I’ve called the Methow Valley “home” for over a decade and I still enjoy finding hidden gems that are new to me. Here are a few key tips to enjoying the trails while helping to preserve and protect this wonderful corner of universe:
Leave only footprints. When bears develop a taste for discarded apple cores, sandwich crusts and nuts, they are more likely to investigate a hiker who smells like these tasty treats. Save a bear, save a hiker, and pack out food scraps.
Toilet paper. Good grief. When people blow their nose in a tissue, they don’t throw it on the ground. What is up with leaving used t.p. everywhere? Do these people not know about Ziploc bags? Some people should never leave the house. No wonder there’s a global pandemic.
Tread lightly. Healthy plant life supports a healthy ecosystem. Heavy foot traffic kills plant life and causes erosion. Please stay on trails.
Do not disturb archaeological sites, and do not geo-tag or post on social media the location of culturally sensitive areas. We need everyone’s help to protect the heritage of Native peoples who have continued to live in the Methow Valley for over 10,000 years, and who are still here.
To learn more about the Methow people, visit the Methow Valley Interpretive Center (MVIC) on the TwispWorks campus. On Saturday (June 26), from 5-7 p.m., join herbalist Shana Lewis and botanist George Wooten for a tour of the Native Plant Garden. Celebrated storyteller and Okanagan descendant Arnie Marchand will share stories from his new book, “Stim An S Kwist: What Is Your Name?” on Sunday (June 27), from 5- 6:30 p.m. Visit www.MethowValleyInterpretiveCenter.com for details and links to video presentations.
The Pateros Apple Pie Jamboree is rolling full steam ahead this year, and organizers are excited to offer events where participants can safely gather outside. The T-shirt design is retro-cool this year, my favorite yet to date. Supplies are limited, pre-order shirts online for $20.
A popular event for over 70 years, Apple Pie Jamboree is an annual community fundraiser supporting Pateros youth programs of sports, music, theater, Christmas gift bags, and two weeks of free swimming lessons. All the action is the third weekend in July, 16-18. The weekend is packed with kids’ games, food, art vendors, 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, a Color Run, parade, fireworks, jet ski races, pancake breakfast, fried chicken dinner and, of course, apple pie.
The candy toss will look a little different this year. Instead of being flung from parade floats, individual candy bags will be offered to kids in the park.
The 3-on-3, all-ages basketball tournament is now open for registration. Cost is $80 per team, and includes T-shirts for team members. July 12 is the final date to register. The ever-popular Color Run is also open for registration, routes are either 1 mile or a 5K. Registration forms and event calendar are on the APJ webpage: www.paterosapj.org
Apple Pie Jamboree is in need of volunteers to make apple pies. Bags of frozen sliced apples are available and ready to be poured into shells and baked into gooey goodness. APJ is collecting donations for candy at Lakeshore Inn, and needs volunteers to fill candy bags. The vendor committee still looking for food, craft and information vendors. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Talicia Miller-Poole at email@example.com.
Visit the Apple Pie Jamboree Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ApplePieJamboree, for details.