Thursday, August 24, 2006

PHOTO'S OF THE DAY - 8/24/2006

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A smoky view from above the R J Ranch.

Fried Landscape.

A Single Tree Survives.

The train will be a little late tonight!

Maybe you've seen on TV all the fires in Washington State. The largest fire in the US is in the Dayton, WA area, which is about 100 miles away. Much closer, however, is the Colfax, WA fire, which is about twelve miles away. Fortunately, the winds blew the Colfax fire away from the R J Ranch.

Here are a couple of pictures of the Colfax fire that Jacquie and I took this morning from the helicopter. The fire is about 100% contained.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

PHOTO OF THE DAY - 8/20/2006

This was the initial test flight. Since no one stepped up for the first flight, the chute owner, i.e. ME, ended up as the test pilot.
The launch crew consisted of:
Launch Director and photographer: Amberlyn
Chute holders: Two friendly Spokane police officers that happened upon the scene.
Boat pilot: Jacquie.
Boat Observer: Brandon
The lift-off was picture perfect! Even though the crew was totally untrained, it went like a they'd been doing all their life. The flight proceeded as planned, right up to the point where it was time to turn back to the beach for landing. Unfortunately, especially for the test pilot, the turn was far too short, causing slack in the tow rope and unceremoniously ending the flight. The pilot (ME) quickly learned what the "para" part of para-sailing meant, dropping under the chute and plopping into the lake.
There were no subsequent flights, as no one volunteered again.
It was fun while it lasted.
(Photo by Amberlyn, Riverside, CA)

Friday, August 18, 2006


Base of Granite Falls
Near Priest Lake, ID
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PHOTO OF THE DAY: 8/18/2006

Pullman "Lentil Festival"
Streetside Um-Pa-Pa band.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

PHOTO'S OF THE DAY - 8/17/2006

The "Famous Priest Lake Hamburger!"
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Thursday, August 10, 2006

PHOTO OF THE DAY: August 10, 2006

Harvest Is In Full Swing
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