By Bob Spiwak
Not much happening in the Mazama environs this week. Now that Labor Day is past, the traffic has been heavier than we might have expected. The Mazama Store has an unbelievable number of vehicles parked even before it opens at 7 a.m. A year ago it was, until an hour or so later, occupied primarily by the locals, and maybe a half dozen of these.
This morning, for example, at about 7:30 a.m. there was a congregation of people gathered in the courtyard having some sort of meeting. While looking for a parking place I went past an SUV with the back hatch open, and within was an agglomeration of backpacks and other such material. What has changed this year over the past appears to be the number of mountain climbers and hikers, ranging from solos to groups or clubs, and this has persisted since the snow departed.
It won’t be long until the trees begin to don their fall colors and that will bring forth the foliage folks to see the displays of color. And after that comes the snow. So now you have non-news of the past as well as that of the future.
Walking along the highway last week, I watched a string of Porsches, perhaps a dozen, go by heading to the Vintage Wheels Show in Winthrop, I’d assume. The were all colors, tops up, tops down, and oh-so-bright-and-shiny. It did bring back memories of club- oriented race and rallying days of my past.
And my wife just called from Wenatchee, where she is attending a class in librarian-ing, as she is one of Sally Portman’s substitutes at the Winthrop Library. Ms. Gloria’s plan was to drive to Chelan and from there catch the bus to Wenatchee. The journey takes an hour from place to place and she missed her ride. This brought to mind the proposed transit service from here in the valley to Wenatchee. Whatever happened to that idea, or is it still in the formative mode? Anybody know?
I’d far rather take the bus than drive the 100-plus miles when the snow is on the road.