Thursday, May 13, 2010


Here we go again!

Kirsten really surprised me. She wants to play softball, even on a new team with girls she doesn't know. Her old team didn't continue on, but she is. Of course, she quickly made friends with the girls on this team - The Lightning.

First game was last Saturday - finally a beautiful sunny day (which we've had several of since). The Lightning started in the field and you could tell they had a bit of the first-game jitters. But once that half of the inning was over, they began to pull it together, winning the game 15-10.

Kirsten at bat.

And on 1st base.

The American Heritage Girls (AHG) year is coming to a close. We've been working on the geology badge and one of the requirements was getting a topographical map, studying it, then going to that place. Thankfully the USGS website has downloadable topo maps!!

Just south of Kennewick is a big butte called Jump Off Joe with a conglomeration of communications towers and dishes - and an amazing view of the entire Tri-Cities area. I chose this landmark to focus on the topography, as it's steep on one side (facing town), but gently slopes down the other side, and you drive up a canyon to get to the top of the butte.

The day was another beautiful spring day in the Tri-Cities.

Wind power is definitely making an imprint on our landscape.

The road comes up from the backside of the butte, so the amazing 180^ view when you crest the top of the hill is breathtaking.

This is just a small portion of the view. I was initially concerned that it would take too long to drive "clear out there" but it took about 15-20 minutes; plenty of time for the girls to gather wildflowers and braid them in each other's hair. :)

Now on to the next thing - preparing for dd Melanie's college graduation tomorrow and party on Saturday!


Lynn said...

Sounds like you've been a busy lady this past week! That view from the butte is really lovely. I've noticed the lights at night from our local baseball diamond so I know the season is in full swing now.

marylin & poussy said...

Hello haughtiness the holding(dress)! The class I like very much the landscape especially flowers which beautiful country! Best regards

Brigitte said...

These scenic pictures are wonderful. I'd like to stand on top of the butte and look around. Must be a dream.