Sun Mountain Get-Away — ahhh!

This just in from Dick on his and Nancy’s get-away to Sun Mountain and environs — brings back great memories of Nancy’s birthday party there!


Sometime, 10 days ago or so, we realized that we had no obligations after an early morning dental appointment, from Tuesday until the following Sunday evening. We took advantage of that hiatus to go to Sun Mountain for three days. As soon as Sandy (ne Strand, who was in Martha’s scout troop) got through cleaning my teeth and telling me to floss, we got on our way. It was one of those NW October days that one wishes would last forever.

We got to Winthrop in time for a late lunch at Duck Breath. The cottonwoods and maples were in fine color, as were the aspens. Our room was “Valley View” in the lodge though I had asked for Gardner. The receptionist assured me they were very busy. The lobby was deserted. There was time to read on the patio. That is, snooze over our books. Dinner was a little late, and it was dark, so no view.

Wednesday after a breakfast of trout and eggs (included!), and a beautiful sunrise, we drove up to Hart’s Pass, to see the larches. You may recall, when we were all there two years ago, the larches had not yet changed color, to the expected golden yellow. This year they were past, the needles all on the ground. We did find the proper access to Pacific Crest Trail, which we missed two years ago. It was a nice stroll out on the trail for about a mile and a half,with great views across to the mountains of the Cascade crest. Back down, and back up to the lodge, we had time for the hot tub, and a glorious sunset, then dinner before it got too dark to see.

Thursday morning, again a great breakfast, we had an appointment up the West Chewuch Road to the Bluebird Grain Farm. This organization grows it’s produce on the fields adjacent to Patterson Lake, at the foot of Sun Mountain. The factory is about two miles or so above River Run Resort, well remembered from 2008. The grain Nancy was interested in is Farro, a variety of Emmer. Something we had in 2008 was basically farro. Emmer is the ancient ancestor of all wheat. Bluebird’s products are variations on Emmer. We saw a bill of lading for an outlet in NYC while in their sales room. Of course, we came away with some of it. Steve and Mike might enjoy baking some emmer bread. David, too.

Harvesting Emmer wheat on Bluebird Farm

From there we went ghost town hunting. The books I bought last time about the Methow Valley and it’s history, talked about lots of mining towns up in the hills. We went to find Gilbert, up the Twisp River. At 35 miles, we came to a nice campground, where two guys were packing up their deer- Hunting season had opened. This was the road end. No sign of Gilbert, or any clue of a trail on up to the pass. After lunch, I drove back down more slowly, and did spot what appeared to be a road beginning. Sure enough, around the corner was a rusty fence gate with fearsome signs about danger, unexploded dynamite, unmarked mine shafts and that this was private land and an open mining claim There was even one log cabin of suitable age to be able to claim that I found Gilbert.

Thursday evening we went back to Twisp, had burgers in a CAFE, before the theatre. The play was “The Mousetrap” by Agatha Christie, acted very well by Twisp and Winthrop homebodies.

Friday morning we had a smaller breakfast. I had Methow granola, with a side of bacon- I had to pay for the bacon – and yogurt. We checked out and then enjoyed once more walking the interpretive loop up around the hill above the parking lots. Of course the drive home included a stop at the Buffalo run Inn in Marblemount for blackberry pie.

The week ended with dinner at Amy and Lib’s house. Serbian Spinach! I had forgotten how good that is. And many pictures of Scandinavia, Kayla swimming, and the same Holland that we have recently enjoyed. Now we get to have dinner again to see  the pictures that Nancy took.

Of particular note, on our return, we found the Rod is recovering well from bypass surgery, which he had about ten days ago. At last report, he was preparing to move to the rehab unit at Americare Hospital in Ocean shores, NJ.

Arcadia + Rodney = Wedding Bells, September 25th, 2010!

It was the event of the year: Arcadia’s and Rodney’s wedding on September 25th! To begin with it was a gorgeous day; it was hot, even, but by the time the wedding began, Arcadia’s and Rodney’s lovely back-yard garden was beginning to be shaded — perfect for the ceremony! Before it began, their officiant passed around a basket of stones and marking pens for all of us to write “words of blessing” on them to put in their fountain; here’s a picture of just a few of the stones collected there:

Arcadia wore the dress that Beah sewed for Nancy; here it is, sixty years ago and a month ago!

Wouldn’t Beah be tickled (in more ways than one)!!

The ceremony was wonderful — with a great sermon-ette drawing all of us into the “village” supporting Arcadia’s and Rodney’s marriage — and once the rings, vows, and kisses were exchanged, the DJs on hand brought the ceremony to a close — and brought on the general celebration (dinner, cake, champagne, toasts, dancing) with the Beatles’ “All You Need is Love.” Here’s yet another toast to the newlyweds in the form of the lyrics from a Joan Baez song that comes to mind, along with one more picture — may the celebrating (dreaming, growing . . . ) go on and on!

 I am less than the song I am singing
 I am more than I thought I could be
 Spent some time as a child in day dreaming
 As a young one I sailed on the sea

 So come stand by my side where I'm going
 Take my hand if I stumble to fall
 It's the strength that you share when you're growing
 That gives me what I need most of all
 That gives me what I need most of all

 Different minds, different ways
 Different reasons to believe
 Some far journeys we have taken                
Some sweet dreams we've had to leave

 And I want you to be happy
 And I hope you always will
 For I cannot rest easy
 Till all your dreams are real
 Till all your dreams are real

10/10/10: A delightfully decimal day!

decimal: Relating to tenth parts, or to the number ten; proceeding by tens (from Latin decimus, a tenth or decem, ten).

In honor of October 10, 2010, the Boomerang offers ten tens:

1. 10 fingers, ten toes, hence base 10

2. the 10 essentials for hiking:
i. map
ii. compass
111. extra food
iv. extra clothing
v. rain gear
vi. first aid supplies
vii. pocket knife
viii. matches
ix. flashlight
x. firestarter

3. 10 parts of the Girl Scout law:
I will do my best to be
i. honest and fair,
ii. friendly and helpful,
iii. considerate and caring,
iv. courageous and strong, and
v. responsible for what I say and do,
and to
vi. respect myself and others,
vii. respect authority,
viii. use resources wisely,
ix. make the world a better place, and
x. be a sister to every Girl Scout. (I think this has been updated since I was a Girl Scout!)

4. 10 spheres of the Sephiroth (Hebrew for “enumerations”; read more about them here):
i. Crown
ii. Wisdom
iii. Intelligence
iv. Love
v. Justice
vi. Beauty (or Mercy)
vii. Victory or Firmness
viii. Splendor
ix. Foundation
x. Kingdom

5. Pac-10
i. University of Arizona
ii. Arizona State University
iii. University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!)
iv. University of Oregon
v. Oregon State University
vi. Stanford University
vii. University of California, Los Angeles
viii. University of Southern California
ix. University of Washington (Mush Huskies!)
x. Washington State University (Go Cougs!)

6. top 10 books of the decade (read more about these here):
i. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
ii. The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield
iii. Water for Elephants, by Sarah Gruen
iv. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by M. Shaffer and A. Barrows
v. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
vi. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
vii. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon
viii. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
ix. What is What, by Dave Eggers
x. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling

7. The Ten (read more about this group of American painters here):
i. Childe Hassam
ii. J. Alden Weir
iii. John Henry Twachtman
iv. Robert Reid
v. Willard Metcalf
vi. Frank Weston Benson
vii. Edmund Charles Tarbell
viii. Thomas Wilmer Dewing
ix.Joseph DeCamp
x. Edward Simmons

8. Mount Ten — in Vietman

9. Ten foods to eat every day (read about the virtues of these foods here):
i. Spinach
ii. Tomatoes
iii. Yoghurt
iv. Carrots
v. Blueberries
vi. Oats
vii. Walnuts
viii. Black Beans
ix. Whole grains
x. Oranges

10. 10 favorite Washington State ferry names:
i. the Elwha
ii. the Kaleeten
iii. the Yakima
iv. the Hyak
v. the Isaquah
vi. the Sealth
vii. the Klikitat
viii. the Nisqually
ix. the Chinook
x. the Quinault

Coming soon: the wedding report!