Here's a little surprise piece of information that made my day hiking in the Yakima area. The Cowiche Canyon trail follows an old railroad bed through a fascinating rock-walled canyon and over trestles spanning a bubbling creek. In springtime it is replete with wildflowers. It is a level three miles from end to end, but wonder-of-wonders, at about 2 miles in, (or after 4 miles if you have gone to the far end of the trail), there is a steep side trail that leaves the canyon and climbs up steeply for about half a mile into the spacious vineyards of the Wilridge Winery. A level walk beyond that, and you are at the Tasting Room. Sit on shady porch that wraps around an old farm house, or pick a sunny spot at a picnic table on the grassy lawn. A series of 5 pours is $5. Or you can purchase wine by the glass, or an entire bottle. If you have been hiking for one hour or several hours, and you have made that climb out of the canyon, this will feel as close to heaven as you will ever get, unless (like me) you're a saint. The view is as great as the wine -- which is indeed very good. Vineyards and ridges stretch to the furthest horizons, which are rimmed with snow capped mountains. Drink in the view as you drink in the wine. This is what it means to be alive. I particularly liked the "melange" blend which comes in both red and white. Glasses are in the $5-$9 range and you can pay $12 for a bottle of the day's special, or $30 for something even more special. Wilridge Winery -- Cowiche Canyon trail -- got that? This is one of those memories for mind-banking. Oh, and the walk out of the vineyards and back down that trail offer views as magnificent as you could ever desire. The remainder of the walk to the trail head leaves the perfect after taste.
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