Monthly Archives: April 2013

Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center

8697089797_b85898b430_bLazy F Camp and Retreat Center at 16170 Manastash Rd  Ellensburg, WA 98926 is indeed restful and lovely. I spent a couple of nights there enjoying the community we created and the lovely camp center. It was unusually warm, though of course cool at night. I stayed in a cabin just like the one in the photo. There is a charming river through the property and a labyrinth.

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Thorp Fruit and Antique Mall

8695128683_64ac7f4cc4_b(1)Practically every time I go through Ellensburg, I stop at the Thorp Fruit and Antique Mall at  410 Gladmar Road, Thorp. We usually stop for a coffee drink and maybe some cheese or a sweet. The lower level is full of local produce and specialty items and the upper level has antiques. The family run business began in 1944.



Transco Auto Services

8670005007_8674505e46_b(1)(2)The industrial property at 3829 South M Street, Tacoma, is available for sale with an asking price of $390,000 (will look at offers). The vacant building has 6,200 square feet and was built in 1948. It was originally owner occupied as Rygg’s Automotive Service and most recently was occupied by Transco Auto Services.

Columbia Basin College


The Columbia Basin College at 2600 N 20th Ave, Pasco, WA 99301 (in Franklin, my 11th Washington County!) is simple and attractive. My group meant in three of the building with the most interesting being the inside courtyard which had a tropical rainforest vibe going on with warm temperatures and an indoor pond.  There is also a great sculpture of Martin Luther King, Jr. walking with a young, determined boy. The college’s mascot is the hawk.


Carmine’s Italian Restaurant

8667746618_4bae083634_bOn Friday night I found myself in Kennewick looking for a restaurant. My friend and I opted for Carmines at 525 West 1st Avenue. It appealed to us because of its unusual presentation, an Italian restaurant in an old house that offers one or two dishes a night. The mission of the restaurant is to recreate the family environment that the owners experienced with they lived in New Jersey and were surrounded by relatives. Friday night was spaghetti & meatballs or shrimp over linguini.  My friend and I ordered one of each and shared. Before hand there is a salad and bread (included) and afterward a choice of dessert (extra). I had the amazingly delicious amaretto bread pudding and my friend opted for ice box cake.  Altogether a lovely evening with tasty food, great service and excellent conversation. The Facebook page for the restaurant is here.

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DeLong’s DeLuxe, Lakewood

8659910840_b67d8d9884_z(2)DeLong’s DeLuxe at 8901 Bridgeport Way is Lakewood’s newest burger joint. It opened in February 2013. I stopped in today after a meeting and ordered a fair burger, fries and two milkshakes. The shakes were delicious and I had to throw the fries in the backseat of the car so that dear daughter would actually get some. Service was speedy and pleasant.

Joyfull Joy Pho

8657027554_54894b713f_bJoy Pho at 10706 Bridgeport Way SW  Lakewood, WA 98499 is also known as Pho PQ (or maybe that was the previous ownership. Dear daughter and I had taken a quick trip to Barnes and Noble and then stopped here for some take out. The woman who waited on us was friendly and the food was good.

Ezell’s Famous Chicken

Ezell's ChickenMy work friend told me that Ezell’s had a righteous special on Mondays. Indeed they do, two large piece and a roll for about $1.40. It was a wonderful meal, especially for that price! I splurged and bought a piece of sweet potato pie. Ezell’s location in Tacoma is at 1902 Martin Luther King Jr Way.

Ezell‘s started in Seattle in 1984 and currently has seven Western Washington locations. Recent news states that franchises are now being sold including one in Dubai. In August 2012, Esquire Magazine declared  Ezell’s to be “the Most Life-Changing Fried Chicken in America.”



Tacoma’s Spring Fence

8649334813_688a75f233_h(1)A local coalition of Tacoma Urban Landscaping, Downtown On the go, Coalition for Active Transportation, 35 Ways to Safer Streets, The Grand Cinema and the New Tacoma Neighborhood Council organized the yarn bombing on the chain-link fence on St. Helens Avenue at 6th.An article about the project can be found on the News Tribune Blog. In addition to the knitted flowers, there were real flowers, banners and the word Spring in fabric. While I was checking out the art, I was asked for money by a guy just out of jail with a DUI, I visited with two legit looking young men scoping out location for a movie and visited briefly with the man moving the Ferrari that was in his shop.

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