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Mazama: April 30, 2014

Mazama: April 30, 2014

By Bob Spiwak The incessant wind has continued virtually unabated right up to this morning. Evidence of this was our new high tech garbage can lying on its side along Highway 20, entrails scattered on the blacktop. Luckily, most of the gooey stuff was in plastic bags. I would have thought it might have been...
Mazama: April 23

Mazama: April 23

By Bob Spiwak Living where we do, says Ms. Gloria, is almost like living in the city and looking at the traffic go by. She was referring to the dozen-and-a-half or so mallards and wood ducks that come and go, cruise, eat, and park at the pond out the window. Of course once the highway...
On the water: Recollecting my days on the Green River

On the water: Recollecting my days on the Green River

By Bob Spiwak “It’s instant death to run Cataract Canyon in an open boat,” said our van driver as he zoomed past a semi in a whiteout on Interstate 70. He was speaking to Jeff Sandine, Craig Nelson and me, and referring to our three canoes on a trailer behind the van. There were also...
Mazama: April 9, 2014

Mazama: April 9, 2014

By Bob Spiwak The weather forecast for this morning (April 7) offered a day with sunshine and a high of 62. What we have is overcast and it’s very much on the cool side, 42 degrees. Not too conducive for a comfortable golf outing planned for tomorrow. Even without golf there is plenty of entertainment...
Mazama: April 2, 2014

Mazama: April 2, 2014

By Bob Spiwak It has been a very quiet week in Mazama. Many people have gone elsewhere, and the snow is going fast with nighttime temperatures being in the 40s. The ice is off the pond, the wood ducks and mallards are back to snarfing down cracked corn, and the larger mallards are again bullying...
Mazama: March 26, 2014

Mazama: March 26, 2014

By Bob Spiwak The bustling city of Mazama will be resonating with quiet from Monday (March 31) through April 3. The Mazama Store will be closed during those four days to commemorate spring break and exhaustion. What is to become of SLIME is yet to be determined. From Eric Burr comes our first floriferous report...
Mazama: March 19, 2014

Mazama: March 19, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Spring is notably on the way, ushered in by daylight saving time, the first pair of mallards skating on the frozen pond, a pair of varied thrushes, and a host of robins feeding on last year’s apples rotting on the tree. The melt is well underway, ushering in mud season, although the...
Mazama: March 12, 2014

Mazama: March 12, 2014

By Bob Spiwak As winter exits, we got some startling information from Rick Le Duc, designated deliverer of NOAA weather information from Mazama. From Nov. 1, 2013, through Feb. 10, 2014, 5.5 inches of precipitation and 43 cumulative inches of snow fell. That’s about 14 weeks. From Feb. 11 onward, a little over three weeks,...
When ‘in the pits’ meant excitement and adventure

When ‘in the pits’ meant excitement and adventure

By Bob Spiwak A few weeks ago in her lower Methow Valley column, Joanna Bastian wrote about Dale Burnison, an exceptional woodworker. What caught my eye and memory was that he was once a hydroplane racer. This was in the old days, which came after my own old days. Harking back to the late 1940s...
Mazama: March 5, 2014

Mazama: March 5, 2014

By Bob Spiwak It’s Monday and, as it has for the past month, this means it is snowing. But now it’s March and if you dig down five to 10 feet you might see some little flowers just aching to bloom — and be reported by Eric Burr, as is his custom. And it being the first...