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Lower Valley: Nov. 25, 2015

Lower Valley: Nov. 25, 2015

By Joanna Bastian Black Canyon Road south of Methow has a new canyon, compliments of last Tuesday’s rainstorm on Nov. 17. While the upper valley received over a foot and a half of snow, the lower valley received an equal amount of rain, if not more. One foot of snow generally equates to 1 inch...
Lower Valley: November 11, 2015

Lower Valley: November 11, 2015

By Joanna Bastian I had planned a column featuring all autumn quotes, such as this gem from Jack Kerouac: “Swinging on delicate hinges the autumn leaf almost off the stem.” But then it snowed. Writing about autumn suddenly felt passé, like pumpkin spice latte. Speaking of pumpkins — we roasted a pumpkin earlier this week and mashed...
Lower Valley: Oct. 28, 2015

Lower Valley: Oct. 28, 2015

By Joanna Bastian Larch trees blend in with other conifers most of the year, but when autumn arrives, they reveal their true colors. Deciduous needles change from dark green to brilliant yellow. The Golden Lakes Loop trails on Gold Creek are  — to continue a literary theme — pure gold. To get there, take Gold Creek Loop to...
Lower Valley: Oct. 14, 2015

Lower Valley: Oct. 14, 2015

By Joanna Bastian I was a vision of loveliness. White shirt, broad-brimmed taupe hat, blue swim trunks.  Paddling across a cold alpine lake, trees along the shoreline turning their leaves in the autumn sun. Black Pine Lake is lovely any time of year, but autumn is particularly magical. The water is crystal clear, and the...
Lower Valley: September 23, 2015

Lower Valley: September 23, 2015

By Joanna Bastian Enid Gobat Shaw has lived in the Methow Valley for 99 years. During Enid’s lifetime, women earned the right to vote, jazz joined the great migration north to Chicago, Martin Luther King Jr. marched for civil rights, a man walked on the moon, planet Pluto was discovered, Prohibition introduced the cocktail, polio...
Lower Valley: September 9, 2015

Lower Valley: September 9, 2015

By Joanna Bastian If you have recently journeyed to the Met-Low, you may have noticed something lower than usual in the lower valley: Lake Pateros. Defined as the area behind Wells Dam, Lake Pateros stretches all the way to Chief Joseph Dam and extends one mile up the Methow Valley, at the mouth of the...
Lower Valley: August 26, 2015

Lower Valley: August 26, 2015

By Joanna Bastian During a week like this, some of us completely lose our appetites, but we still have the gumption to prepare food and feed people. At a recent community meeting at Alta Lake, some people wanted to bring bulldozers, while Sue DePriest and Kathie Oberg brought freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. The bulldozers...
Lower Valley: August 12, 2015

Lower Valley: August 12, 2015

By Joanna Bastian Recently, I traveled to San Francisco and used the Uber app to get from numerous points A to various points B. In the land of seafood, wine and earthquakes, the Uber drivers all discussed a recent New Yorker article about a pending earthquake not in California, but in Washington state. One Uber...
Lower Valley: July 15, 2015

Lower Valley: July 15, 2015

By Joanna Bastian When I think back to Thursday, July 17, 2014, I distinctly remember the scorching heat. It felt hotter than the temperature displayed on the thermometer, and every gust of wind was as though someone had opened an oven door. The hot wind delivered chunks of blackened, smoking ash — drifting into the grass and...
Lower Valley: July 8, 2015

Lower Valley: July 8, 2015

By Joanna Bastian   Sixknot Cider, an organic orchard and cidery in Carlton, was offering a free tasting at Glover Street Market last Saturday. Cold and refreshing, the hard cider had a light crispness and could possibly be, hands down, my new favorite hard cider. Sixknot Cider is a serious contender in the world of...