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North Cascades Oldtime Fiddlers Contest August 28, 2010

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Winthrop Road Marathon September 26, 2010

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Inside... Methow Valley

Summer

Contributors

Bill Biddle, Eric Burr, Joyce Campbell, Stacey Chisam, Sally Gracie, Soo Ing-Moody, Ashley Lodato, Michael Maltais, Ann McCreary, Dylan Paschke, Bob Spiwak, Marcy Stamper, Amy Stork, Georgina Tobiska, Lillian Tucker

A publication of the

Methow Valley News

P.O. Box 97, 101 N. Glover St., Twisp, WA 98856 509.997.7011 • fax 509.997.3277 editor@methowvalleynews.com www.methowvalleynews.com

Photo by Paul Butler

2010

Paul Butler, publisher John Hanron, editor Sue Misao, design Marilyn Bardin, office manager Robin Doggett, ad manager Callie Fink, ad sales Dana Sphar, ad design/production Linda Day, ad design Janet Mehus, office assistant

A taste of Methow summer Coming to the Methow Valley in summer is like being put before a large, bountiful banquet. Here you will find an intriguing balance of sustenance and sweets, too much to eat in one sitting; indeed, too much to experience in one season. Best to sample it first in small doses, and when you find something you like, dig in. Here is the menu....

Comin’ around the mountain .................................. 4 Six towns, one valley ................................................. 6 Walking in the Methow ..............................................10 Smooth biking ............................................................ 12 Bumpy biking ............................................................. 14 Run for fun........ ......................................................... 16 Talk about rock climbing ....................................... 18 Rivers & lakes ............................................................. 20 The swimming pool .................................................. 22 Horseback riding ....................................................... 24 The weather is fine..................................................... 26 The Methow’s wildlife ............................................... 27 Rather strange photo gallery ................................. 28 Summer is pretty, but................................................ 29 Paraglide in, paraglide out ...................................... 30 Wildfire: always a burning issue ........................... 32 Golfing in and around the valley .......................... 34 Fishing around ............................................................ 36 Local history at the Shafer Museum ... ................ 38 The valley’s food & agriculture ............................. 40 Recycling for all .......................................................... 42 Festivals, art, music ................................................... 44 Summer calendar........................................................ 46 Camping......................................................................... 48 Directory of advertisers ........................................... 50

Cover: “Methow Manifesto,” acrylic on board

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Photo by Marcy Stamper


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Methow Valley Summer 2010

By Paul Butler

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ithout a doubt, there are only a few stretches of pavement in North America as spectacular as the North Cascades Highway. And few roadways have such an interesting history as well as present-day dramatics.

Crossing the spectacular

The NCH is a short span of asphalt (although Highway 20 is the state’s longest road, traversing 436 miles), snaking a rugged 65 miles from Mazama to Newhalem. While it is arguable that this scenic travel corridor extends beyond these two towns, the real heart of this road is the section that bisects what is commonly referred to as the “Alps of America.” The country surrounding the highway is as remote and mountainous as anywhere else in the lower 48 states.

Cross-state route born

It is a young road. The North Cascades Highway officially opened for the short duration of a Cascades autumn in 1972. The big day was a festive and sunny September 2nd, with multiple dedications, caravans traveling from east and west and great political fanfare. They whooped it up that day, a day that ushered in an era of change for the previously isolated Methow Valley. And who could blame them? As much as the mountains themselves, it was a wonder the highway was ever completed. Adding much to its history and notoriety, Washington State Highway 20 – the North Cross-State Highway as it was first called – took a long time to be built. In 1814, explorer Alexander Ross, the first white person known to cross the North Cascades in the proximity of today’s highway, thrashed his way west from the Twisp River over Cascade Pass toward, but falling short of, the Marblemount area. His team’s epic journey undoubtedly set the tone for the Herculean effort eventually required to create the modern-day thoroughfare that allows travelers to pleasantly zip across such a daunting mountain range. The notion of putting a travel route through that section received its first funding in 1895. By 1905, floods had washed away much of the work and the money was gone. Throughout the rest of the 20th century, the quest to finish the North Cascades Highway was as tumultuous an ordeal as the creeks running down the precipitous mountainsides.

Photo by John Hanron

The Washington Pass overlook is a worthwhile stop on your journey through the North Cascades.


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North Cascades Highway

Photo by Paul Butler

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The highway is closed four or five months of the year because of avalanches that sweep down from Early Winters Spires and Liberty Bell. Consider this snippet from a Washington Highways’ North Cascades Grand Opening brochure: “It must have seemed at times that the highway would never be completed, and the call for facts about the making of the highway never forthcoming. They [the highway builders] must have despaired as time slipped past and the progress of the highway slowed or stopped altogether because of events which seemed to have little bearing on the area through which the highway was being built.” In addition to the decades of toil, the highway cost great sums of money to build, money that sometimes ran out, shutting down construction, in some cases, for several years. Aside from trying to determine (or agree) where the road should go, the greatest hurdle in constructing the NCH over the years wasn’t the rugged landscape, but the almighty dollar. Many men dedicated their lives to building the NCH. Some were killed during the construction, a few buried in their rigs by rockfall. Others, most notably Methow orchardist George Zahn, died before the road became a reality. Zahn had accompanied highway department engineer “Ike” Munson, who advocated building the road via Granite Creek, on the 1956 horseback reconnaissance of the highway’s eventual path through the mountains. Zahn, who Munson said, “pretty near became the Highway Commission,” became a tremendous influence in the push to finish the road. He died one year and a week

before the opening. In the end it was an impressive, collective, decades-long effort, by the boosters and the engineers, the highway builders and even some politicians, that made this stretch of monstrous peaks and valleys passable by car.

A seasonal route

It still takes a fair bit of money and struggle to keep the roadway open. Adding to the allure of the North Cascades Highway is the fact that it is only open part of the year. Each winter, heavy snows and avalanches eventually (except in the memorably dry winter of 1976-77) shut down Highway 20 between Mazama and Ross Lake. Each spring Department of Transportation crews blow, push and scrape the road clear of snow and debris. One crew works with an assortment of heavy-duty blowers and front loaders from the east side of the crest. Another does the same battling their way from the west. After the road opens, the hazards of a North Cascades’ winter still loom as snow and debris can often dump unexpectedly across the roadway. Avalanche control work may still occur and the DOT stations a front loader near Washington Pass to keep the highway clear. But no one is guaranteeing anyone’s safety; your welfare is in your own hands. And it isn’t just snow that presents challenges and danger for the road crews and motorists. Flooding, mudslides, fire and rockslides cause

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damage and closures as well. Extensive damage from record-breaking rainfall in the final months of 2003 is still evident on the North Cascade Highway, particularly just east of Newhalem. Travelers will see the main area of this destruction when they slowly drive below the mountainside between Falls and Afternoon creeks. Here a gigantic ditch has been carved into the hillside that theoretically will stop future rockfall. All perilous danger aside, and in addition to its colorful history, the North Cascades Highway’s allure for present and future generations of travelers will mostly be for its scenic magnificence. And what a dramatic backdrop it is for the intrepid traveler! So the next time you cross the North Cascades Highway, savor the views, pull over often, go on a hike, take a tour of a dam or cruise across a lake, pick some berries, collect some wildflowers and breathe in that crisp mountain air. Considering how long it took to build the highway, you might as well take your time while passing through one of the greatest mountain ranges in the world.


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Towns of the Methow By Lillian Tucker

Photo by Sue Misao

Twisp is one of six towns dotting the Methow wilderness mecca.

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ou’ve probably come to the Methow Valley this summer to bask in the great outdoors. But while you’re scheduling that horseback ride, fishing trip, hike, mountain biking expedition, day at the lake and/or a climb at Fun Rock, think about penciling in some time to explore the little towns that dot this wilderness mecca.

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the banks of the Columbia River while defeating your manicure with a Pecan Sticky Bun from Pateros’ Sweet River Bakery – you won’t be sorry. When Highway 20 begins to descend from its carved-out place among the peaks of Liberty Bell and Silver Star Mountain, the first stop is Mazama. Four thousand, seven hundred feet below Goat Peak, this quiet town hangs back, almost hidden among the Douglas fir and ponderosa pine. Standing on the porch of the Mazama


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Country Store – the community hub – you can easily see that the town is not exactly bustling with commerce. But that is OK. Go inside the store, pull up a seat at the coffee counter and order a cup of joe. Conversation should come easy. Those few who call Mazama home have likely been waiting half the year for the pass to open and bring in fresh faces. While in town, take a stroll over the footbridge and make your way down to the river – you’ll find it refreshingly chilly even in July. Celebrate the fact that your cell phone can’t find service. Breathe in the stillness. And don’t forget to take advantage of the many nearby hiking trails. A little over a dozen miles down the road is Winthrop. This is where you will find most of the action. This Western-theme town has a lot to offer a visitor. Enjoy the creaking of the wooden planks beneath your feet as you wander from shop to shop. There is plenty you will want to pick up: that bathing suit you forgot to pack, a handmade mug from the Ashford Gallery or a new fishing lure. There is the glass-blowing shop on Riverside Avenue and an old-time photo parlor across the street. If second-hand shopping is your vice, check out the Red Hen Trading Company just up Pool Hall Hill. After a morning of shopping and posing for photos in a buckskin, grab a bite to eat or a cool something to drink at one of the many cafes and restaurants throughout the boardwalk-lined streets of town.

Photo by Paul Butler

Not exactly bustling with commerce, Mazama (above) is quietly hidden among the trees, but the entrepenuers come out on market day (right). Below, Winthrop’s boardwalks attract wandering musicians for the listening pleasure of shoppers and passersby.

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Further on down the road – or the river depending on how you like to travel – is Twisp. Boarding the confluence of the Methow and Twisp rivers this town is authentic, charming and, in the right light, a little rough around the edges. The Farmers Market on Continued on P. 8

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Saturday (morning till noon at the Community Center) is a favorite meeting place for locals and a great spot for a tourist to check out the craftsmanship of the Methow while letting the summer sun kiss your face. To get an even better feel for the community, head inside the old school that now serves as the civic center. There you will find a display of photos that capture the spirit of the people who make the valley their home. Later on in the evening you can jive with many of those same individuals at the Twisp River Pub; go for dinner and stay for the live music and dancing. Aside for the few alleged fairy sightings and the oc-

casional loose livestock, Carlton, eight miles south of Twisp, is a quiet town. It is a good place to park your RV and watch the Methow River slowly cast its shape upon the rocks. It is also a good place to cast a line. Whether you’re angling for cutthroat, rainbow or bull trout, you will find them here. Don’t let Carlton’s humble appearance fool you. The Carlton General Store is home to The Methow River Fly Shop which provides a full line of tying material and Photo by Sue Misao rents pontoon boats, waders and even rods. Trout season Saturday Farmers Market in Twisp is usually accompanied by talented musicians. opens June 1. As the river makes its than 300 people and boasts Grab your camera and spend make the drive just for the way south, it eventually exceptional viewing oppor- an afternoon exploring the dining experience. And if passes by the sleepy hamlet tunities. Here the valley has town and its surrounding by the end of the evening of Methow. A remnant of the opened up as the foothills landscape. you have fallen in love with Squaw Creek mining boom, of the Cascades gently bend Once you’ve satisfied the place you are in luck! the town is home to less down to greet the water. your creative eye, stop in Both the currently closed at Tim’s Methow Cafe for a Methow Store and the café romantic dinner. Residents are for sale. Coming to the end of of Winthrop and Twisp often

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The Old West town of Winthrop still sees the occasional horse-drawn carriage.

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Photo by Sue Misao

Wander through the sleepy hamlet of Methow.

Photo by Joyce Campbell

Escape the heat in the Methow River as it meanders through Carlton. the road you will find Pateros. It is here that the waters of the Methow merge with the great Columbia River. As Bob Dylan once sang, “She come up the Canadian Rockies where the crystal waters glide, Comes a-roaring down the canyon

to meet that salty tide.” Nestled right on the water’s calm edge, Pateros offers visitors the chance to enjoy a little piece of what Dylan claimed to be the world’s “greatest wonder.” The town’s waterfront park

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Greet the mighty Columbia River in Pateros.

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Take a walk on the Methow side By Amy Stork

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urrounded by public land, the Methow Valley is a hiker’s paradise. Waking up on a summer morning, the hiker need only struggle with a few questions, such as: How far do I want to drive? How much do I want to sweat? And what should I bring for lunch?

Step 1: pick a hike There are literally dozens of potential hikes within 20 miles of wherever you lay your head last night. We’ve listed just a few here (see sidebar) but you may want to do your own research. Hiking books listing area trails can be found at Trail’s End Bookstore and Winthrop Mountain Sports as well as the Mazama Country Store. I vote for Ira Spring and Harvey Manning’s 100 Hikes in Washington’s North Cascades National Park Region for its range – the volume lists a good variety of hikes from the Sawtooth lakes area (accessible from near Carlton, or up the Twisp River) north

to the Pasayten Wilderness (outside of Winthrop), and west into North Cascades National Park. Before July, hikers can usually expect to encounter snow on trails above 5,000 feet. The trail information section on the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests website shows the length and difficulty of all the trails in the Methow Ranger District – and the latest trail conditions and maintenance performed. For in-person advice, call or visit the Methow Ranger District office, located just outside of Winthrop at 24 West Chewuch Rd., 996-4003. If you’re not sure what your vehicle can handle, be sure to also ask about the road to the trailhead.

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Methow Valley Summer 2010 Spare yourself a hefty fine by picking up a Northwest Forest Pass, required at most area trailheads. Annual and daily passes are available at the Methow Ranger District office and at Winthrop Mountain Sports. Daily permits can also be purchased at some trailheads.

Step 3: hit the trail Although hiking is just about the safest and most obvious physical activity available to human beings, a few caveats do apply. While dogs are allowed throughout the national forest, they are not permitted in North Cascades National Park except on the Pacific Crest Trail, where they must be leashed. Keep dogs under control on any trail to prevent unwelcome encounters of all varieties. Horses are a common sight on local trails. Hikers should yield to horses, stepping off on the downhill side and standing still and keeping

Page 11 kids and dogs under control. The Methow area is home to hundreds of species of wildlife. In case you are lucky enough to encounter an animal, be alert. Wild animals are generally afraid of humans, but familiarize yourself with what to do if you run across a bear (summary: quietly back away) or cougar (summary: make noise and wave your arms) on the trail. Far more common dangers are sunburn, insects, and changeable weather. Be prepared with sunscreen, bug repellant, a first aid kit and extra clothes.

Step 4: replenish calories You’ve worked hard, now reward yourself. Be sure to spend the last half hour of your hike debating which general store, cafe or watering hole to choose for your post-walk iced or malted refreshments and a recap of the day’s adventures. Last one to the car gets to pick.

A few good hikes A short and random list from among the hundreds of hikes around the region.

Near Twisp

Lookout Mountain. Hike just 2.6 miles round trip on a mostly gentle trail through forested slopes to a wildflower-rich summit with nearly 360-degree views of the Methow Valley and Sawtooth mountains. From Twisp, drive west on Second Avenue for half a mile, then go left on Lookout Mountain Road, which soon turns into National Forest road 4400-20. Follow the road to its end, about five miles from town. Williams Lake. A long (15 miles round trip) but moderate hike with many switchbacks climbs through huckleberry forest and an old burn to open, shale-speckled hillsides and a fishable and swimmable (though chilly) lake. From Twisp, head west on Second Avenue (becoming Twisp River Road) for 11 miles, turn left on Forest Service Road 44 for 3.5 miles, then four miles on FS Road 4430 to the Williams Creek Trailhead.

Near Winthrop

Photo by Amy Stork

Hiking in the Methow will bring many beautiful surprises.

Patterson Mountain. A short (3.7 miles round trip), moderate loop off a paved road offers closeups of spring wildflowers, aspen groves and ponderosa pines plus big views of the North Cascades and the Methow Valley. From Twin Lakes Road, follow signs for Sun Mountain Lodge. Halfway down Patterson Lake, look for a small parking area on the left just past the entrance to the boat access (parking at the boat access requires a pass from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife – you got it with your

fishing license....). The trailhead is directly across. Copper Glance Lake. A tough but rewarding 6.6-mile roundtrip hike climbs an overgrown road to an old mine entrance, then ascends steeply to a chilly, granite-framed mountain lake. From Winthrop, drive north on East or West Chewuch Road to Eightmile Ranch. Take a left onto Forest Service Road 5130 (Eightmile Creek Road) and drive 13 miles to the signed trailhead.

Near Mazama

Cutthroat Lake. A nearly flat four-mile round trip hike to a pretty lake, or a well-graded longer (12 miles round trip) hike to a rocky mountain pass with spectacular views and a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. At milepost 167 on Highway 20 (about 20 miles west of Mazama), turn onto the Cutthroat Creek Road and drive a mile on a paved road to the trailhead. Goat Peak Lookout. A short (five-mile round trip) but hard hike up a larch-dotted mountainside to a lookout tower with spectacular views. The lookout is one of the few still staffed in the summer! From Winthrop drive west nine miles on Highway 20, turning right onto Goat Creek Road; or from Mazama drive south on Goat Creek Road. Turn north onto Forest Service Road 52; after 2.7 miles turn left on FS Road 5225. Drive 6.7 miles, turn right on FS Road 5225-200, and drive a final 2.9 miles to the trailhead.


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Looking for that smooth ride

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By Dylan Paschke

he Methow Valley, known for its mountain biking, skiing, hiking and fishing also offers a growing number of road biking opportunities that demonstrate quality over

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quantity. “Road biking is growing,” says Joe Brown of Methow Cycle & Sport. “People consider it a little more accessible and perhaps safer.” Road rides can also be more social than mountain biking, claims Brown. “There’s been a definite trend in the last half dozen years,” notes Winthrop Mayor and avid cyclist Dave Acheson. While the perception of the Methow outside the valley is of a great mountain biking location, the increase in road biking is, in a large part, driven by the local population, says Acheson. Road biking is a great way to get exercise without the jarring and smashing risks of mountain biking. In the Methow Valley, car traffic is used to seeing people moving along the side of the road on two wheels, and motorists here are generally friendly. The Methow Valley has many terrific resources for the visiting cyclist. Rita Kenny, of Winthrop Mountain Sports, suggests interested riders take a look at the store’s website (www.winthropmountainsports. com) for basic information, maps and a link to a local

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Smooth roads are few in number, but never dull. road-biking bulletin board. Rita herself is also a great reference for finding inspiring routes. Methow Cycle & Sport (www.methowcyclesport.com), and Winthrop Mountain Sports sell road-biking maps for the area as well as bike clothing and accessories. And

they both offer rental bikes. Another very good online resource is the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (www.mvsta.com). The main challenge to road biking in the Methow remains the limited amount of asphalt. “Many of the really nice rides are out and back,

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Methow River. And either route can be navigated in many combinations with connecting roads to make for any length trip. Some of the more popular rides in the area are the Chewuch loop and Andrew’s Creek routes from Winthrop. The Twisp River Road is also a terrific, moderately challenging 18-mile up-andback ride from Twisp. For the more ambitious, the area offers some intense hill climbing as well. The ride to Sun Mountain Lodge is full of curves and hills, Photo by Lillian Tucker but the reward is a truly The valley is host to the annual Methow Valley Tour, which brings stunning view of both the in hundreds of pro riders. Cascades and the valley. and the loops are quite short,” admits Brown. “You The ride up Highway 20 to the top of Loup Loup might cover the same territory a lot, but it’s pretty Pass is a challenging up (and up and up) and nice territory.” back. Washington Pass is also a nice climb and is Regardless of the length of the tarmac, the approximately 32 miles one-way from Winthrop valley has many routes for all levels of cycling. The to the summit. 11-mile-long Twisp-Winthrop Eastside Road is right The Summer Time Trial Series will again be outside the door from either Winthrop or Twisp running this year. Organized by Acheson, this and offers impressive views and very little traffic. summer’s time trials will meet at Eightmile SnoAlong the same level is the Twisp-Carlton Road, Park for the Chewuch ride. The time trial is a 10-mile which parallels the highway on the west side of the ride with interval starts.

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“We usually get between six to 12 people and it is super low key, said Acheson. ” The events, starting May 11, are free. Check the bulletin boards on the MVSTA and Methow Cycle & Sport for other local group ride information.

Photo by Joyce Campbell

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Single-track bliss on the bike trails By Georgina Tobiska

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ountain biking in the Methow Valley rivals the best in the world. The rugged alpine areas at high elevation, the variation in landscape and views and the vast miles of single-track have made the Methow a special mountain biking destination. Recently, new efforts of community collaboration are making the mountain biking experience in the Methow even better. The success in trail improvements follows a classic Methow pattern of cooperation between nonprofits, landowners, Forest Service officials, businesses and proactive individuals. These groups are helping to resurrect trails, improve

existing routes and make single-track more accessible to all through trail maintenance and work parties. The work of Joe Brown a nd Ju l ie Muyl laer t at Methow Cycle & Sport has been seminal in this effort. Brown and Muyllaert have spearheaded partnerships between the Forest Service, t he Smokejumper Base, Steve Fischer (who maintains the Sun Mountain trails), James DeSalvo (the MVSTA trail boss) and the Methow Valley Backcountry Horseman in stewardship for the benefit of all. Last year, says Muyllaert, the collaboration accomplished several improvements in response to mountain bikers’ requests for improved trail maintenance, signage and maps. Photo by Paul Butler

Topping out at Cutthroat Pass, a spectacular single-track ride.

Photo courtesy of Kristen Smith/MVPhotography

Parking is plentiful along the hillside bike trails.

The two major areas improved were the West Fork of the Methow Trail and the Pearrygin Creek Trail. Kristen Smith has also been instrumental in many of the improvements to mountain bike trails both through her work as events director for MVSTA and her personal contributions. Smith looks to other successful mountain biking communities like Whistler, and places in British Columbia, Utah, Colorado and else-

where that are turning into mountain biking hotspots because of their dedicated focus on trails. “These are the examples we can look up to of com mu n it ies t hat have worked toget her to enhance the mountain bike opportunities,” said Smith. Up-to-date signage and mapping are key to improvement. Last year, Smith signed the Buck Mountain Trail, a much-appreciated effort for an area that makes

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the top of the list for many local riders. Alison Hanks, a Methow resident mountain biker, cites Buck Mountain as her favorite ride in the valley for its views and varied single-track. “It has all the elements of a perfect Methow Valley mountain bike trail – accessible, aerobic, flowing, and incredible views,” she said. Another improvement for mountain bikers is a t hree-map series of all mountain bike trails in the


Methow Valley Summer 2010 Met how Valley. Darrell Sofield of Amazing Maps has created topographic maps in the last two years, and avid riders are finding them indispensable. The maps are descriptive of all mountain biking trails in terms of access, terrain, interest points, camping and parking and are useful for hikers as well. The maps are available for purchase at Winthrop Mountain Sports, Methow Cycle & Sport and

Page 15 other valley businesses. These efforts by many individuals add up to more quality trails for mountain bikers to enjoy. “We are working hard to ensure that we continue to have high quality riding here in the Methow,” says Brown, “by coordinating trail work parties and events that highlight our trails.” The Methow Cycle & Sport Mou ntai n Challenge is scheduled for June 26-27

Photo courtesy of Kristen Smith/MVPhotography

New and improved bike trails are enticing more riders out into the hills.

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View the lush, green forest on two wheels.

and will be located at Loup Loup Ski Bowl, a new venue for mountain bikers. “This is only possible through our collaborative work with the Forest Service and local ranger district,”

this and other stewardship of the trails may contact Joe Brown and Julie Muyllaert at Methow Cycle & Sport for information. Look for other trail parties to be announced shortly.

said Brown. This year, on National Trails Day – June 5 – the collaboration is tackling the Bear Creek Figure Eight Trail. Community members interested in participating in

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Backcountry running: breaking out of the pack By Marcy Stamper

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t’s a far cry from putting in half an hour on the basement treadmill or taking 20 laps around an oval track – running on deer trails through mountain scenery and over alpine passes – and that’s certainly part of the attraction. “I love the fact that in a six-hour run I can get pretty far in the Pasayten,” said Erik Brooks, a trail runner who lives outside of Winthrop. “I started doing trail running because I was a cross-country runner in college, but I was more attracted to doing long distances slower, not short distances faster,” he said. While many trail runners are also ultramarathoners, undertaking 50- or even 100-mile runs, others embrace the sport because it gives them an opportunity to see spectacular country and to run on varied terrain. “I run thousands of miles a year on trails,” said Methow Valley resident James Varner, who has made trail running part of his livelihood. “I enjoy trail running for the solace, simplicity and solitude; and for the connection I make to the places I run,” he said. Despite the grueling distances and steep climbs, trail running is often fairly relaxed. People may walk up hills to avoid overextending themselves and typically run more slowly than in road running, said Brooks. For Mazama resident Alison Hanks, much of the sport is mental. “It sounds kind of cheesy, but trail running is like a microcosm of life. You have ups and downs, but there is also the impermanence – the bad parts never last, but the good parts can also be fleeting,” she said. Hanks finds her runs are meditative. “The rhythm of running, the movement of my feet, going with my breath – it’s unlike anything else I’ve ever done,” she said. Hanks was an avid backpacker before she took up trail running and, while she likes being able to cover more ground in the course of a day, she missed waking up in the mountains. Today Hanks likes to include what some trail runners call “fastpacking,” which entails going out overnight

Photo by John Hanron

Solace, simplicity and solitude accompany a backcountry runner on the trail, even in the middle of a race. with a very light pack, extra food and water, and a tarp or sleeping bag. Hanks also uses these outings to practice navigating a trail in the dark with a headlamp. For Hanks, who has completed one 100-mile ultramarathon and is training for another later this year, it is important to get used to not only being awake, but running for 24 hours straight. “Trail running poses more challenges than running on pavement, such as mud and snow; fallen trees, rocks and roots; extreme weather,

route finding, wild animals and creek crossings,” said Varner. But experiencing these “obstacles” is in fact why many trail runners leave the roads in the first place, he said. Despite these hurdles, trail running is generally less punishing for the body than running on a road or other hard surface. Physical therapist and runner Colleen Ryan, at Winthrop Physical Therapy, said trail running is good for muscles because it is more dynamic and makes the athlete more focused. Turning corners and dealing with roots and rocks is also beneficial, because runners use muscles differently to respond to different conditions, she said. For anyone new to trail running, Ryan recommends alternating two-minute intervals of walking with running and gradually lengthening the stages. Building core and hip strength and developing a good sense of balance provide the best protection from injuries, she said. Runners also have to be sure they can eat over the course of a long run. Hanks favors peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches, but others look to burritos or salted baked potatoes to get enough high-protein, high-fat foods and carbohydrates. “Counting on your love handles to get you through a run is no way to go – trust me,” said Varner. Most runners use a backpack with a water bladder to remain properly hydrated. Brooks carries handheld water bottles and iodine tablets to treat water from streams. Many trail runners wear regular road shoes, but some look for a more aggressive tread or mesh to allow water to seep out more easily. Some trail-running shoes have a shield under the ball of the foot to protect it from rocks. “One thing that’s neat about trail running and racing,” said Brooks, “is if you look at the results, it typically skews to an older age group.” “It’s never too late to start,” said Hanks. “People in their seventies run 100-mile races. People can surprise themselves with what they can do.”

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Rockspeak: Elevate your terminology

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By Paul Butler

he pastime of defying gravity via clawing upward, hopefully, on a chunk of rock is a popular one in the Methow Valley and the surrounding North Cascades mountains. From cliffs and escarpments on the valley floor to ragged granite spires piercing the sky above mountain passes, the Methow Valley offers excellent access to a variety of climbing possibilities. Climbing, in all its variations, is often misunderstood to one degree or another. It is common for the uninitiated to wonder, “Just how do they get those ropes up there?� Given that climbing has a rich history around these parts and that the sport can be a bit obtuse for those not in the know, defining some common climbing terms could be handy, especially if you end up conversing with a real honest-togoodness climber. Aid climbing: A method of ascension by which a leader steps in

inordinate amount of time. Approach: The path or route that one follows, or attempts to, in order to reach the base (or starting point) of the actual climbing. Some climbing efforts never get past the approach part. Belay: The act of safeguarding a climber using a rope and a friction device (or one’s hips) in case of a fall. Descent: The path or route by which one goes down from whatever he just climbed; this often involves rappelling, down-climbing and traveling in the darkness. Fixed gear: Climbing gear that is permanently attached to the rock. Photo by Paul Butler

A climber on belay seconds a pitch near the top of the popular Beckey Route on Liberty Bell Mountain. slings, pulls on gear and implements other such means and trickery to move upwards.

Anchor: Usually a bomber protection point, from which a climber belays, rappels or spends an

Free climbing: A common method of roped climbing, where one ascends using only hands, feet and other body parts. The rope and gear are only used in the case of a fall.


Methow Valley Summer 2010 Free soloing: Similar to free climbing but without the rope and involving much more commitment. Gripped: Where a climber is panicking for whatever reason. Leader: A climber who goes first and clips the rope periodically into protection while ascending. The leader is often referred to as being on the “sharp end” of the rope. Pitch: A section of rock, ice or snow, of any given length, between the ground and an anchor, or between anchors on a route. Protection: Used in conjunction with a rope to safeguard climbers from a fall or to attach them to the rock. Protection can be natural such as boulders and trees, or man-made like chocks, bolts, or camming devices. Rappelling: A method used to lower oneself down the rope using a belay/rappel device. Also known as abseiling. Rope soloing: Climbing alone yet using a rope for protection or aid climbing. Route: The established path of ascent up the rock or mountain. Route finding is often a challenge onto itself.

Page 19 Runout: A situation where the leader has scant protection in place and could take a huge fall. Often used in conjunction with being gripped. Second: The climber who follows a pitch, after the leader, and who often will clean or remove all the protection the leader has placed. Topping out: Reaching the top of a route, sometimes onto a mountain summit, that signifies you’re halfway from where you started. Top roping: A common type of climbing where the rope runs up a pitch from the belayer through an anchor and back down to a climber and is much less committing than lead climbing. Traditional climbing: A method of climbing where one is generally placing and removing their protection as they ascend. This often involves multi-pitch routes where cracks in the rock are predominantly used to move upward. Sport climbing: A method of climbing where one primarily uses bolts fixed in the rock for protection. This can be on either single or multi-pitch routes, though generally it is the former. Also referred to as cragging.

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Many local climbers enjoy the top-roping opportunities at Mazama’s Fun Rock.


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The blessings of water

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By Bob Spiwak

lac iers for med the Methow Valley and in t he wake and melt, the Methow River was born. Along the way, lakes large and small, low and high altitude, were created. The end result is an area blessed with aquatic recreation of many sorts. For the adventurous, there is Osprey River Adventures, owned by Dave Dunn of Twisp. When the water in the river gets high, usually May and June, Osprey has a fleet of rafts that run the river, offering shuttle service and on one route, lunch as well. The upper segment of the river offers a more sedate drift with the current, with no major white water and ideal for nature watching, and benign enough for little children. The real exciting trip begins at the bridge below the village of Methow and traverses waters ranging from placid to class 3 rapids. In these latter runs, there is little occasion for bird watching as the entire crew will be busy paddling and listening for the experienced guides’ shouts of, “Paddle right, paddle left, back paddle...” all of which will be explained at a pre-launch briefing. For additional information, call Osprey at 997-4116.

Photo courtesy of Osprey River Adventures

For adventurous rafters and kayakers, the Methow River offers everything from easy placid drifting through turbulent class 3 rapids. The fast water is not of the river as well. Drift ones on the heavily stocked only for rafting. The stretch boats, whether fishing or lake in the state park. During from Winthrop to Twisp, merely riding the current, the day, the water is shared and even down to Carlton are a familiar sight on the with skiers and boarders and the fishing experience is ideal for open canoes as water. Mention fishing and can sometimes be sullied well as kayakers. The more hardy of the latter go for the depending on your inclina- by loud engines, shouts and lower segment, playboating tion, almost anything that the discomforting rocking in the rapids, paddling and floats will do the job. From of your small boat as an deliberately going nowhere paddling platforms, through overpowered large-engined on the crest of a standing eight-foot prams to small craft zooms by. If a quieter, more tranwave. There is enough cur- cruisers, all can be found rent for tubing and simply at Pearrygin Lake as their quil atmosphere is desired, floating the upper reaches occupants seek out the big there are three lakes close

together on the road to Sun Mountain Lodge. Big and Little Twin lakes offer fine trout fishing and are usually uncrowded. We could refer to them as “lazy lakes,” because the atmosphere is so laid back on the small bodies of water. Equally tranquil is the considerably larger Patterson Lake, farther up the road to Sun Mountain. There is a public launch area and parking lot near the west end of the lake, and a guest dock and beach at the Sun Mountain cabin complex on the lake. The fishing includes perch, small bass and a range of trout from pan size to a barbecue meal for four. The lake depths in the middle range from twelve to 93 feet, according to our depth finder. There are places all along the shoreline to tie up and enjoy a picnic, a leg stretch, or simply lie in a chaise or on shore and take a sunny snooze. At times, hefty west winds will come up, usually in the afternoon, and make paddling a bit of a chore. But this lake is sublimely quiet, other than for the sporadic sound of a vehicle going by, and at times even this is drowned out at the east end by the red wing blackbirds. The upper end of Pearrygin, for the birdwatcher and/or photographer in


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Photo by Sue Misao

Get some wind in your sails on Patterson Lake...

canoe or kayak is an ideal place to hang out. There are shore birds, songbirds, muskrats, beaver and a host of other wildlife in these shallows, where t he propellered craft cannot go. There is something c a l m i ng to sit i n a l ig ht waterc ra f t and look up to drifting cumulus clouds through a screen of cattails. These are but a few of the water trails in the Methow. There are high mountain lakes to fish from a tube, the Columbia River into which the Methow empties – all within an hour of Winthrop. Whatever your druthers are for a waterborne experience, it can be found right here, in or near the beautiful Methow Valley.

Photo by Sue Misao

...or catch a wave on the river.


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Twisp pool is a big splash

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ummer is here, the heat is on, and the Twisp pool is open for some refreshing fun in the sun. Starting June 12 the pool is open every day and boasts an extensive line up of scheduled events, including water aerobics, lap swims,

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swim lessons for the kids and private lessons for all ages. The ever-popular swim lessons are a great way to get kids started in becoming strong swimmers for life. And, with well-qualified kid-friendly instructors, small class sizes, and four

Photo by MacLeod Pappidas

It’s refreshing fun in the sun all summer long at the Twisp swimming pool. skill levels to choose from, it is no wonder that the word is out on just how special and unique the experience is to

learn how to swim in Twisp. After all, Twisp’s track record for training some of the best young swimmers

in the region is renowned – being home of the undefeated county champions – the Methow Killer Whales – since 2005. “I heard that Twisp offers great swim lessons for kids,” says Deni Maxwell, Snohomish resident, “so I’m signing our kids up for this summer. We’re intending to stay in the valley for two weeks where the weather is usually great, the lessons

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Photo by Lillian Tucker

It doesn’t get any better than this on a hot summer day.

are affordable, and it’s just a good excuse to enjoy all the things to do in the Methow Valley.” “The pool is the greatest place to be on a hot summer day,” says Twisp’s pool manager, Lori Rodio, “It’s perfect for everyone. We’ve got a zero-depth pool for the little ones, with a fountain and kiddie slide, and a big slide and diving board for the older kids in another area. And, there are all the aerobic classes, and lap swims available at different times of the day, too. “Once you get to the pool you can make a day of it. We have a great eating area with tables and chairs off to the side of the pool so you can just bring a cooler with lunch and snacks, or get a stamp and you can come back in after a visit to town,” adds Rodio. Easily accessible by foot, bike, or car from anywhere in Twisp and its environs, the pool is centrally located, surrounded by the natural

Photo by John Hanron

There’s plenty of room to stretch out between swims. beauty and serenity of the Twisp and Methow rivers, and the Twisp Park, with all its usual amenities of playground, picnic shelter, basketball court and bandstand (where local art and music events often take place in the summer months). Enjoy a refreshing escape from the heat of the sun with some healthy, safe, and fun activity in the great outdoors.

With so much to offer, a trip to the pool can easily be part of an all-day outing. The pool costs $4 per adult and $2.25 for kids (7-17 years old, free for 6 and under). For more information about hours of operation, a full list of class schedules, and enrollment refer to www. townoftwisp.com, or call: 9975441 (pool), 997-4081 (town hall).


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The view from the saddle By Stacey Chisam

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, keep them doggies rollin’, man my ass is swollen, Rawhide!

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ou don’t have to be an ad exec suffering from a midlife crisis to belt this song out on a horseback ride – especially in the Methow Valley. From your saddle you’ll see breathtaking views, and feel so relaxed that you’ll find it impossible to resist the urge to channel Billy Crystal. There is no shortage of riding options in the Methow Valley, giving visitors the opportunity to ride for as long as they’d like, in the location of their choice. For folks who want an easy trail ride highlighting glorious mountain-top views, Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop offers trips every day for guests and visitors. “Reservations are great but you can call us on the day you want to ride and with so many trips available, we’ll probably be able to fit you in,” admits Bret Alumbaugh, activities director for Sun Mountain

Photo by Dana Sphar

The Methow Valley Backcountry Horsemen’s Spring Ride kicks off the season. Lodge. Private trail rides for more experienced riders are also available. “On a private ride you get to cover

more ground and really see the whole world from up there,” says Kit Cramer, the lodge’s lead wrangler,

who has been riding in the valley for over 20 years and still appreciates the sweeping vistas on every ride. Cramer also operates Kit’s Livery Stable, which is open yearround for overnight boarding with individual pens for every horse. If not everyone in your group wants to sit in a saddle, Sun Mountain’s cowboy dinner and cowboy breakfast rides are a popular choice, as they provide visitors with the option to ride on horseback or in a wagon. Up to 18 riders and 15 people in a horse-drawn wagon travel together to a tasty Western BBQ dinner or a cowboy breakfast at the Hough Homestead. “The wagon rides really are a great option for non-riders or kids under 8 years old,” Alumbaugh points out. “They can meet up with the horseback riders in their group at the homestead and still enjoy the meal together.” For additional trail riding options, check out the Chewack River Guest Ranch in Winthrop and the


Methow Valley Summer 2010 Walking D Ranch Adventures in Twisp. For the more adventurous, there are several outfitters in the Methow offering overnight pack trips that immerse riders in the natural scenic beauty that this valley has to offer. Cascade Wilderness Outfitters is a family-owned business that started back in 1934. They cater to groups (families, hunting parties, etc.) and specialize in deluxe overnight pack trips from four to 10 days for riders as young as 6, regardless of skill level. Owner Steve Darwood is grateful that pack trips have changed with the times. “It’s not beans and weenies anymore! You eat REAL food on these trips,” chuckles Darwood. “Our guests enjoy tasty Dutch-oven meals like chicken cordon bleu or breakfast casserole. All they need is their personal gear to have the trip of a lifetime.” Early Winters Outfitters in Mazama also offers pack trips ranging from overnight up to 10 days, and can accommodate groups as large as 30. “We like to customize trail rides to suit the needs of our clients, and we also design trips for fishermen, photographers and hunters who want to take advantage of the nature and wildlife the Methow Valley has to offer,” shares owner Aaron Burkhart, who has been riding in the Methow for almost 50 years. Burkhart’s team also leads daily trail rides in addition to drop camps, where visitors can hike or ride on horseback into their destina-

Page 25 tion and they’ll pack in all the necessary gear for the adventure. Want to brush up on your riding skills while you’re here? Moccasin Lake Ranch offers private Western or English lessons for all levels. “We’re a working cattle ranch so in addition to lessons, we do offer Western trail riding too,” says program director Annie Budiselich, “but we also provide horses trained in dressage and jumping for guests to ride.” Like Cramer, Budiselich recommends scheduling a private trail ride for more experienced riders. “If you want to put your skills to use, our private rides have access to 2,500 acres of land either on or adjacent to Moccasin Lake to explore.” For special needs guests that would like to ride, this is the place. Methow Valley Riding Unlimited, a non-profit that operates out of Moccasin Lake Ranch, is a program that works with special needs riders and is open to the public. Bear Creek Equestrian Center in Winthrop also offers lessons and can board horses as well. What makes riding in the Methow Valley so special? “Everything came here on horseback,” explains Cramer. “The valley was originally settled by trappers and miners who brought what they needed to start a life here, so when you’re riding in the valley, you’re a part of its heritage.”

Photo by Dana Sphar

A local mule sneaks a peak.

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Weather overture By Bill Biddle Sumer is icumen in, Lhude sing cuccu! Groweth sed, and bloweth med, And springth the wude nu– Sing cuccu! –Cuckoo Song (circa 1250)

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date. Photo courtesy of Kyle Northcott

Summer weather in the Methow can be poetic and musical, with you as conductor.

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hat a grand poetic overture to a Methow summer! With you, the reader, as conductor – let the music begin. The poetic overture is in two parts – the first anonymous, the second the opening quatrain of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18. Both parts bring all the salient weather facts to the fore for Methow summer 2010. You, the conductor, can now get the best performances from your players and your singers as Weatherwatch takes you through the four movements entitled May, June, July, August. Don’t rush the music! Summer’s lease is all too short; the woodwinds may be too boisterous; the singers may be too loud and go cuckoo; temperate weather is what you are after in this production. Go for it! Weatherwatch is the producer here, so if you want plaudits and pennies after the performance, you will have to follow the notes on these pages of the summer guide. Read carefully – there will be a spot quiz at the end of the assignment. But, most of all, enjoy the Methow summer 2010: It will be music to your ears. May will be wetter and cooler than normal. The snow alongside the North Cascades Highway will take longer to melt. Skiing into Rainy Lake or Cutthroat Lake will be possible well into the month. Rain in the valley during the second week and the final week will total over an inch, with some areas of the valley having brief gulley washers. A mid-May cold snap will be a reminder that winter still lurks in the wings and the orchestra pit better be alert. (Conductor pay attention!)

Second Movement: And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days; Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays. Quick quiz for the conductor – Are you in tune to the music as the earth is? James Russell Lowell (1819-1891), who wrote these lines, wants to make sure that your warm ear listens to all that June offers. This month of the solstice will be warm and dry most of the time. Thunderstorms will clatter up and down the valley during the second week and the final week. Lightning will dance on the ridges; thunder will boom like a row of kettle drums. But you as conductor have the orchestra in control. Nobody has gone cuckoo yet! July in the valley will confirm the old adage: “There are two seasons in the Methow – winter and the Fourth of July.” Yes, the Fourth will be HOT – temperatures in the high 90s! A week more of this heat and the orchestra is about ready to play a finale. August. A fiery finish for this performance. More thunder and lightning will set off some forest fires, but rain following the storms will dampen the fires and cooler weather during the final week will close the performance. The audience has enjoyed the performance. You revel in the applause, but you know in your heart that it was the music that they liked. The earth was in tune and you merely helped carry the notes along. Quiz as promised: Who wrote the quatrain that was the second part of the overture? (No fair looking!)


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Stop, look and listen for wildlife By Eric Burr

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irdwatching is a great way to prepare for seeing the rest of nature. Binoculars, field guides, and patience are basic starters.

Spotting scopes are an option that almost guarantee you’re not disturbing wildlife, and if bears are your interest, a scope might be a safety issue. I don’t own one, but as a retired park ranger and naturalist, I’ve had a career lifetime to work on patience. Even working in Denali National Park, I hiked without a scope. Denali has grizzlies, and part of my job was keeping track of them, plus backpackers and wildlife photographers. This often required moving fast, to prevent dangerous wildlife encounters. Spotting scopes are not compatible with moving fast. Your personal objectives indicate which type of gear is helpful. Field techniques for extending your observations beyond birds, include tracking, off-trail travel, and being alert to wind direction. Tracking is easiest with fresh snow, but old snow can also provide useful clues. Even the high country’s snow patches of summer often register signs of who, how long ago, and which direction to look. Going out early in the day, and early in the spring can often provide tracking snow. Following trails wide enough that human tracks don’t obliterate the critter tracks is also advantageous. Ski trails and wildlife go together in many ways, but MVSTA’s wide trails are ideal even without snow. Trails like River Run above Early Winters at Arrowleaf, which are hiker-only in summer, mean even less disturbance. Arrowleaf’s River Run also enjoys the sanctuary of the Trust for Public Land’s conservancy, and the de-facto wilderness of adjacent Driveway Butte. Wilderness areas are often associated with wildlife viewing, but as with “bushwhacking,” the truth often lies elsewhere. Most of our Wilderness trails are currently not maintained, forcing most hikers and horses to crowd onto the few trails that are. If you’re agile enough to climb over logs, and sharp-eyed enough to look for old tree blazes and

Photo by Sue Misao

Birdwatching gets exotic where the Methow River meets the Columbia River.

Photo by John Hanron

Some wildlife, such as deer, are a common sight and require no bushwhacking. cut log ends, there are lots of old trails you can follow into prime wildlife habitat that require little actual whacking of bushes. If you do encounter overgrown brushy trails, or choose to follow game trails, slow down. Instead of “bushwhacking,” try slipping through as quietly as possible, unless you’re in grizzly country. Brush and grizzlies require noise and wind at your back, or better yet go around the brush. On the other hand, if you want to see wildlife, and you’re not in the brush, go slow, go quietly, stop often to look and listen, put the wind in your face, and you don’t need to go that far. Crowded trails are not usually the best places for wildlife. Avoid people trails altogether, unless birdwatching is your primary goal. A group of well-coordinated birdwatchers, including at least one who can identify birds by ear, have the advantage of more eyes and more knowledge. Grizzly country, too, is a good place not to go alone, for safety, and more eyes looking at a safe distance. Wildlife management requires knowledge of what’s out there, and volunteers are needed to supplement the depleted ranks of professionals. The Christmas and backyard bird counts are well known, but reliable sightings, preferably photographs, of other wildlife are valuable, too. Remote cameras are in increasing use, and if you travel off trail you’re likely to come across one. A dangling aluminum foil plate or other moving shiny object may be your first clue. Next, look for freshly

strung barbed wire. This is one form of hair trap, for DNA analysis samples. These remote stations are supplementing, and increasingly replacing the invasive capture, tag, and radio-collar techniques. Do not disturb these setups, but do report them, along with any significant wildlife. Many NGOs are active in the wildlife field now, literally. Remote cameras in the North Cascades are serviced by Conservation Northwest volunteers. Becoming involved with one of these organizations will yield access to many knowledgeable people with shared interests. Here’s an introduction: National Wildlife Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife, Audubon, Ducks Unlimited, International Wolf Center, and Canadian Wildlife Federation.

Photo by Sue Misao

The Methow is home to several species of reptiles.


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Photo by Sue Misao

Photo by David Harris

Gallery:

The strange days of summer

Photo by Paul Butler

Photo by Sue Misao

Photo by Sue Misao

Whether it’s deer on the city streets, warning shots from an Old West outhouse, reminders not to hunt on school grounds, strange encounters with goats or checking in at the office in the middle of your wilderness experience, summer in the Methow rarely fails to offer up an occasional dose of the weird.

Photo by Paul Butler

Photo by Paul Butler

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Beneath summer’s pretty veneer By Sue Misao

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Butterflies are free, flowers are not.

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ummer is always an interesting time of year, if you find things like the “time of year” interesting. In theory, the summer season begins on Memorial Day and ends at Labor Day, implying that between worrying about your death and contemplating your dead-end job you should at least get in a little paragliding, hiking and mountain biking, jump in a lake or go climb a rock. Those things may or may not pay the rent, but it’s what we do, here, in America. In the Methow, we are lucky summer doesn’t bring monsoons, but if it did we probably wouldn’t call them that. Our big summertime weather event is always fire. Monsoons would get in the way of that. Most people hope we don’t have a fire, but there are some people – not just firefighters and cooks – who secretly love a giant raging wildfire so long as it isn’t coming straight at them in the next 10 minutes. It’s exciting. Once you add the helicopters it’s downright warlike. Summer is the best time of year for other things, in-

cluding having your car break down or running out of firewood. It’s also a convenient season to not go on vacation, since this is probably where you used to go for vacation before you moved here and stopped having vacations. The best part of summer is the way colors clash without upsetting us. The colors of summer are often so ruthlessly vibrant they are nearly painful to look at, which explains why human people don’t normally dress in them. As sensible and compassionate beings, we’re careful not to traumatize those around us. Flowers don’t care, and

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Paragliding: Jumping off a perfectly good mountain By Ashley Lodato

Photo courtesy of David Harris

Birds do it, why not you?

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ou’ve just hiked up Goat Peak. You’re enjoying the view when a couple of other hikers approach the summit and pull out of their packs not water bottles, but… yards of fabric? They clip themselves to the fabric using a harness, the fabric billows and fills with air, and they float away into the sky. No jumping, no dramatic launches. Paragliders simply fill a fabric “wing” with air, establishing an airfoil, then they are gently lifted off the ground. It’s all about the wing, says the valley’s veteran pilot, Dave Verbois, “you need a wing that allows lift.” You see birds do it all the time; it’s the same aerodynamics. The only thing is, birds

were born to fly, whereas paragliders… well, in talking to several pilots, I came to believe that they were born to fly, too. Verbois says that he has long been fascinated with human flight. He started making model airplanes as soon as he had the manual dexterity to do so and got his pilot’s license at age 20. The possibilities of flight captivated local pilot Seth Miles from a young age, too. “I had a recurring flying dream when I was young,” says Miles. “In my dream I’d be on the playground and I’d just lift up and soar above the school. Or I’d be flying a big kite and the kite would tug me hard enough to lift me in the air for a second, and I’d wonder ‘what if’?” Like many paragliders, Miles was on his way

to earning his fixed-wing pilot’s license when he was introduced to paragliding. “Paragliding just takes flying one step further,” says Verbois. “You’re almost like a bird. No engine, you’re relying on your own ability to find thermals or lift to stay in the air.” With so many options for non-mechanized airborne activities these days, it’s easy to confuse them. Parachutists (or B.A.S.E. jumpers) use a packed (then opened) parachute to descend safely from a high point to a low one, while hang-gliders’ and paragliders’ goal is to stay airborne as long as possible; they use columns of rising air (thermals) and other air currents to stay aloft. Paragliding differs from hang-gliding primarily in


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Page 31 higher performance,” notes Verbois. Keep your eyes on the skies, because you’re likely to see more and more of these wings in the air as the sport gains popularity. “It’s actually not a sport,” Verbois laughs, “it’s more of an addiction. It’s just sheer magic how we move. It makes people say, ‘Wow, I want to do that’.”

Photo courtesy of David Harris

Paragliding offers mountain views not normally obtained during the everyday walk of life. wing construction. Hanggliders use a rigid framed wing, while paragliders use a frameless wing whose shape is created by air pressure. Everything a paraglider needs fits into a small backpack weighing about 30 pounds, so a paraglider has access to any high point he can hike to, while the hang-glider – whose equipment is heavier and more cumbersome – is limited to drive-up launch sites. This is a significant benefit, particularly in the Methow, says Verbois, where the best launch sites are walk-ups. “We have terrific flying here, but you have to be able to hike with your gear to access most of our launches,” says Verbois. “Gorgeous sites, great lift. I’ve flown in the Alps, Israel...many other beautiful places. I’d put the Methow up against those sites any day.” Miles, who trained with Verbois, echoes the sentiment. “Mountain flying opens up many route pos-

sibilities because there are so many lift points. You can fly cross-country for long distances, catching thermals along the way. And the opportunity to see the features of the mountains from different angles is incredible.” To t he u n i n it iated, paragliding looks patently dangerous, but with proper training, amateur meteorology, and good judgment, a paraglider can fly his whole career without an injury. “There are deaths every year,” says Verbois, “but they’re almost always due to pilot error. There are old pilots and there are bold pilots but there are no old, bold pilots. You can make this activity as safe or as dangerous as you choose.” Equipment improvements have made the sport safer, too. In the nearly two decades that Verbois has been flying, the wing technology has advanced considerably. “Everything is computer generated for

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Gliders prepare to launch at Flagg Mountain, near Mazama.


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ummertime means hot sunny weather in the Methow Valley, but it is also the season for nature’s restorative and sometimes infernal wildfire. Visitors to the valley can prepare to avoid wildfire, take precautions for it and do their part to prevent it. Residents have learned to live with it by being prepared and knowing that the local firefighting community is well prepared to protect lives and property. “If you are concerned about visibility or smoke, have no fear,” said Paula Christen, office manager at the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association. “Call up one of our information centers or look at the webcams.” “Double check to see how close it is,” said Christen. “The news reports always make it sound like the fire is downtown when it could be 50 miles away.” If you are planning a

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Photo by John Hanron

Fire is dangerous, smoky and bothersome, but it does have its colorful moments. trip into the backcountry, the Wilderness or just going camping on the national forest, call ahead to see if there are fires burning in the area

you want to go, advised Jennifer Zbyszewski, recreation manager for the local ranger district. Sometimes there are area or road closures due

to fires that are not in the national news, and visitors can change plans and go to another area. If you are already here

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in a campground and the Forest Service feels that fire is moving toward the area, “we will come and evacuate you,” said Zbyszewski. They also drive the roads looking for people who are camped along roads and try to get everybody out. “It’s very important to fill out Wilderness trail permits,” said Zbyszewski. Though not required, the free permits are the most valuable tools for the sheriff department’s search and rescue assistance when there is fire danger. “Even on a clear day and not a fire in sight, put that Wilderness permit in the little box. That is important.” Sometimes a hiker will be the first to find a fire, especially if it’s small and in the middle of nowhere, according to Zbyszewski. “If somebody sees a fire it doesn’t hurt to call in and notify the district. “We have very, very talented people and good resources for getting people out of harm’s way.” Many valley residents are trained wildland firefighters who work with the local fire district, state and forest service crews and private fire suppression contractors. Last year was a busy fire year, with about 100 starts,


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MAZAMA RANCH HOUSE Photo by MacLeod Pappidas

See flames? Call it in and watch our local firefighters spring into action. according to Methow Valley District Ranger Michael Liu. The fires stayed small and the largest was 83 acres. “Thankfully, we had a lot of resources.” Even more resources were available and needed in 2006, when the Tripod Complex Fire was ignited by lightning in July and wasn’t contained until the end of October. It burned more than175,000 acres, mostly on the Methow and Tonasket districts of the national forest. Visitors can get a look at what it takes to fight fires by visiting the birthplace of smokejumping at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base near Winthrop. The Forest Service facility has ramped up this year to 1970s levels with nearly 40 jumpers and is open daily for drop-in tours from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. With the snowpack for this year well below the average, the possibility of more wildfires is above average, according to Scott Miller, manager of the Okanogan County Emergency Services Department. To help save lives and prevent or reduce damage caused by wildfires the department offers tips on what to do before a wildfire, when a fire is threatening and during an evacuation. Information on making an evacuation plan, a designated safety zone, a supply kit that includes 72-hours of emer-

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But there is a course at either end of the valley and a few we’ll mention out of the area that are worth the drive. Outside Wi nt h rop a couple of miles is Bear Creek Golf Course; a nine-holer, twice around from different tees for 18. It appears at first glance to be a pussycat. It’s not. The greens are small and the distances are long with a couple of thigh-strengthening uphill climbs included. Luckily, carts are available, and greens fees are moderate. The mountain views are splendid. Near Pateros, Alta Lake GC is an 18-hole layout. The

old front nine has huge greens from the days when there were front and back nine flags on each green. The newer back nine was opened over a decade ago and ranges from a targetelevated par 3 to wide open fairways throughout. Carts are also available, and again the fees are in the moderate range. Near Bridgeport, adjacent to a state park is Lake Woods, a member-owned nine-hole venue that parallels Rufus Woods Lake, the Columbia River backed up by Chief Joseph Dam. The course is park-like with lots of mature trees and the final hole offers views of the river. It is about an hour-and-a-half drive from Winthrop. Again, moderate fees and carts.

West of Omak and Okanogan yet another nine-hole track is Okanogan Valley GC. This begins with a line of lovely maple trees right off the fairway that bends left to the green. The course opens up from here and includes a curious fourth hole that requires a climb to a small, mesa-like promontory tee. There are separate tees for each nine. Carts are rented here. As this is more off the beaten track, call for directions, or look for signs in Omak or Okanogan, 45 miles from Twisp. Fees are moderate. Just outside the town of Chelan is the Chelan Municipal GC. A fine 18-hole layout with a straightforward front nine, small slick greens, and a back nine that opens


Methow Valley Summer 2010 with a drive over a wide chasm. There are views here and there of the lake, and the first driving range you’ll find away from the Methow. Carts are available, fees somewhat higher than those above, a restaurant and dining room with patio dining overlooking the course, and a good test of golf. Desert Canyon and Bear Mountain Ranch courses are the premier tracks of Central Washington. Desert Canyon has the longest par 5 in the state – 600 plus yards downhill overlooking the Columbia River. GPS-equipped carts are included in the cost, which ranges from $69 weekdays to $99 weekends, including Friday. There’s a restaurant, a sports bar, driving range, and even a putting course for family fun. It’s about a half-hour drive all along the Columbia from Pateros. Bear Mountain Ranch is in the middle of wine country, an 18-hole track with five tees on each hole. High above Lake Chelan, the course also has carts with GPS, large greens and probably the best views of mountains and lake in the state. The 16th tee is 1,600 feet above the lake, and overlooks the lake, the North Cascades and Sawtooth range. The 18th hole just about ties that of Desert Canyon for length. There is a homey snack and beverage bar and outside patio dining. Basic high-season fees are $79 Mondays through Thursdays and $89 weekends. At both the above courses there are lower rates for late in the day. Bear Mountain is about five miles south of Chelan on Highway 97A, about half an hour from Pateros.

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nown as one of the premier fly-fishing destinations in the Pacific Northwest, the Methow Valley now sees more anglers than ever before. In part, the increase is due to more exposure. More and more anglers know of fishing success in Methow waters and are traveling from outside the region to cast on our pristine rivers and lakes. But in larger part, the increase can be attributed to this year’s record number of steelhead successfully navigating the dams and populating the Methow. Charlie Snow is the head biologist at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Science Division office in the Methow and says, “fishing pressure was much greater in 2009 than in the last couple

years due to the steelhead run over Wells being larger than ever before. This year, over 25,000 steelhead navigated over the dam.� Fish returning from the Pacific to the Methow are required to navigate more than 500 miles of river and nine mainstream Columbia River dam passages. Since counting began at Wells Dam in 1968, there has never been the number of steelhead returning as there was in 2009. WDFW biologists attribute steelhead return to exceptionally good ocean survival conditions and increased survival rates through the main Columbia River dams. That’s great news for anglers and accounts for the shoulder-to-shoulder shore fishing on the Methow last year. The even better news is that WDFW biologists predict

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June prevents success. Following June, Pasley reports the cutthroat dry-fly fishing gets better through the summer, with September being the height. He recommends typical hatches for catching summer cutthroat, including mayflies, caddis flies and stoneflies. Of cutthroat, Snow advises: “They can be caught on a wide variety of popular flies and often feed aggressively on surface flies. Some of the best patterns are large terrestrial or attractor patterns like yellow or orange stimulators, grasshoppers, and caddis. Some of these patterns will also work for steelhead.� Regardless of the fish you’re after, Knab says, “The river is the bread and butter. My favorite spots are between Winthrop and Twisp, where there are lots of trees to keep shade on the fish.� All advise looking for areas that get less fishing pressure. Snow notes, “fish that are seldom disturbed will often be easier to fool with a well-presented fly, and floating is a good way to cover lots of water and get away from some of the more popular fishing spots.� Another tip: go with a pro. Pasley’s wife, Kathy, has been fly fishing for a mere five years and attributes her success mainly to her husband’s great advice. Kathy landed her first fish, a 26-inch hatchery-originated steelhead on the Methow River, by dry fly on opening day just last year. “If I can land a fish with a fly on the Methow, anyone can!�


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The metal drives during World War II claimed much of the area’s old vehicles and farm and mining equipment, so the Shafer’s collection of such artifacts is rather unique. And the difficulty of rescuing the derelict mining gear from remote mountain locations makes the collection even more impressive. “There’s nothing else like it in Washington,� says Roxie Miller, who, along with her husband, Carl, has been one of the driving forces behind the Shafer for more than 15 years. The museum’s unique openair layout captures the feeling of a pioneer village and allows a free-flowing exploration of the buildings and collections. Children, in particular, appreciate the freedom to move between buildings, pausing to marvel over the most unfamiliar


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“Did four people really live in that tiny room?” objects (“auughh, the tooth extractor!”) and to wonder at the vestiges of a lifestyle that was far less luxurious than the one they now know (“Did four people really live in that tiny room?”). It is this glimpse of early settlers’ life that really strikes most visitors – the sheer hard work those homesteaders undertook in every aspect of their daily lives. “The homesteaders’ perseverance was remarkable,” notes Ardis Bynum, who is in her third season as a volunteer museum host. “When you think about what they had to do on a daily basis just to stay alive, it gives you a real appreciation of what we have today.” Volunteer coordinator

Bound for the Methow provides a way for recent generations to understand the lifestyle of the past. “It was so important to get that pictorial history into the archives,” says Miller. “Seeing what things were actually like brings that part of history to life.” To some degree the Shafer has always been a community project. Winthrop businessman Simon Shafer bought “the Castle” that housed the museum’s early collections in the 1940s, and subsequent generations of supporters keep the museum thriving. Donations and grants cover the museum’s costs and a hard-working board and cadre of volunteer hosts staff the museum and manage projects. The museum, how-

the Shafer is a work in progress. “It’s an evolution,” she says, “There’s a long history of people here loving the museum and working to make it better. We’ve had very generous donations which, along with some very dedicated people, have allowed us to make dreams come true for the museum.” The Shafer Museum will be open every day from Memorial Day through Labor Day, plus weekends in May and September.

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Family Medicine, Behavioral Medicine, Eye Care, Radiology, Urgent Care, Diabetic Education, Anticoagulation, Physical Therapy and several Visiting Specialists from Wenatchee Valley Medical Center. 916 Koala • (509) 826-1800 or (800) 591-2765 Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. • Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - Noon Closed Sunday

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Visitors like to imagine living the homesteader life. Stephanie Brands adds, “We have such relatively easy, carefree lives these days. And it just wasn’t that long ago that people’s lives were so incredibly labor-intensive. It’s a way of life that most younger people these days have no idea about.” Miller, the museum’s treasurer, notes that Kit McLean and Karen West’s photo book

ever, could not exist without the foresight of those who collected and preserved the tools and other artifacts. “The generosity of our community has been overwhelming,” says Brands. “People are donating things from their parents’ and grandparents’ homes. They want that part of history preserved.” Miller reminds us that

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Get farmy! Experience Methow food & agriculture By Amy Stork

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eople who like to get to know their food and farmer beyond the package label can dive into the Methow Valley’s agricultural and culinary delights this summer with a variety of offerings from local farms and businesses.

Farmers markets

Thirty years ago, the Methow Valley Farmers Market (997-2926) started with half a dozen farmers setting up tables in the grassy strip between Highway 20 and the Methow Valley Community Center. Today, the weekly market overflows with up to 65 vendors selling everything from tomatoes to teapots. Willie Getz, Twisp’s “marketmaster” for 20 years, says one thing that makes the Twisp market special is that any backyard gardener with extra produce can register to set up a table. “It’s amazing and exciting when nature is really pumping it out. People bring just about everything imaginable in the vegetable kingdom,” Getz said. The Twisp market runs from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday from April through the end of October. In addition to produce and crafts, prepared foods are available and musicians will entertain shoppers. Notes: No dogs in the market, and look for extra parking a few blocks away on Glover Street and adjacent roads. Neighboring Winthrop’s Artisan Market (www.winthropmarket.com) marks its second season this summer, with fresh produce, arts and crafts, musicians and more. It’s held in the cool, shady Winthrop park just north of downtown on Sundays

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Twisp’s Farmers Market is packed with culinary delights. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. A nearby playground can occupy little ones while grown-ups squeeze the peaches. Beginning in July, a more intimate version of the farmers market model can be found on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mazama Wednesday Market.

Tours and tastings

The Sukovaty family at Crown S Ranch (www.crown-s-ranch.com, 996-3849) can’t wait to introduce you to their happy cows, pigs, chickens and turkeys, and explain their goal of producing everything they need

to raise their animals right there on the ranch. Located on Twin Lakes Road just off Highway 20 between Twisp and Winthrop, Crown S will start the summer with a day of free tours and a potluck barbecue on May 30. They’ll offer weekly tours every Saturday at 3 p.m. from June 5 through Sept. 4, $5 for adults and free for children. Wear sensible footwear “for manure-dodging pasture crossings.” For further immersion, you can spend a “haycation” at the ranch cottage, including daily opportunities to participate in livestock feedings and other farm chores. Check the website for more details. Orchardist and ciderman Rich-

ard Wasson says his new Methow Valley Ciderhouse (www.methowcider. com, 341-4354), located 2.5 miles north of Winthrop on the East Chewuch Road, will host tours of the organic apple orchards at 1 p.m. Thursday through Sunday beginning around the third week of June. Follow the tour with a stop in the tasting room to sample hard and sweet ciders and grab a snack. Bluebird Grain Farms (www. bluebirdgrainfarms.com, 996-3526), the Methow’s own grower and processor of traditional organic grains from wheat to emmer, plans to offer tours at its granary outside of Winthrop beginning in July, but owner Brooke Lucy says the dates are still in flux. Check the website. The folks at Winthrop’s Lost River Winery (www.lostriverwinery. com, 1-866-FOR-LOST) use grapes grown elsewhere in Washington, but they will introduce you to their wines and the process they use to make them at their tasting room just north of Winthrop on Highway 20, Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. You can tour a smaller-scale agricultural operation and eat tea and crumpets at Hanna’s Inner City Herb Garden (997-2319) in downtown Twisp Monday, Wednesday or Friday for $20. Just north of downtown on Glover Street, Hanna teaches guests about growing and using fresh and dried herbs. Call for reservations. At the south end of Twisp, Blue Star Coffee Roasters (www.bluestarcoffeeroasters.com, 997-2583) will host a series of free public coffee “cuppings” this summer, including “Coffee from Farm to Cup,” “Demystifying Espresso” and “Coffee Brewing,


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Page 41 Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask!” To watch beans become coffee while you sip a cup, show up at their coffee bar on roasting days, Tuesday and Wednesday. Check the website for dates and times.

Classes

Let others do the work

If you missed the farmers market, check for local produce at area stores including Hank’s Harvest Foods and Glover Street Market in Twisp, the Red Apple in Winthrop and the Mazama Country Store. Just outside of Twisp on the back road to Carlton, Thomson’s Meats can fill the grill with local and sustainable meats. If you’d love to sample some Methow goodness without picking or cooking it yourself, many of the area’s bed and breakfasts offer meals prepared with local bounty. Restaurants including the Twisp River Pub, Paco’s Tacos, the Arrowleaf Bistro, Sun Mountain Lodge and the Grubstake include local and regional meats, cheeses and produce on their menus.

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Buying directly from farmers is economically smart.

Try your own hand at growing and preparing local food with an abundance of classes this summer. Check websites for dates and details. Learn skills for living more sustainably from longtime gardener Tess Hoke at Local 98856 (www.local98856.com, 997-0978) in Twisp. Classes like “Growing the Basics – Planning and Planting a Successful Home Garden” and “The Backyard Berry Patch” are $15 a person including supplies. Check the website for dates and details. More lessons on sustainable practices including traditional food preparation and preservation will be taught by local experts through the Partnership for a Sustainable Methow (sustainablemethow.net). Upcoming classes include “Sausage and Sauerkraut” with farmer and foodie Jim Salter. Learn how to use local foods efficiently in a series of classes held at Twisp’s Methow Valley Inn (www.methowvalleyinn.com, (206) 227-2491) with Jon Brown, chef of the Arrowleaf Bistro in Winthrop. Each class includes ingredients, instruction, recipes and a meal at the end – with the option to invite a guest. Topics

include eggs, cooking a whole chicken, shopping and cooking from the farmers market, and cooking beef.

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Page 43 service. Many other businesses and vacation rentals recycle independently. Casey feels that “in the next 10 years the Methow Valley can become a model for rural recycling.” With the commitment of valley residents and visitors, and the dedication of people like Betsy Cushman and Don Davidson, Casey’s vision may come to pass. Photo by John Hanron

...computers... these items only: flattened cardboard, aluminum and tin cans, newspaper, and glossy paper. Methow Sanitation collects the roll-off containers and delivers them to Methow Recycles. Another spoke in the recycling hub is a new business, Methow Recycling Roundup (www.recyclingroundup.com), started last year by Casey Bouchard. Casey worked with Betsy Cushman to define services that would improve the “capture” of material generated by valley visitors as well as serve residents. He has designed services to meet these needs. Methow Recycling Roundup offers on-site collection of all recyclable commodities being accepted by Methow Recycles. Casey’s goal is to make recycling convenient and affordable. Visitors may take advantage of Recycling Roundup’s single-stream prepaid bag service at three popular Winthrop vacation rentals: River’s Edge Resort, Mazama Country Inn and River View Inn. Casey charges $5 for the bags, a fee that may be passed on to visitors who choose to use them. Conscientious visitors no longer need to bag up their mixed recyclables when they pack their suitcases as Casey picks the bags up, sorts the materials, and delivers them to Methow Recycles. Casey hopes to expand the bag service to other businesses this summer. Recycling Roundup’s Community Hub Service is already in operation at the Methow Valley Ranger District, where a centralized bin is provided. Tappi in Twisp also uses this

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...and occasionally hosts a metal drive.

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Winthrop area residents have a new drop-off site at Horizon Flats.


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You name it, we recycle it

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By Sally Gracie

he Methow Valley recycles.

Whet her you are a permanent resident, a part-timer or a visitor here for a long weekend, you have choices that will keep your trash out of the landfill. Since its opening in 2001, Methow Recycles, a non-profit corporation, has processed more than 5,000 tons of materials. Its many volunteers put in just about as many work hours a year – 2,000 – as the three paid part-timers do. Betsy Cushman is the go-to person for Methow Recycles and its first paid employee. Methow Recycles (www. methowrecycles.org) is located south of Twisp on Twisp Airport Road. You’ll see the landfill and recycling gate a skip up the road on the right. Methow Recycles accepts cardboard, glass and most plastic bottles, paper, small batteries, compact fluorescent bulbs, even computers and TVs. Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check the website for details or call 997-0520. Methow Recycles is the hub of the valley effort, and two local businesses work in cooperation with it. Don Davidson came to the Methow Valley from

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Methow Recycles accepts glass... Seattle, where he worked in the solid waste and recycling industry. Today he operates Methow Valley Sanitation (997-8862), which provides curbside trash pickup to subscribers, but he also serves on the Methow Recycles

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...paper and cardboard...

board. Don has been involved with Methow Recycles since its inception. He helped with the original feasibility study and wrote the business model. The facility was at first a “self-haul” outfit, where individuals and businesses would deliver their own recyclables, but today Don’s trucks pick up drop boxes of cardboard from both valley grocery stores and the school district. He was also instrumental in working with Methow Recycles to set up the new facility at Horizon Flats in Winthrop. If you live in or are visiting Winthrop or Mazama, the drop-off facility at the top of Horizon Flats (across from North Valley Lumber) is open during daylight hours for the season. Bins there accept


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The Methow’s eclectic scene By Ann McCreary

Pipestone Music Days

May 22 & 23 A celebration of local and regional musicians and music students, Pipestone Music Days opens at 7 p.m. Friday evening with a performance by the Pipestone Orchestra in the Methow Valley Community Center. The program includes compositions by conductor Terry Hunt, and the premier of a symphonic movement written by his son, Galen, as a senior project. The program also features members of the Okanogan Orchestra and Chorus, the Wenatchee Valley College Choir and the Cascadia Choir. Music Days continues Sunday afternoon at the Community Center with recital performances by students of local music teachers. The weekend ends with a fundraiser for Pipestone Music Association and its parent organization, Cascadia. For more information call 997-0222. Photo by Sue Misao

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t’s an eclectic mix, the Methow Valley summer festival scene. Put on your Stetson and watch bull riding, or strap on some wings and commune with fairies. Relax to chamber music under the stars, or boogie in the mid-summer heat to rhythm and blues. Taste wine, watch independent films, get grossed out by giant bugs. It’s summer, it’s the valley, and you’ve got your pick of ways to entertain yourself. Here is a rundown of festivals that may strike your fancy.

Winthrop Rodeo Days

May 29-30 & Sept. 4-5 Winthrop’s annual Memorial Day and Labor Day rodeos are traditional bookends to summer in the valley. These Professional Western Rodeo Association-approved events attract contestants from far away as well as locals to the rodeo grounds at Twin Lakes Road. Spectators perch on the grassy hillsides to watch barrel racing, pole bending, calf roping, bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for kids 7-12, and free for children under 7.

Twisp Rural Roots Film Festival

May 28-30 A new addition to the Methow Valley festival lineup, the Twisp Rural Roots Film Festival is a celebration of rural life in film. The event is the brainchild of three valley residents who decided to create a grassroots festival that promotes films whose issues, themes, and settings reflect the interests of people living in rural areas. The three-day festival features independent documentaries, short films and animated films, as well as social hours, workshops, film discussions and midnight movies. Activities will take place at The Merc in Twisp. Ticket prices range from $10 for individual films to $100 for the entire festival. For more information visit www. ruralrootsfilmfestival.org, or call (509) 846-5842.

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and concludes at 6 p.m. Information is available at www.winthropwashington.com.

Fairy & Human Relations Congress

June 25-27 Dedicated to “promoting communication and co-creation with nature spirits, devas and the faery realms,” this annual event attracts about 250 people. This year’s theme is “Expanding Our Capacities as Conduits of Loving Energy.” The weekend festival includes workshops, circles, a fairy parade and concert, meditations and artistic creations. It is held at the Skalitude Retreat Center near Carlton. For more information visit www.fairycongress.com.

Winthrop Wine Festival

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June 19 Savor boutique wines from Washington’s best wineries, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and listen to live jazz at the Wine in the Park Festival. Set in Winthrop’s shady town park by the Methow River, the festival features wines from more than 25 wineries, and the chance to meet and talk with winemakers as you sample their products. A $30 registration provides up to 20 tastes, as well as delicious appetizers, cheeses and chocolates. The event begins at 2 p.m.

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Methow Arts Festival

July 4 A highlight of the summer festival offerings, the annual Fourth of July celebration provided by Methow Arts offers a day of top-notch entertainment on stage in the Twisp Park, lots of great food, and an array of creative, hands-on-art booths for children and adults. This fun summer event mingles Fourth of July traditions with the artistry that Methow Arts brings to its events. The festival begins after the Independence Day parade through Twisp. For more information visit www.methowvalleyarts.org.

Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival

July 16-18 Voted the Best Blues Event by the Inland Empire Blues Society last year, the annual Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival brings national and regional entertainers to its riverside Blues Ranch just outside of town. This year’s event kicks off Friday night with a jam in the Beer Garden with Too Slim and the Taildraggers, to benefit The Cove food bank and Little Star Montessori School. The lineup for the next two days includes Little Feat, Buckwheat Zydeco, Curtis Saldago, James Harman, The Soul of John Black, Doug Macleod, Debbie Davies, Robin Rogers, Strangetones, Volcano Vixens, Ty Curtis Band, Junkyard Jane, and more. Music begins each day at 11 a.m. The largest and longest running festival in the state, the Blues Festival includes on-site camping, food and craft vendors, a beer garden and portable showers. For information and tickets, visit www.winthropbluesfestival.com.

Methow Chamber Music Festival

July 29-Aug. 7 In its second season at its new venue high above the valley floor, the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival is focusing on expanding festival

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offerings this year. The program will include local talented young musicians in an “Emerging Artists” concert, as well as bringing in two string quartets and two piano trios. As it has for the past 15 years, the Chamber Music Festival will showcase classical music performances by nationally recognized talents. In addition, the festival may also include some less traditional instruments and possibly some dance. The festival site at Signal Hill Ranch, located midway between Twisp and Winthrop, provides superb acoustics and breathtaking views – making this festival a feast for eyes and ears. For information about programs and tickets, visit www. methowmusicfestival.org, or call 996-6000.

Heart of the Methow Powwow

Aug. 13-15 This weekend event brings together the current residents and historical residents of the Methow Valley in a reconciliation powwow, with the goal of fostering education and understanding between the two cultures. Held in the Twisp Park, the powwow begins Friday evening at 7 p.m. with a grand entry followed by cultural dancing, drumming and storytelling. At noon on Saturday, the community is invited to join in a traditional Native American meal of salmon and venison, followed by cultural events, drumming and intertribal dancing. The powwow ends with closing ceremonies on Sunday from approximately 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The powwow is free and open to the public. For information call 997-4904.

have an opportunity to sign up at the contest for free lessons offered the next day with champion fiddlers. On Sunday, Aug. 29, there will be an open jam at Shafer Historical Museum in Winthrop, starting at noon. For more information, e-mail fiddlebug@mydogdont.com or call contest chair Brad Pinkerton at 996-2111.

Winthrop Auto Rallye

Sept. 11 The 35th annual Winthrop Auto Rallye begins Friday evening, Sept. 10, with registration and a social hour for rally participants at the Winthrop Barn. Parade lineup the next morning is 8 to 9:30 a.m. following a continental breakfast. The downtown parade starts at 11 a.m., and cars will be on display during Show and Shine from noon to 3 p.m. Awards are presented at 4 p.m. and from 4:30 to 5 p.m., participants will take a 16-mile cruise through the valley. Festivities conclude Saturday evening with the Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree at 7 p.m. in the Winthrop Barn. For registration and information visit www.winthropwashington. com, or call 888-463-8469.

Oldtime Fiddlers Contest

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Aug. 28-29 Champion fiddlers and accompanists from around the United States and Canada will convene again in the Methow Valley this summer for the annual North Cascades Oldtime Fiddlers Contest. The Fiddle Contest has moved to the Twisp Park this year. Organizers stress that this fiddle contest is more informal than most, and audience members are encouraged to “whoop it up!” In this casual atmosphere, spectators have the opportunity to hear and meet some of the best fiddlers – from very young to very old – in the world. As in past years, kids 12 and under are invited to enter the biggest bug they can find in the Giant Insect Contest at noon. Fiddling begins at 9 a.m. and continues well into the evening. Fiddlers will

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Summer Calendar 2010 MAY

FARMERS MARKET: Local vendors, farmers and crafters in the MV Community Center parking lot every Saturday. 9am-noon 12-15: MUSICAL THEATER: Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus presents Annie Get Your Gun at the Omak PAC.. (509) 3225854. 13: WINE TASTING: Wine, appetizers and music at Tappi’s in Twisp to benefit the Merc Playhouse. $25-$40 tickets at Daily Business (Twisp) or Trail’s End Bookstore, Winthrop. 997-7529. 5:30-8pm 13-16: SPRING NATURALISTS: Retreat with ornithologist Libby Mills and botanist Dana Visalli. $130. Register 996-2870. 14-15: RELAY FOR LIFE: Fundraiser to fight cancer. Okanogan High School track. (509) 846-3787. 6pm-10am 15: WILDERNESS: Introduction to bird language and nature awarenss. $80. 997-7169. 8am-2pm 15: ROCKABILLY DANCE: The Dry County Crooks perform at the Twisp River Pub. Free. 997-6822. 9pm 19: OPEN MERC: Open mic at the Merc Playhouse, hosted by Marc Holm. 997-7529. 7pm 21: DANBERT NOBACON: Junkyard cabaret with the Bad Things at the Twisp River Pub. Free. 997-6822. 8:30pm 22: SCARF PAINTING: Adult class with Sarah Bradbun at Confluence Gallery, Twisp. $50 997-2787. 2:30-5:30pm 22: PIPESTONE ORCHESTRA: With composers Terry and Galen Hunt, Okanogan Orchestra and Chorus, and Cascadia Chorale at MV Community Center, Twisp. $15. 9974601. 7pm 22: SINGER SONGWRITER: Andrew Vait and the Eternal Fair performs at the Twisp River Pub. Free. 997-6822. 9pm 22-23: WEAVING: Class for children and adults with Sarah Bradburn at Confluence Gallery, Twisp. $50. 997-2787. Noon-1:30pm 23: PIPESTONE RECITALS: Student recitals in strings, voice, guitar, piano and flute at MV Community Center, Twisp. Free/donations. 997-4601.

23: CASCADIA FUNDRAISER: Jazz Ensemble, Youth Orchestra, Roundsters and more at the MV Community Center, Twisp. Annual fundraiser with raffle, silent auction and buffet. $25. RSVP by 5/18: 997-4601. 5:30pm 25: DANCE WORKSHOP: Lingo Dance teaches “Ride the Fall” at The Studio, Twisp. Ages 15+. $10. Register: saraejinks@gmail. com. 6:30-8pm 26: AUTHORS: Mary E. Trimble reads from Tenderfoot and Heidi Thomas reads from Cowgirl Dreams at Retro Pony, Winthrop. 2pm 27: DANCE PERFORMANCE: Lingo Dance performs “Embracing the Inevitable” at the Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $10 donation. saraejinks@gmail.com. 7pm 28: BOOKS & MUSIC: Buy used books and listen to pianist Michael Brady at the MV Community Center gym. Wine, cheese, silent auction and raffle. Benefit for the Twisp Library expansion project. $5. 997-4364. 4-7pm 28-30: FILM FESTIVAL: Twisp Rural Roots Film Festival at the Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $10-$100. (509) 341-4176. 29: BOOK SALE: Used books for sale (50 cents and up) at the MV Community Center gym. Free admission. 997-4681. 9am-1pm

29: WILDLIFE TRACKING: Introduction to wildlife tracking. $80. 997-7169. 9am-3pm 29: 5K & 10K RACES: Family-friendly races in Mazama, followed by pancake breakfast. $15-$25. 996-3287. 9am 29: IMAGINE THE METHOW: Methow Conservancy celebration dinner catered by Cameron Green and concert by Luc and the Lovingtons at the Winthrop Barn. 996-2870. 5:30pm 29-30: METHOW VALLEY RODEO: Ropin’ and ridin’ at the rodeo grounds on Twin Lakes Road, Winthrop. 30: FIRE & CORDAGE: Learn fire and cordage making with the Methow Wilderness School. $80. 997-7169. 10am-3pm 30: VICCI MARTINEZ: Original pop-rock at the Twisp River Pub. $7. 997-6822. 9:30pm 31: PLANT WALK: Enjoy the shrub-steppe wildflowers with the Methow Wilderness School. $40. 997-7169. 9am-noon

JUNE

FARMERS MARKET: Local vendors, farmers and crafters in the MV Community Center parking lot every Saturday. 9am-noon

3: CLASSICAL SOIRÉE: Selections from Monteverdi, Mozart, Sibelius and more by Gudrun Brunot, soprano; Stephen Stefanides, tenor; and John Pickett, piano at the Merc Playhouse, Twisp. $15. 997-4601. 7pm 4: GYPSY FUNK: Sister Monk album release party at the Twisp River Pub. Free. 997-6822. 9pm 5: ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: Opening night for “Harvesting the Light” at Confluence Gallery, Twisp. 997-2787. 4-8pm 5: FOLK CONCERT: Seattle singer/songwriter Jim Page performs at the Merc Playhouse, Twisp. 923-2391. 7:30pm 5: ROCK’N’ROLL: The Panda Conspiracy performs at the Twisp River Pub. $5. 9976822. 9pm 6: GRIZZLY BEARS: Recovery efforts discussed by David Knibb. Location TBA. 996-2870. 7pm 11: ARTIST PRESENTATION: “Expeditionary Art: High Latitudes” with Maria Coryell-Martin, who will discuss “High Latitudes, Science, Subsistence, and Art in the Arctic” at Confluence Gallery, Twisp. 997-2787. 7pm 11-12: MUSIC FESTIVAL: Conscious Culture at the Barter Faire site in Tonasket.

11: BLUEGRASS BAND: Polecat performs at the Twisp River Pub. Free. 997-6822. 8:30pm 12: FIELD SKETCHING: Learn to sketch outdoors with Maria Coryell-Martin at Chickadee Trailhead, Sun Mountain. $75. 997-2787. 9am-noon 12: NATIONAL FISHING DAY: Kids up to age 13 fish in the Winthrop Fish Hatchery pond. Free. 996-2424. 10am-2pm 12: ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: Meet the artists at an exhibition of paintings, photographs and jewelry at Winthrop Gallery. Free. 9963925. 6-8pm 12: ROCK’N’ROLL: Passing Liberty performs at the Twisp River Pub. Free. 997-6822. 9pm 15: OPEN MERC: Open mic at the Merc Playhouse, hosted by Marc Holm. 997-7529. 7pm 19: ETHNOBOTANY: Introduction to wild plant foods and ethnobotany. $80. 997-7169. 9am-3pm 19: WINTHROP WINE FESTIVAL: Wine tasting, food, music in the Winthrop park. $5$30. 996-2125. 2-6pm 20: TRACKING & AWARENESS: Workshop with the Methow Wilderness School. $55. 997-7169. 8am-noon 20: ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: Meet the art-

ists at an exhibition at Winthrop Gallery. Free. 996-3925. 6-8pm 21: SUMMER READING: Book-It Theater at Winthrop Library. 996-2685. 3pm 24: WISH FLAGS: Nature walk and summer wish flags with Laura Gunnip at Twisp Commons. $35. 997-2787. 10am-2pm 25-27: FAIRIES: 10th annual Fairy & Human Relations Congress at Skalitude Retreat Center, Carlton. 25-7/11: LIVE THEATER: Performances of Star-Spangled Girl at the Merc Playhouse, Twisp. 997-7529. 26: PLANT WALK: Explore forest flora with Methow Wilderness School. $40. 997-7169. 9am-noon 26: RUSTIC GATES: Create rustic gates and arbors with Thome George at a workshop near Winthrop. $75. 997-2787. 10am-4pm 26: BLUES & FOLK: The Revelators perform at the Twisp River Pub. Free. 997-6822. 8:30pm 29: SUMMER READING: Knights of Veritas at Winthrop Library (10:30am) and Twisp Library (1pm). 997-4681. 30: SILK PAINTING: Paint on silk with Tori Karpenko in the Schoolyard Garden on Twin Lakes Road. $60. 997-2787. 9am-noon

JULY

FARMERS MARKET: Local vendors, farmers and crafters in the MV Community Center parking lot every Saturday. 9am-noon 2: ZYDECO DANCE: Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble perform at the Twisp River Pub. $5. 997-6822. 9pm 3: BIRD LANGUAGE: Learn the language of birds and nature awareness with Methow Wilderness School. $55. 997-7169. 7-11am 3: ROCK’N’REGGAE: The Working Spliffs perform at the Twisp River Pub. Free. 9976822. 9pm 4: WILDERNESS SKILLS: Learn basic stone tools, cordage and deadfall traps with Methow Wilderness School. $80. 997-7169. 9am-3pm 4: INDEPENDENCE DAY: Parade down Glover Street. 4: METHOW ARTS FESTIVAL: Art booths, food and music in the Twisp park, following the 4th of July parade. 997-4004. 5-10: DRAMA CAMP: Day camp with Julie


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Summer Calendar 2010 997-7169. 8am-2pm 24: BLUEGRASS: Spare Rib and the Bluegrass Sauce perform at the Twisp River Pub. Free. 997-6822. 9pm 28: SUMMER READING: Puppet Show at Winthrop Library. 996-2685. 1:15pm 29-8/7: CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: Concerts at Signal Hill Ranch, Twisp, and open rehearsals in various venues. 996-6000. 31: PLANT WALK: Discover alpine wildflowers with Methow Wilderness School. $40. 997-7169. 9am-noon 31: ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: Opening night for “Weathering Change” at Confluence Gallery, Twisp. 997-2787. 4-8pm 31: FUNK: The Groove Patrol performs at the Twisp River Pub. Free. 997-6822. 9pm

AUGUST Wenzel at the Merc Playhouse for ages 8-18. $200. 997-7529. 10am-4pm 7: KIDS’ ART: Drop-in class (ages 8-12) at Confluence Gallery with Tamera Abate. $15. 997-2787. 2-3:30pm 8: SUMMER READING: Puppet Show at Twisp Library 997-4681. 6pm 9: SUMMER READING: Puppet Show at Winthrop Library 996-2685. 3:30pm 10: BEAR TRACKING: Track bears with Methow Wilderness School. $80. 997-7169. 8am-2pm 10: DRAMA: Performance by participants of preceding week’s drama camp at Merc Playhouse. 997-7529. 12-25: PERMACULTURE DESIGN: Class with Michael Pilarski at Skalitude Retreat Center, Carlton. $80-$800 includes camping and meals. (509) 486-4056. 14: SUMMER READING: Nina Laden at the Twisp Library. 997-4681. 11am 14: KIDS’ ART: Drop-in class (ages 8-12) at Confluence Gallery with Tamera Abate. $15. 997-2787. 2-3:30pm 14: OPEN MERC: Open mic at the Merc Playhouse, hosted by Marc Holm. 997-7529. 7pm 15: SUMMER READING: PUD at Winthrop Library. 996-2685. 1pm 15: AFRO-FUNK: Eleven-piece band, Aphrodesia, performs at the Twisp River Pub. $10. 997-6822. 9pm 16-17: SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART: Trunk show and sale at Confluence Gallery. 9972787. 10am-5pm 16-18: WINTHROP RHYTHM & BLUES: R & B music festival at the Blues Ranch, Winthrop. 1-800-422-3048. 17: ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: Meet the artists at an exhibition of shoji lamps, ceramics, oil paintings and textile arts at Winthrop Gallery. Free. 996-3925. 6-8pm 19-22: KIDS’ SKILLS CAMP: Basic wilderness awareness, primitive skills and fun with nature (ages 7-10) in Twisp. $115. 997-9077. 21: KIDS’ ART: Drop-in class (ages 8-12) at Confluence Gallery with Tamera Abate. $15. 997-2787. 2-3:30pm 21-25: PAINTING HORSES: Acrylic class with Kathy Meyers at Confluence Gallery, Twisp. $100. 997-2787. 10am-noon 24: CARNIVORES: Track summertime carnivores with Methow Wilderness School. $80.

FARMERS MARKET: Local vendors, farmers and crafters in the MV Community Center parking lot every Saturday. 9am-noon 1: ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: Meet the artists at an exhibition at Winthrop Gallery. Free.

996-3925. 6-8pm 1-6: PIPESTONE MUSIC CAMP: Guitar, flute, piano and strings for ages 8-18 at the MV Community Center, Twisp. $150-$200. 997-0222. Daily 9:30am-5pm 3: SUMMER READING: Puppet Show at Twisp Library. 997-4681. 1pm 6: MUSICAL CONCERT: Music camp participants perform at the MV Community Center, Twisp. 997-0222. Daily 9:30am-5pm 6-22: LIVE THEATER: Performances of Tuesdays with Morrie at the Merc Playhouse, Twisp. 997-7529.educational or fun. 7: BASKETS: Make coiled pine needle baskets with Methow Wilderness School. $80. 997-7169. 10am-3pm 7: HOME TOUR: Tour “Recreation Retreats” in the Methow Valley. $25-$80. 997-2787. 10am-5pm 10: SUMMER READING: Pacific Science at the Winthrop Library (10:30am) and Twisp Library (2pm). 997-4681. 13-15: POWWOW: Heart of the Methow traditional Native American pow wow in the Twisp park. 997-4904. 14: TRAILING: Find out what local wild

animals are up to with Methow Wilderness School. $80. 997-7169. 8am-2pm 14: ROCK’N’ROLL: Massy Ferguson performs at the Twisp River Pub. Free. 997-6822. 9pm 16-19: KIDS SKILLS: Basic wilderness awareness, primitive skills and fun with nature (ages 7-10) in Twisp. $115. 997-9077. 9am1pm 16-21: DRAMA CAMP: Day camp with Julie Wenzel at the Merc Playhouse for ages 8-18. $200. 997-7529. 10am-4pm 20: FUNKY FOLK: LasaRose performs at the Twisp River Pub. Free. 997-6822. 8:30pm 21: DRAMA: Performance by participants of preceding week’s drama camp at Merc Playhouse. 997-7529. 21: HIP-HOP & SOUL: The Staxx Brothers perform at the Twisp River Pub. $5. 997-6822. 9pm 25: OPEN MERC: Open mic at the Merc Playhouse, hosted by Marc Holm. 997-7529. 7pm 27: REGGAE & ROCK: Yogoman Burning Band performs at the Twisp River Pub. $5. 997-6822. 9pm

28-29: FIDDLE CONTEST: North Cascades Oldtime Fiddlers Contest weekend in the Twisp park and Shafer Museum. 9962111. 28: TRACKING DEER: How to track deer (good for hunters, photographers and nature lovers) with Methow Wilderness School. $80. 997-7169. 8am-2pm 28: CUTTHROAT CLASSIC: Race 11.1 miles from Rainy Pass to Cutthroat Lake. $40$50. 997-3287. 8am 28: EDIBLE PLANT WALK: Find out what’s tasty and nutritious with Methow Wilderness School. $40. 997-7169. 9am-noon 28: ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: Meet the artists at an exhibition of pastel paintings, photographs and enamels at Winthrop Gallery. Free. 996-3925. 5-7pming night for “Weathering Change” at Confluence Gallery, Twisp. 997-2787. 4-8pm

SEPTEMBER

FARMERS MARKET: Local vendors, farmers and crafters in the MV Community Center parking lot every Saturday. 9am-noon

1-6: MUSIC CAMP: Guitar, flute, piano and strings for ages 8-18 at the MV Community Center, Twisp. $150-$200. 997-0222. Daily 9:30am-5pm 3: HIP-HOP & FUNK: Salem performs at the Twisp River Pub. $5. 997-6822. 9pm 4-5: METHOW VALLEY RODEO: Ropin’ and ridin’ at the rodeo grounds on Twin Lakes Road, Winthrop. 5: ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: Meet the artists at an exhibition at Winthrop Gallery. Free. 996-3925. 6-8pm 5: ORIGINAL ROCK’N’ROLL: Handful of Luvin’ performs at the Twisp River Pub. $5. 997-6822. 9pm 6: MUSICAL CONCERT: Music camp participants perform at the MV Community Center, Twisp. 997-0222. Daily 9:30am-5pm 6-22: Performances of Tuesdays with Morrie at the Merc Playhouse, Twisp. 997-7529. 9-12: OKANOGAN COUNTY FAIR: Livestock, arts and crafts, food, music and more at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds. (509) 422-1621. 11: WINTHROP AUTO RALLYE: Classic cars and trucks in downtown Winthrop. 1-8888469. 14: OPEN MERC: Open mic at the Merc Playhouse, hosted by Marc Holm. 997-7529. 7pm 16-19: KIDS’ SKILLS CAMP: Basic wilderness awareness, primitive skills and fun with nature (ages 7-10) in Twisp. $115. 997-9077. 18: GOLF TOURNAMENT: Winthrop Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at Bear Creek Golf Course, Winthrop. 1-888463-8469. 8:30am 24-25: SQUARE DANCING: Evening dances in the Winthrop Barn (7:30pm), street dance in downtown Winthrop (11am). (509) 238-2020. 25: CIDER SQUEEZE: All welcome to Methow Conservancy social gathering at Sabold’s house near Winthrop. 996-2870. 4pm 25: TWISP ART WALK: View artwork and meet the artists at galleries and studios throughout Twisp. Free. 997-2787. 5-8pm 23-27: SASKATOON: Primitive and traditional living skills gathering for adults and children at Skalitude Retreat Center, Carlton. $80-$185. 997-9077.


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Methow Valley Summer 2010

From RVs to pup tents

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By Bob Spiwak

amping may well be the most pursued Methow pastime for visitors as well as locals. And while they may be separate subjects of discussion, in terms of distance traveled, ultra-light backpack gear and 24-foot motor homes share a lot of what we’ll discuss here. Beginning with the motor home that some regard as camping, there is a need for a place to park the rig. These are always found in the state parks like Pearrygin near Winthrop and Alta Lake a few miles from the Columbia River at the south end of the valley. There are Forest Service campgrounds, some of which will accommodate the big rigs; others offer a site for car campers, which we’ll define as having neither trailers nor motor homes. The list of places under the auspices of federal, state and local rules and regulations is lengthy for tent campers, whether a 10-person wickiup erected from its bag in the SUV to one or two person shelters and all in between.

There are only two highways into and out of the valley, but for places to camp you can box the compass. In any direction there are camping places: some in Forest Service fee campgrounds, others at trailheads where a Forest Service permit ($5 daily or $30 a year) is required. These and explanations are available at USFS offices and signed trailheads. There are numerous campgrounds up the Chewuch River. Boulder Creek will handle any of the motorized campers and has sites for smaller camping parties. One of the more popular and usually full campgrounds is Falls Creek, deriving its name from a beautiful waterfall and cascade of the creek. The falls is a pleasant quarter-mile, almost-level walk with an asphalt path that will accommodate a wheelchair or walker. You might want a map to plot out where you want to go and why. The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association has one, free at the info centers of Winthrop and Twisp, most of the lodging establishments, Winthrop

Photo by Bob Spiwak

Mountain Sports, and Mazama’s store, inn, Ranch House and probably the bike shop as well. The Chewuch (sometimes pronounced “chee-wack”) route is one of the easiest ways to reach the Pasayten Wilderness, via Lake Creek, and is heavily used in the summer. Harts Pass is perhaps one of the most popular off-road destinations in the Methow. The wildflowers are mind boggling, the views of mountain peaks spectacular. On a clear day, one can see Mt. Baker from the Slate Peak lookout, now abandoned. This has a small parking area a quarter-mile below and is an uphill climb on a gravel road from there to the site. The road to the lookout frequently does not open until sometime in July. A thousand feet below are two campgrounds, Meadows and Harts

Pass. The former was almost destroyed by a devastating fire. The trip up from pavement is about 20 miles, all gravel and not fit for Corvettes or Lamborghinis. If the driver is acrophobic, have another take the wheel at Cache Creek. A less-than-half-mile stretch up the road is appropriately named Dead Horse Point. Even though it may be hot summer on the valley floor, be prepared for rain, fog, snow or a combination of all at these high altitudes. Likewise, thunderstorms can be exciting to watch, but at the first hint, get off the high ground to a lower place where you can be away from trees. The lightning can be ferocious. Keep this in mind when you pitch your tent and keep the fly on. The greatest threat when you are off the beaten path is fire. Do not burn your toilet paper. Even where there is an installed fire pit, make certain the fire is out, watered, stirred and watered again before leaving. Pick up your trash and that left by others less sensitive. Beer cans do not burn nor melt in a campfire. Be aware that forest-use fees required are returned to this ranger district to finance trail maintenance, bathroom pumping and other amenities.


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Forest Service campground directory Developed sites

Elev.

# of sites

War Creek Mystery Poplar Flat

2,400 2,800 2,900

10 4 16

South Creek Road’s End Blackpine Lake

3,100 3,600 4,200

Twisp River Horse Camp

Toilet

Water

Fee

Remarks

YesÈ YesÈ YesÈ

Yes No Yes

$8 $8 $8/5*

4 4 23

YesÈ YesÈ YesÈ

No No Yes

$8 $8/5 $12/5

3,000

12

Yes

No

Pass

3,900 4,200

6 25

Yes YesÈ

No No

$8/5 $12/5

Off Highway 20. Easy access. Group picnic area. Great larches.

2,400

13

YesÈ

No

$8/5

Located off Highway 153.

Early Winters Klipchuck

2,160 2,920

12 46

YesÈ YesÈ

Yes Yes

$8/5 $12/5

Lone Fir

3,640

27

YesÈ

Yes

$12/5

RVs to 16'. Great views of Goat Wall. One mile off North.Cascades Highway. Creek and majestic trees. Good hiking nearby. Last campground before pass. Easy access.

2,521

7

YesÈ

No

$8/5

Good access to Robinson Creek, W. Fork Methow,

Source: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

TWISP RIVER AREA

LOUP LOUP AREA

JR Loup Loup

Fishing, trailheads, picnic area. Small, quiet campground by Twisp River. Good for larger groups, community kitchen available. Fishing, trailheads. (*Extra fee for additional vehicles.) RVs to 16'. Fishing, trailheads, bicycling. Quaint, quiet campground at end of Twisp River Rd. Majestic views, boat launch, fishing, floating docks, swimming, picnic area, wheelchair-accessible interpretive trail. Loading ramp, hitch rails, feed station. Campground intended for stock users.

GOLD CREEK AREA

Foggy Dew HIGHWAY 20 AREA

LOST RIVER - HARTS PASS AREA

Ballard

Lost River and Monument Creek trails. River Bend Meadows

2,600 6,200

5 14

YesÈ YesÈ

No No

$8/5 $8/5

Similar hiking access as Ballard. Narrow, winding access road with steep cliffs. NO TRAILERS ALLOWED. Guard station.

Harts Pass

6,200

5

YesÈ

No

$8/5

Narrow, winding access road with steep cliffs. NO TRAILERS. PCT access. Guard station.

Buck Lake

3,250

9

Yes

No

$8/5

Flat Nice Ruffed Grouse Honeymoon

2,858 2,728 3,120 3,280

12 3 4 5

YesÈ YesÈ YesÈ YesÈ

Yes No No No

$8/5 $8/5 $8/5 $8/5

Small, quiet campground on Buck Lake. Boat landing, stocked lake, mountain biking nearby. Easy access for trailers No RV hookups. Small camp for small groups. Beaver pond. Small camp good for small groups. Small, quaint camp along Eightmile Creek.

Falls Creek

2,100

7

YesÈ

Yes

$8/5

Chewuch Camp 4

2,278 2,384

16 5

YesÈ YesÈ

Yes No

$12/5 $8/5

EIGHTMILE AREA

CHEWUCH AREA

Swimming and fishing opportunities. Short hike to scenic waterfalls. Small, remote campground. Nice sites on the river. Trailers not recommended.


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Methow Valley Summer 2010

Directory of advertisers Air Charter Service Catlin Flying Service ....32

Architects Johnston Architects ........2

Automotive/Gasoline Kevin’s Collision Repair...11 King’s Pacific Pride & Car Wash ..............18 Mazama Store .................9 Twisp Chevron Food Mart ...................7 Winthrop Motors ...........30

Banquet Halls/ Event Facilities Barn at Wilson Ranch ...25 Loup Loup Ski Bowl ......19 Merc Playhouse Theater....9 Twisp Valley Grange.......7 Winthrop Barn ................6

Bicycle Dealers/Repair Methow Cycle & Sport.... 15 Winthrop Mountain Sports ........................11

Cafés/Dining/ Espresso, Cont. Heenan’s Burnt Finger BBQ ..............24 Hometown Pizza............18 Java Man .......................14 Lone Pine Fruit & Espresso ....................18 Mazama Country Inn....21 Mazama Store .................9 Old Schoolhouse Brewery ....................12 Paco’s Tacos ...................20 Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe ....42 Sweet River Bakery ......41 Tappi ..............................10 The Valley Hub .............29 Twisp River Pub ..............3 Wesola Polana ...............48

Campgrounds Silverline Resort............18 Winthrop KOA ..............48

Car Wash King’s Pacific Pride & Car Wash ..............18

Excavating

Lodging, Cont.

Recreation/Activities

Doug Haase Excavating ................10

River Run Inn...............29 Silverline Resort............18 Sportsman Motel ...........16 Sun Mountain Lodge.....35 Wesola Polana ...............48 Winthrop Inn .................32 Winthrop KOA ..............48 Winthrop Mountain View Chalets ............14

Bear Creek Equestrian Center....24 Bear Creek Golf Course ...34 Flyfishers Pro Shop .......36 Freestone Inn ................34 Little Star Montessori...10 Loup Loup Ski Bowl ......19 Methow Starry Nights .....16 Morning Glory Balloon Tours ...........35 MVSTA ..........................15 North Cascade Heli ......20 North Cascades Mountain Guides......30 Slide Waters ..................23 Sun Mountain Lodge.....35

Galleries Confluence Gallery ..........7 Peligro ............................10

Groceries/Hardware Hank’s Harvest Foods ...12 Mazama Store .................9 Twisp Chevron Food Mart ...................7 Valley Hardware Do-It Center .............36 Winthrop Motors ...........30

Health/Medical Methow Valley Family Practice .....................26 Omak Clinic...................39 The Country Clinic........12 Ulrich’s Valley Pharmacy..................16

Internet Methownet.com .............14

Builders/Contractors

Concrete

Local Goods & Produce

Hilton Construction ......33

Cascade Concrete ..........23

Cascadian Home Farm ....51 Farmers Market ............40 Lone Pine Fruit & Espresso ................18 Thomson’s Custom Meats ........................41 Winthrop Artisan Market ........................7

Building Supplies

Events/Festivals

Bear Creek Lumber ......34 Cascade Concrete ..........23

Farmers Market ............40 Merc Playhouse Theater....9 Methow Arts Fest..........13 Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival ..........13 MVSTA ..........................15 Oldtime Fiddlers Contest ......................24 Omak Stampede ............25 Winthrop Artisan Market ........................7 Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival ...........21

Cafés/Dining/Espresso Blue Star Coffee Roasters ......................8 Boulder Creek Deli........11 Breadline Cafe...............35 Carlos1800 .....................38 Cascadian Home Farm ... 51 Cinnamon Twisp Bakery ......................25 Dos Gallos ......................22 East 20 Pizza .................22 Freestone Inn ................34

Lodging Blue Spruce Motel .........26 Central Reservations ....52 Cottonwood Cottage ......29 Freestone Inn ................34 Mazama Country Inn....21 Mazama Ranch House ..33 Methow Valley Inn ........40 Mt. Gardner Inn ............38

Massage Practitioners Green Lotus Massage .....8

Museums Shafer Historical Museum ....................38

Organizations

Retail

Brewster Chamber ........51 Cascade Foothills Farmland Assoc........41 Confluence Gallery ..........7 Merc Playhouse Theater....9 Methow Arts ..................13 Methow Conservancy ....32 MVSTA ..........................15 Omak Chamber .............17 Pateros Chamber ..........51 Twisp Chamber ...............2 Winthrop Barn ................6 Winthrop Chamber .........2

Confluence Gallery ..........7 Flyfishers Pro Shop .......36 Hank’s Harvest Foods ...12 Lone Pine Fruit & Espresso ................18 Mazama Store .................9 Methow Cycle & Sport.... 15 Methow River Fly Shop ...36 Peligro ............................10 Poppie Jo’s Galleria ......19 Rawson’s ........................31 Red Hen Trading Co. ....41 Retro Pony .....................24 Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe ....42 Ulrich’s Valley Pharmacy..................16 Valley Hardware Do-It Center .............36 White Buck Trading Co. ..............42 Winthrop Motors ...........30 Winthrop Mountain Sports ........................11

Photographers Ms. Kitty’s Place ...........25

RV & Boat Storage Winthrop Mini Storage ....22

Real Estate Adventureland Real Estate ...............29 Blue Sky Real Estate ......6 Coldwell Banker Winthrop Realty .......22 Old Schoolhouse Ranch ...38 Re/Max Valley Life ........19

Theaters Merc Playhouse Theater....9


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