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Lower Valley: May 20, 2015

Lower Valley: May 20, 2015

By Joanna Bastian The lower valley is quiet and unassuming. Quiet bends in the river flow past blossoming orchards, streams bubble and bounce through stands of aspens, wildflowers dot the shaded groves. The setting sun lights up fields of bunchgrass as ladybugs and bees dance in the iridescent glow. No one expects the lower valley,...
Lower Valley: April 22, 2015

Lower Valley: April 22, 2015

By Joanna Bastian Due to a recent, unexpected “slash and burn” event last July that shall not be named, spring cleaning is a bigger task this year than in previous years. Methowians are hard at work fixing irrigation lines and fences, clearing building sites, and replanting trees and bushes. On our property in the lower...
Lower Valley: April 8, 2015

Lower Valley: April 8, 2015

By Joanna Bastian Something is different about this week. It is the lack of school buses pausing along Highway 153 to let loose groups of young scholars each afternoon. Spring break is in full swing, and that means summer is just around the corner. If you happen to be on horseback, some incredible views of...
Lower Valley: March 25, 2015

Lower Valley: March 25, 2015

By Joanna Bastian It is not normal to see someone snorkeling in the Methow Valley in March. I have completed a fair amount of meticulous research on the subject and have formulated several strong theories on why snorkeling is not an early spring activity in the Methow Valley: • It is mud season. Underwater vision...
Lower Valley: March 11, 2015

Lower Valley: March 11, 2015

By Joanna Bastian I used to think that the ankle was rather a useless appendage when it came to the activity of writing. Actually — correction — I did not think that at all. I did not correlate a body part at the end of my leg to the activity principally performed by the phalanges above my wrist. Due...
Lower Valley: Feb. 25, 2015

Lower Valley: Feb. 25, 2015

By Joanna Bastian The garage has been gone for nearly seven months now. You truly never appreciate something until it’s gone. Especially something as inconsequential as a garage. We were at Goat’s Beard Mountain Supply in Mazama, replacing skis and ski boots a few months ago, when my husband mentioned that the garage had a...
Lower Valley: Feb. 11, 2015

Lower Valley: Feb. 11, 2015

By Joanna Bastian A few months ago, I watched a story unfold in the lower Methow Valley. Along the banks of the river — where the course takes a graceful bend before spreading into Lake Pateros — a small camping tent popped up where two houses stood before the fires. Soon after, the site was completely cleared, and prep...
Methow: January 28, 2015

Methow: January 28, 2015

By Joanna Bastian The Methow Valley is renowned for its perfect mix of snow. The accumulation of perfect little snowflakes is not too dry nor too wet. It is the perfect blend for groomed ski and fat bike trails. It is also the perfect medium for sculpting snowmen, snow bears, and even stalwart Roman soldiers....
Methow: January 14, 2015

Methow: January 14, 2015

Methow By Joanna Bastian Thirty degrees feels absolutely balmy after December’s initial foray into single-digit temperatures. The current beach-worthy weather has done little to diminish my coat envy. It is time for a new warm coat, especially since my overly qualified herding dog tried to save me and my down jacket with her teeth during...
Methow: December 24, 2014

Methow: December 24, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Emily Dickinson once wrote a short note to a friend, expressing a wish: “I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.” When the trees and bushes outside my kitchen window are full of birds flitting back and forth and singing, I imagine I know what...