Three weeks ago, we stuffed our brand-new tent and a bunch of blankets and sleeping bags in the trunk of our car, filled several paper grocery bags with things like dried pasta and ketchup and a loaf of bread and a jar of pickles, then waited until afternoon rush hour traffic was done and drove up I-5 and over the freshly opened North Cascades Highway into the Methow Valley. Continue reading
As I start out this blog, I thought it might be helpful to take stock of what P and I done so far to lay the groundwork for our eventual move to the Methow. Here is a quick summary:
We’ve been to the valley four times, in different times of the year: twice in the fall, once in the winter, and once in mid-spring. We’ve visited each of the three “bigger” towns, Mazama, Winthrop, and Twisp, staying in both hotels and campgrounds and doing a bit of exploring of both the towns and their surroundings (with the exception of Twisp, where we’ve only been to the town and didn’t really hang out outside of town). We’ve driven both the “short route” from Seattle to the valley (via Highway 20) and the “long route” (via Highway 97 and Highway 153).