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Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy.  The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.

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Hometown Perch

Hometown Perch

May 12, 2014

From television to print, there are many methods locally to find out what’s happening in the valley.  But what if you want an insider’s account?  Someone who is going to share straight up what it’s like to live, work and play in the valley…  If you’re looking for something different, let me introduce to you two local bloggers who are sharing their stories in a little blog called, Hometown Perch.  

Mandi and Stacie both grew up in Yakima, both moved away to big cities, married and had kids, then found themselves back where they started.  In a chance meeting the two discovered they shared similar lifestyles, passions and experiences and decided to chronicle it all in Hometown Perch. 

The blog is a smorgasbord of topics from life lessons, DIY projects, events, interviews with locals, to recipes.  Mandi and Stacie have a style of writing that makes you feel like you’re hearing the story in their kitchen over a cup of coffee.  A recent blog post follows them to a local hiking destination, the Cowiche Canyon. 

 “We are so fortunate to have easy access to day hiking spots in Yakima. We hit the trail the other day with the kids in tow. Believe it or not, it was our first official hike as a family. I’m a little bit embarrassed to admit that since we have so many great options within just a short drive.

On a warm Saturday we headed to the Cowiche Canyon Uplands Trail with friends. When we reached the parking lot we were treated to a panoramic view of our beautiful city….”

Grab a mug of your favorite beverage, pull up seat and start following along on two families sweet adventures navigating this lovely little valley we call home.  To read the rest of the Cowiche Hiking post, click here.

Links to other stories you might like:

Mt. Biking in the Valley | Yakima Greenway Path Continues Expansion to Naches | From Rails to Trails


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