By Sarah Schrock
“Uh, what did that say? Did you see that sign?” Braking …
“No, what? I wasn’t looking.”
“It must be talking about Washington Pass, it’s just an early warning …”
“Well, don’t go any further, or we’ll lose cell reception.” Thumb tap, tap, tap … “Yeah, Highway 20 washed out between mile marker such and such and Rock Creek, both east and west lanes closed …”
The staycation has its merits. For one, there’s no unpacking, no overly tired, jet-lagged kids to get to school Monday morning, and no detours. Our 6.5-hour return trip just became 8 hours due to Highway 20 washouts on the Loup. Though we got away for a few days to British Columbia, we spent the first half of the break on a staycation.
Staycationers, who by definition stuck around to soak up the rain, watch the spring beauties emerge, and welcome the first hummingbirds, deserve some accolades. Staying in the valley during spring break is not for those who bore easily.
It takes some creativity, craftiness and culinary fortitude as many establishments close shop for the week or more. No bakery, no bistro, no bubble tea (OK, we don’t have that anyway … but you get the picture).
The Frady family from lower Beaver Creek welcomed family from Oregon and took to geocaching to fill their time away from home schooling. Without disclosing too many geocache locations, they did say that the Twisp Town Park is in need of some TLC. Apparently, they found garbage under the stage instead of any geocache booty. Don’t fret, Frady Family! There’s a remedy for the refuse.
An Earth Day cleanup is scheduled for April 22 and everyone from around the valley is invited to pitch in. Town neighborhood residents are encouraged to gather with their neighbors from 9 – 10 a.m. to clean up their immediate yards and roads, then gather at the Twisp Commons at 10 a.m. Volunteers will disperse into groups to clean up surrounding areas including streets, sidewalks, parks and any open space that needs it, and will finish up at Twisp Park. Blue bags for recyclables will be provided by WasteWise. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, their own garbage bag, and rakes if so willing. Coffee will be provided at Twisp Park upon completion of the cleanup.
Earth Day is an American tradition. It was founded and established by Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson in 1970. By 1990, Earth Day became an internationally recognized day of celebration, protest and activism. Each community recognizes Earth Day in different ways, and the cleanup in Twisp is about honoring public spaces and taking pride in our community by keeping it clean. In addition to the town cleanup, the Methow Conservancy and Pearrygin Lake State Park are hosting an Earth Day spring cleanup Sunday April 23 at the park. The event will include a barbecue, wildflower walk and free admission for volunteers. To participate, contact Mary Kiesau at email@example.com or call 996-2870.
Pearrygin Lake State Park will also host the annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday (April 15). The event is sponsored by the Twisp Valley Grange and Winthrop Kiwanis. Kids of all ages have plenty of chances to gather eggs, meet the Easter Bunny, and eat at the barbecue following the event. The hunt starts at noon.
On Easter, April 16, after the baskets have been opened, church services attended, and hams eaten, a New Life Kids Resurrection celebration will be performed in the evening by the valley’s Christian youth. The performance will include over 40 of the valley’s kids in song, seven dance pieces, a skit and verse, starting at 7 p.m. at Cascade Bible Church, 1119 Highway 20.