Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park

By Washington, Our Home|July 15, 2015|Central Washington, Family, State Parks|0 comments

Any Washingtonian worth their basalt has – at one time or another – driven through Vantage during the long drive from Seattle to Spokane. Most of us breeze across the bridge and don’t look back as we climb the hills on the opposite side, dodging crawling semis and hoping our radiators don’t overheat. But if you’re more interested in your journey than your destination, you may have taken the time to

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Yesterday’s history is today’s tourist attraction

By Washington, Our Home|June 3, 2015|Central Washington, Eastern Washington, History, Western Washington|0 comments

The ability to entice visitors to your corner of Washington may lie in your area’s unique local history. Statistics show that more and more people are citing historical—whether it be natural, cultural or heritage tourism as the reason for their travel. You need to stay on the forefront of this emerging trend…but how? What is heritage tourism? The National Trust for Historic Preservation defines heritage tourism as “traveling to experience

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Time to finish what I start

By Washington, Our Home|January 1, 2015|General, History, Legislature, Seattle Mariners, Sports Teams, Western Washington|0 comments

Happy new year, and welcome to 2015! In the spirit of new beginnings, making resolutions and so forth, I thought I would share some of the blog posts from the last two years that didn’t quite make it to the publish stage. So let it be known that, from this day forward, I will finish every blog post I start – no matter the time or research involved, and no matter

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Why James Glover deserves Spokane’s gratitude

By Washington, Our Home|October 6, 2014|Eastern Washington, History|1 comments

A recent article by the Pacific Northwest Inlander calls into question whether or not Spokane pioneer and founding father, James Glover, is deserving of having a new plaza next to city hall named in his honor. Lisa Waananen Jones, who wrote the Inlander piece, “Facing History: The story that James Glover didn’t want you to know, and why it’s threatening his legacy,” did a competent job assembling the different parts

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Remembering Bud Holland. He flew B-52s.

By Washington, Our Home|June 24, 2014|Eastern Washington, Family, History, Military|49 comments

Today is June 24, 2014. It was on this date twenty years ago that my next-door neighbor crashed one of the biggest, most powerful aircraft ever built into a nuclear storage facility, leaving his kids fatherless and his wife a widow. With more than 5,000 flight hours under his belt, U.S. Air Force Colonel Bud Holland took his last flight on this day in 1994.

Around the state in 48 hours: Part 1

By Washington, Our Home|September 5, 2013|Central Washington, Eastern Washington, General, History, Restaurants, State Parks, Western Washington|1 comments

Everybody thought I was joking when I said I was taking a business trip from Olympia to Vancouver to Yakima to Spokane to Wenatchee to Everett to Bellevue to Tacoma and back to Olympia in two days. The itinerary I had laid out with Google Maps said it was a cinch and I’m the guy who enjoys driving around this beautiful state we call home. Well, I proved to everyone

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Ascending Saint Helens, Part 3 of 4: More than a mountain

By Washington, Our Home|August 27, 2012|Family, Gear, Hikes, History, Mt. Saint Helens, Recreation, Western Washington|1 comments

I was almost five years old when I rode on my father’s back during a hike on Mt. Rainier one sunny Saturday afternoon. During that walk, he paused for a moment while viewing the distant, lofty, snow-capped peak to the southwest, speculating aloud on the possibility of one of the 18 volcanoes in the Cascade Mountain Range ever erupting. It was May 17th, 1980, and the next morning the world

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Don’t mess with park rangers. Seriously.

By Washington, Our Home|July 30, 2012|Central Washington, Family, History, Recreation, State Parks|0 comments

They’ll kick you out. In the nicest, most passive-aggressive way, they’ll politely ask you to leave. Let me go back and explain what happened. As anyone from Washington State knows, the drive from Seattle to Spokane (or vice-versa) can be riddled with boredom unless you’re playing traffic games with other drivers or looking for something in particular (like totaling up the different crops with names posted on the fence lines

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Easy week in eastern Washington, Part 1: The roads less traveled

By Washington, Our Home|June 26, 2012|Central Washington, Eastern Washington, Family, Fishing, Recreation, State Parks|0 comments

My father, Walt Ebel, and I began our second annual trip to the Colville Indian Reservation on a Monday in early June. Dad’s been doing this for decades; he visits his best friend, Lyn, and they spend a week on Twin Lakes at Hartman’s Log Cabin Resort near Inchelium. Last year I decided to finally accept their invitation and had such a good time I wanted to make it an

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A parkful of Washington State history

By Washington, Our Home|March 18, 2012|Puget Sound, Western Washington|0 comments

Being cooped up in the house for days on end is enough to drive anyone mad, and throwing a four-year-old in the cage can sometimes seem just plain cruel. So needless to say, I had to get my poor wife and son out of the house before we all ended up in the newspaper the next day. Despite the intermittent weather on Saturday, we decided to visit Tumwater Historical Park

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Family reunion in Moses Lake

By Washington, Our Home|August 2, 2011|General|0 comments

Okay, not IN Moses Lake exactly, but right on the edge of it. It was our annual Ebel-Fenton-Campbell-Zandofsky (Hankins-Schab-Sherbahn) reunion and we held it at Pier 4 Sunrise Reports, a perfect spot for such an event. After last year’s reunion in Packwood – which many family members couldn’t attend due to distance – I worked with a few cousins to make sure we had it in more of a centrally

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Fishing trip to Ferry County

By Washington, Our Home|July 16, 2011|General|1 comments

I’d been looking forward to this trip since I was about 14, I just never knew it until this year. My dad goes on a fishing trip with his friend, Lyn Hartman, to Twin Lakes just about every year. And every year he asks me if I want to go. During the college years, I passed on the opportunity. During the starting-my-career years, I’d be too busy. During the years

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Remembering St. Helens 30 years later

By Washington, Our Home|May 19, 2010|Family, History, Mt. Saint Helens, Western Washington|3 comments

These were my comments printed in the Vancouver Columbian for their 30-year anniversary special on the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. You can read them on the website here: http://www.columbian.com/news/2010/apr/14/lifelong-interest-started-boom/ I’ll be the first to admit that my memory as described below is slightly inaccurate, as I found out from my father after discussing this article with him, however it is still worth posting due to the special occasion. Enjoy!

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Lewiston-Clarkston in southeast Washington (and west-central Idaho)

By Washington, Our Home|March 9, 2010|General|0 comments

My cousin-in-law, Aaron, is a lecturer at the University of Idaho in Moscow and frequently posts pictures of his family on Picasa. In reviewing the latest set of photos, I came across this beautiful shot of the Lewiston (Idaho) and Clarkston (Washington) valley at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers. There is a real beauty to southeast Washington that often goes unappreciated by people on the west side

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Washington, my home

By Washington, Our Home|February 14, 2010|General|0 comments

I hope to write about all the great things Washington has to offer…from it’s natural beauty to it’s storied political activity. I promise it won’t be all about politics, rather a vast array of all the great things life has to offer in the upper-left corner of the country. From our underdog sports teams to our small town way of life, I’ll hopefully be blogging on all the things that make our state the greatest in the lower 48.