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Our ID4 2009

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We started a new tradition of heading out to Toppenish a few years ago, just outside the Yakama reservation.  I had my fill of navigating traffic snarls for city displays, and since the Native American reservations in Central Washington have very little restrictions on fireworks, this turned out to be a cheap-as-free alternative.  Normally we would visit my in-laws, but since they couldn't accomodate us, we simply left early in the evening to look at the Western-themed murals that encouraged the city to adopt the slogan "Toppenish – Where The West Still Lives."

My late grandmother used to live here, so we passed by her former house.  The Hispanic family that was gathering there for a barbeque gave us funny looks.

There was a wonderful mix of smells in the air– besides pyrotechnic smoke, we could smell the mint and the hops that are beginning to come into season.  I'll share a story about mint in that area in a moment.

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Wherever you see "jaklumen", that's me- the username is still unique as of the current year. Be aware that the facet you see, is only a small part of the me that is me.

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