Kenna…where?

48 hours ago I was getting off a plane after spending a long weekend in Sonoma County with a group of ladies (I have pictures and stories to tell, just haven’t had time).  36 hours ago I started a fancy new job.  Same employer, significant promotion, significant increase in responsibilities.  Tonight I am sitting in a hotel room in Kennewick, Washington.  Tomorrow morning I attend the kick-off of a two-day conference for the new job.  Nothing like jumping into the deep end.  On Friday afternoon I drive home.  Saturday afternoon a girlfriend and I head to Seattle for the Color Run on Sunday morning.  It’s all a bit mind-boggling.

The drive today was uneventful.  Long (4+ hrs), but uneventful.  I can honestly say that I’ve never been to Kennewick before.  I think you have to have a reason.  Wine is a good reason.  Lots of wineries in the area.  But, I wined a lot last weekend and am not really in the mood.

Kennewick, if you don’t know, sits on the Columbia River.  The mighty, might Columbia.  I needed to stretch my legs a bit after arriving into town, so I followed signs to, aptly named, Columbia Park.  Looking at a map, it appears this park spans the waterfront through much of the town.  Got out of the car and saw these little guys:

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Yes, those of fuffy, fuzzy baby geese.  Goslings.  I had to give them a bit of a wide berth because the guards kept giving me the furry (feathery?) eyeball.

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At first I thought the focus was off.  But, no, they truly are that fluffy.  So adorable.

The weather couldn’t quite decide what it wanted to do, and the wind was blowing, but I still got to see skies like these:

kennewick, cookdrinkhike.wordpress.comI headed down the path to Bateman Island.  Looks like it’s a favorite of birders and fisherman.  A gravel path circles the island.  With deviations it was a couple of miles.  It was beautiful.  The first thing I saw was wild roses.  Lots and lots of fragrant wild roses.

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The terrain was beautiful.  But…you tell me…African savanna or Kennewick? Okay, I’ve not been to Africa, but I’ve seen pictures.

kennewick, cookdrinkhike.wordpress.comOn down the path I went, hearing only the wind and the birds.

kennewick, cookdrinkhike.wordpress.comAfter a couple of false trails that led to small fishing pockets I finally hit a nice beach and was rewarded with beautiful views:

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kennewick, cookdrinkhike.wordpress.comI took it all in for a few minutes, then headed back.  And saw a bird that I chased after the entire time we were in New Mexico.  Really?!  Yes.  I thought it was, perhaps, a bird unique to the Southwest.  Nope.  Lives in Kennewick, too.  Don’t know what it is and didn’t get a picture.  Here’s as good as I got in NM.  Tell me if you know what it is:  Update!  Thanks to Joe over at Short and Tweet I now know that this is a black billed magpie.

kennewick, cookdrinkhike.wordpress.comI passed fragrant honeysuckle trees, came around the corner and saw quail bobbing around.  I love quail.  So fun to watch.  The first couple of years at our house we had quail, including babies in the spring, but we’ve not seen any for a number of years, to our disappointment.

kennewick, cookdrinkhike.wordpress.comThis was him posturing.  Check out that wingspan.  🙂

kennewick, cookdrinkhike.wordpress.comIt was a good walk.  Just what I needed.  I stopped by a Thai restaurant on the way back to the hotel and picked up a fresh summer roll and panang curry.  Of course, when I got back to the room I realized they had failed to give me a fork.  No utensils in the room and I was too lazy to go downstairs to find something.  So, I unwrapped the two wooden stir sticks they provided for coffee and used them as mini chop sticks.  It got the job done.  A good night’s sleep and I’ll be ready for tomorrow!  I leave you with this:

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