Monday, April 17, 2006

Pigs, Goats, Horses, Beer, Easter

the country
Originally uploaded by dieselboi.
yep, it was an action packed weekend out in the country for us. we ventured up to Yakima for a quick trip for my brother in law's 40th birthday. they live on a ranch just outside of Yakima with their kids, horses, barn cats, dogs, pheasant (dwindling due to cats), chickens and other assorted critters. on the way, we stopped by one of our favorite wineries - Paradiso Del Sol in Zillah. There we tasted some great wine and picked up 2 cases of their $10 buck red (after discounts, it's $5.23 red.) visitors to chez brett over the next few months will get a taste - trust me.
the visit was great. my sister is an amazing host and the party was fun. i wasn't sure what to expect as far as "partying" goes, but it turned out well. the weather had been shitty through the gorge, but when we arrived, the sky was clear and the sun was out. do you remember the sun? well, with the clear skies, it got darn cold out that that evening by the fire pit. luckily, it was a significant fire to keep us out there smoking cigars and drinking Keystone ICE (or as my brother-in-law calls it - Stones.) whiskey was available and i do know some partook, but i only had a few drinks. i knew i didn't want to be wrecked on Sunday for the drive back home.
we stayed in their camper that night. our little ones have a tendency to bark at almost any sound, so we wanted to create a distance between us and our hosts to allow them to sleep. it was one of the best night's sleep we've had in awhile. i don't know if it was the bed or the cold or the comfortor or what, but it was great. i think we need to get a camper to sleep in or get a camper bed for our room or something.
easter egg hunting in the morning was great. we hid like 200 eggs or something all over the yard for the little boys and they loved it. Jack more than Hank as Hank is still a little young to understand the whole concept. Hank went with dad and fed the horses and pheasants.
drive home was nice as the photo here attests. if you haven't driven north of the Dalles towards central washington, you should. it's a beautiful area.
home now and prepping for our next road trip - this time to LA. yes, my peoples, we're driving to LA to see a band. haters step off.
photos from the weekend:

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