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By Joanna Bastian

If you missed Sunday’s Methow Recycles metal drive, there is one more chance to clear out those piles of scrap metal and recycle it on June 7 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Cascade Concrete on Horizon Flats Road in Winthrop. This valuable fundraiser supports Methow Recycles programs that help the entire valley keep recycled goods out of landfills, help property owners clean up their land, and prevent vehicle and appliance fluids from leaking into the soil. Look for details at www.methowrecycles.org, or call Gina at (509) 341-4264, email heavymetal@methowrecycles.org, or stop by Methow Recycles in Twisp.

Last weekend we enjoyed a hike to Foggy Dew Falls. The trail traffic was light, considering that it was Memorial Day weekend and the campground was overflowing with visitors.

To get to the falls, follow Gold Creek Forest Service Road 4340 to Foggy Dew Campground and turn left onto Forest Service Road 200. This 5-mile road ends at the trailhead and is well maintained. Do not take the spur road to the left. This spur road leads to a newer trail that crosses a footbridge and climbs steeply, but the views are worth the climb.

Follow Foggy Dew road as it curves to the right and makes a few more hairpin curves before ending at the trailhead. Most of the trail is shaded by old-growth conifers. The snow has just recently melted back, revealing the new shoots and tender buds of wildflowers, which should be in full bloom in another two weeks. Lupine, mock orange, Indian paintbrush and arnica color the trail and fill the air with floral scents.

After a quarter of a mile, the trail crosses a boulder field. At the end of the rocky field is a small, cool cave. The trail takes a hard left right at the mouth of the cave, then begins to climb steadily upward. Small creeks, tumbling down mossy rocks, interrupt the trail at various intervals, rushing on their way to join Foggy Dew Creek.

The only information I could find on Foggy Dew Falls puts it at 2.5 miles from the trailhead. There is a view of the falls at 2.5 miles, but the spur trail that leads to a flat picnic and viewing area above the falls feels more like 4 miles from the trailhead.

A mile above the falls, the trail is still layered with snow, but it is easily navigated to the intersection that leads to Merchants Basin. We reluctantly turned around at this point, only because a steady rain had begun to fall.

Zen Gardens is back this year on the corner of Stokes Road and Highway 153 south of Carlton — near the intersection of Gold Creek. Zen Brandon has fruit trees available: apples, cold-hardy peaches, cherries and more. The fruit stand is also open, with organic fruits and veggies, fresh eggs and potted plants. The fruit stand is self-serve. Bring cash and drop it in the lock box by the door. Give Zen a call at (509) 923-2380.

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