitsburg).

Several hours later I decided to eat the other half of my omelet and hash browns from this morning for dinner as I started to write this story. Charter Internet was being very inconvenient this evening.

Around 7 p.m. my wife and I drove west on Court Street in Pasco and parked under the I-182 bridge to watch the lighted boat parade.

Now it is almost 10 p.m. as I hit "Post."
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