There are a lot of great beverages offered throughout this county and plenty of great places to consume them. Whether it is a great glass of Washington wine with dinner at your favorite Kittitas county restaurant, a homemade specialty cocktail at the party for the big game or a delicious Iron Horse beer at your favorite watering hole there are many great choices to choose from.
However, as so often in life regular and routine can turn to boring and monotonous before you know it. If you are like me and enjoy mixing it up a bit once in a while, here is an idea for you. I recommend at least one night’s stay but this trip can be fit into a day for early risers. First head south on I-82 to Yakima then turn west on Highway 12. Pass the orchards and delicious fruit stands of the Naches Valley and continue your way up the winding two lane road through the foothills of the Cascades towards Mount Rainier. In about forty-five minutes you will see signs for one of my favorite place. Bumping Lake campground and recreation area.
A glacier made lake, Bumping is surrounded by high Cascade peaks and thick old growth forest. A wide range of recreational activities are available such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, and boat rentals. The marina and boat launch offer the benefit of being able to bring your own watercraft.
For the more adventurous soul The American Ridge trails offers a 26 mile plus hike through the surround area of forest connecting to the Pacific Coast Trail. One of the high mountain meadows along this trail offers the perfect opportunity to stop and take in the beauty of the area. While doing so I recommend doing as I do and enjoying an Iron Horse Finger Gun session IPA. My second favorite beer (509 is only in draft and I’m not hardcore enough to carry a keg up there) is a great pairing with nature and one or more of my favorite people. The campground and other facilities do close in early September so it might be too late for some of you this year but be sure to put it on your adventure list for next! Do not worry though if you are a winter sport enthusiast the area is open for skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.
If you are taking on the trails in winter though I might recommend switching over to Irish Death! In any case I hope some of you find this intriguing and make your way up there. It is truly a special place to enjoy a special taste. Always adventure responsibly with a hiking buddy and designated driver plus there are wolves, grizzly bears and cougars in the area so remember while you are watching the scenery someone might be watching you!