On our fourth morning on the South Cascade Loop, we pulled into the town of Toppenish – and our eyes were immediately drawn to the beautiful hand-painted murals scattered throughout this quaint, western town. Everywhere we looked was another historic scene, and of course every time Ryder saw a horse, he squealed with excitement. The time, artistic talent and love that went into all of these paintings is visible in every single piece – and all I can say is that they truly are remarkable.
From Toppenish, we decided to head up to Owen Roe, just a few minutes up the road in Wapato. As we drove up the long, winding road up to the tasting room, I marveled at the countless rows of vines bursting with grapes, ripe for the harvest. Upon arriving, we were welcomed by not only the manager of the tasting room but by one of the owners of Owen Roe as well, as they were enjoying the late morning sun on their patio. After trying a few of their reds, I settled on a glass of the 2016 Sinister Hand, which I can happily now say is my absolute favorite Washington Red Wine. Taking our glasses of wine outside, Andy and I enjoyed our beverages at their outdoor picnic tables, taking turns working with Ryder on his walking skills in the grass nearby.
After some fun in the sun and a quick tailgate lunch, we were all ready for an afternoon mountain bike ride. After a short drive to a trailhead off of Konnowac Pass, we changed into our mountain bike clothes, loaded the little munchkin in the pack, and headed off up the trail. Beautiful views and some flowy, fun single-track welcomed us after a nice post-lunch climb. Shredding back down to the car with a tuckered out Ryder on Andy’s back, we relaxed and enjoyed the warm, fall afternoon sunshine while the munchkin took a nap.