One of Our Favourite Places

We stopped to buy cherries and Okanogan wine.
More than 20 years ago, on a camping trip through Washington, Oregon and British Columbia, Monsieur and I discovered one of our favourite places, the Methow Valley. After leaving Kelowna on Sunday morning, we travelled through the bench country with its wineries and crossed the border into the United States. Once over the border, the Okanagan becomes the Okanogan and there are fewer wine tasting stops.

As it was Sunday morning and we had spent Saturday night at a 65th birthday, wine tasting was not on the agenda. Our destination, the Mazama Ranch House is a much loved lodging for both of us. There is unlimited hiking, 120 miles of cross-country trails for biking or walking, a few really special restaurants, and a general store where I could spend hours. There is the Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival held next weekend and lots of arts and literary happenings.
Each of these units has a kitchenette
We have stayed in a condo, a cabin, a couple of Bed and Breakfast places but we like the quiet and the freedom of the Ranch house best. If you have a horse (which we don't) it stays free in the stables. We eat on the porch or we go out depending on our mood. This time, we went to Kelly's at Wesola Polana where I had a delicious black bean burger. They have an extraordinary beer selection and we tried a Slovakian and a Croatian beer.

The sky is blue and cloudless.
Last year, Monsieur did a lot of hiking and visited Goat Peak. We went biking on the trails but this year  we both have colds so relaxation was in order. I brought Flight Behaviour  by Barbara Kingsolver and I purchased a book of poetry Architect of Hope by a local poet, Danica Ready. I read them both in two days. 
It is so therapeutic to sit in the sun and read. Monsieur loves to read and to sleep in the hammock. For me, new people and cultures are intriguing but sometimes we just need couple time without television, telephone or Internet. Last night, there was a power outage so we only had a Coleman lamp and no running water (the pump is electric). Today, we returned home and M. already has 2 rehearsals lined up. It seems that we have to go away to really get away from it all!


  1. That looks idyllic -- we had hoped to get into the Okanagan this summer, but I think our trip to Revelstoke for a family reunion will probably be enough to manage. . .


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