Photo by Mandi Donohue Approaching the Goat Peak summit:  rough drive to the trailhead is worth it.

Photo by Mandi Donohue
Approaching the Goat Peak summit: rough drive to the trailhead is worth it.

By Mandi Donohue

Dear friends, I am truly sorry to tell you that I misreported last week. Logan Ellis has not made 20,000 sandwiches for the Mazama Store this summer alone. Instead he has successfully made 20,000 sandwiches for the store over the past two summers collectively. (I also need to mention that Chef Eric of the Mazama Country Inn is not Chef Jason.) Though still a celebratory number of sandwiches, I understand this is a gross journalistic misstep and I hope to one day earn back your trust. I also promise to triple-check my facts before reporting. 

As for the news, we have had an epic McWhirter sighting! Jason Paulsen and Valerie Potts have successfully tracked down the beloved retired couple and even got to be their first Methow Valley guests, visiting their new haunt near Gig Harbor. 

Larry currently has a golf pro position at a municipal golf course and will be a featured golfer at the next Masters. He recently purchased a beater car: a black Lamborghini Huracan LP 580-2 with a V-12 cylinder engine, a successor to the Gallardo. When Jason asked Larry how much it set him back he said, “If you need to ask, you can’t afford it.” Linda, while missing her beautifully productive garden terribly, has been expanding her horizons with a high-end Olympia Peninsula cannabis farm. (Mr. Spiwak, there were no reports of table dancing but it looks like she’s up to her old tricks!)

Personally, I think the farm might be a laundering front for the real money, if you know what I mean. I did always hear the strangest muffled sounds coming out of their trunk.  

It looks like Larry and Linda are doing extremely well on the west side and while they miss everyone back in Mazama, they are excited to be close to family and plan to start construction on their new place this fall. The Mazama community is thrilled to hear such good news and sends our best wishes to the dearly missed couple.

About 15 to 20 residents packed into the Mazama Community Club on a hot and stuffy Thursday for the showing of Kharma Bums, a documentary about four young men paddle-boarding the Ganges River. Having returned from India in March, it was a lot of fun to revisit my experiences there though the film. In the documentary, one of the men described the adventure as “having the highest highs and the lowest lows, and sometimes even at the same moment.” I found that relatable as I can only describe India as “feeling every emotion you have all of the time.” A truly unique and surreal place.

Lliam and I made our way up to Goat Peak lookout this week. It’s a hike I do only once a summer but can never remember why I don’t visit more often. A few hundred feet into the drive up the trailhead, wishing I had strapped down all major appendages and body parts beforehand, the reason was rattled to my brain. The drive makes you feel like you’re a marble pin-balling around the hollows of an old typewriter. How fun that it’s just like a trip to India! You’re guaranteed to feel all parts of your body all of the time. While we miss Lightning Bill’s presence since he was moved down valley, it is so beautiful up there and always worth it. I can’t help but feel like the summer is wrapping up, folks …  

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