Morning quote for your life in a small town

Mad Man With A Box“We’re all stories in the end.  Just make it a good one.  A daft old man who stole a magic box and ran away.  You’ll dream about that box.  It’ll never leave  you.  Big and little at the same time.  Brand new and ancient.  And the bluest blue ever.  The Doctor and Amy Pond.”

– Doctor Who, The Complete Fifth Series

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Twin Peaks from a small town

Welcome to Twin Peaks

Welcome to Twin Peaks

The Twin Peaks Festival was recently held in North Bend, Washington the weekend of August 2-4, 2013.  This was the 20th anniversary of the event.  Sold out, with about two hundred people attending!  The festival started in 1993, after two seasons of Twin Peaks, which first aired in 1990.  It has achieved cult status with a defining impact on the careers of the actors.

Big log appearing in the credits

Big log appearing in the credits

The first season aired in 1990, the year I moved to Ellensburg.  I don’t recall any television in Ellensburg at this time, certainly not for someone working to support her horse habit and riding every chance she got!  I just recently completed watching Twin Peaks in its entirety and am completely mesmerized.

What's left of the Packard saw mill

What’s left of the Packard saw mill

I’m not an expert, but Twin Peaks captures your attention with its film noir ambience, its stylish details enhanced by the episodic continuation that encourages the magnification of plot and character.

Cherry pie and. . . .

Cherry pie and. . . .

I missed the Festival, and I think I’m going to have to seriously consider attending next year!  Get my donuts and cherry pie, along with a damn fine cup of coffee!

Did it happen here?

Did it happen here?

A few days following the festival, I took my own road trip and searched out some of the filming sites.

The Sheriff's office

The Sheriff’s office

The Sheriff’s office has a new life now.  You can still see the square spot on the sidewalk by the entry where the signage used to be.

The reception area where Lucy Moran held "court" with Deputy Andy

The reception area where Lucy Moran held “court” with Deputy Andy

The glass no longer exists in the reception area where Lucy Moran held court.

Ronette's bridge

Ronette’s bridge

Ronette’s bridge crosses the Snoqualmie River, and it has morphed into part of a nature trail, nice and paved, not the railroad track it once supported.  It is a favorite spot of local weekenders looking to stay cool on a hot day.

Drop on in. . . .

Drop on in. . . .

The Roadhouse is still the Roadhouse, now the Fall City Roadhouse, a great place to have Sunday Brunch or other eats!

The Great Northern

The Great Northern

The Great Northern Hotel is, of course, our own Salish Lodge and Spa used for exterior shots with the Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo used for interior scenes.

A long drop. . . .

A long drop. . . .

The base of Snoqualmie Falls was used for Maddie’s burial site.

Get your Twin Peaks souvenir coffee mug on your next visit!

Get your Twin Peaks souvenir coffee mug on your next visit!

The Double R Cafe is alive and well as Twede’s Cafe, and remains a mecca!  Your timing will have to be impeccable for your spot in the diner.  I like sitting at the bar for my pie and coffee.

How about you?

Terri

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Farmer’s Market in a small town

Ellensburg Farmer's Market

Ellensburg Farmer’s Market

Summer into fall is a great time to take advantage of local farmer’s markets.  Does your community have one?  We are fortunate here that all of our close by communities participate.  Cle Elum on Saturday, Roslyn on Sunday, and even further afield to Yakima and Moses Lake.

Enjoy!

Enjoy!

We had a great day for it, the smokey haze from the Colockum Tarps Fire had receeded, the skies were blue with a slight breeze, beautiful!

baked goods

baked goods

There was a wide variety of goods and services, from eats and treats,

From the farmer to you

From the farmer to you

direct-from-the-farmer produce,

non-GMO products here

non-GMO products here

a great place to find organic and non-GMO products,

wood fired pizza for lunch!

wood fired pizza for lunch!

and even a wood fired pizza oven!

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from the Canyon River Bakers Bakery

The whole family participates in this endeavor from The Canyon River Bakers Bakery.  Same folks that have Lunchbox Cafe across from Safeway, try it out!

Try this!

Try this!

We have some unique things here!

Ask about your custom portrait!

Ask about your custom portrait!

Local photographer, Phil Klucking, has artistic imagery for your home, I found prints of some favorite barns!  Check out his website: http://kluckingimages.com/

Musical gatherings

Musical gatherings

Street musicians serenade. . . .

a rapt audience!

a rapt audience!

to a wide audience, everyone enjoying themselves!

harvest!

harvest!

Something for everyone!  People watching, dog walking, lunch munching, friends gathering, what do you go for?  I’d love to know!

my favorites!

my favorites!

Here’s to partaking of your local harvest!

Terri

 

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Leaving Stehekin for our small town

Sunday, August 12, 2012                  6:30 a.m.             Reporting from The Lodge, the Village

Breakfast on the deck at the Lodge

Breakfast on the deck at the Lodge

I cannot resist my early morning coffee, the lake is like glass, it is so still.

We are all returning with some sun, although without burns, and a few misquito bites, spider sightings, and bear countings, up to nine thus far!

The Village is quiet, reflection of late Saturday night for some.  I hear a motorboat now, the day is starting. . .

Yogurt Parfae for Alanna

Breakfast yogurt for Alanna

Breakfast at the Lodge:

Meatlovers omelet, yogurt parfait for Alanna with a side of toast and hashbrowns.  Hotcakes for Paula, coffee, of course.

Omelet for me!

Omelet for me!

Noon, all loaded, ready to cast off.  Clear sailing, the lake a little choppy compared to the glass of this morning, earlier.  The girls are singing, I love to see the interaction between them, the fun, and Paula’s smiles and giggles.

Fruitstand on the way home

Fruit stand on the way home

Stopped at a fruit stand after landing, on the way back, and another stop at Mineral Springs, the restaurant, for grilled ham and cheese and ice cream sundae, something for everyone all around so no one goes home hungry!

A vacation to remember!

Where was your most memorable?

Terri

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Small town Stehekin

August 11, 2012                    Reporting from our cabin at The Ranch

Leaving. . . .

Leaving. . . .

Ahhh. . . .

The kids are all snuggled still in their beds, the hearthfire is blazing, the coffee is hot!  Blueberry hotcake is coming. . . . .time to wake those girls up!  Blueberry pancake, egg over hard, coffee, coffee, coffee!  Bacon and a little hashbrowns.  Alanna with her omelet, Paula with her hotcakes, multi-grain, they grind everything here for them!  Between here and the Stehekin Bakery, you are getting some good stuff!

The plane!  The plane!  Fly in your next visit!

The plane! The plane! Fly in your next visit!

OK, things are set with the girl’s raft trip today and dinner here.  Should be fun and a great way of ending a wonderful vacation.  Another night in the Village at the Lodge, and the fast boat, the Lady Express, back to Fields Landing.

Taking the Lady Express back to Fields Landing

Taking the Lady Express back to Fields Landing

Five days in the area – Alanna loved it, Paula ready for some adventure after a day off – she’ll feel better after her raft ride today.  Got our souvenirs, except for Paula, oh, a stuffed pony!

Speaking of stuffed animal!  For dinner, six ounce steak, blueberry pie, salad, baked potato, sesame bread, salmon and fixings for the girls.

A beautiful morning

A beautiful morning

What a day!  Outdoor fun for all, ending up with a great supper at the Ranch, and a complementary bus ride back to town.  Stargazing being held tonight by the post office in the Village.  Alanna will go and enjoy the evening and see the Milky Way and the meteor shower.  She also attended the Forest Service talk about Man Mimicking Nature.

It is the stillest night thus far, no breeze off the lake, but managing to be not quite so hot anyway.

Ride the Fjords

Ride the Fjords

Stay tuned for my horseback ride up to Coon Lake!

Terri

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Mountain ride from Stehekin

August 10, 2012             Stehekin Valley Ranch

Paula's pancake breakfast

Paula’s pancake breakfast

Morning breakfast!  Hotcakes with blueberries, eggs and omelets, french toast, biscuits and gravy, oatmeal, coffee off the hearth fire, LOVE IT!

I had egg, bacon, blueberry pancake, coffee, hashbrowns with a little gravy.

Stehekin Valley Ranch offers horseback riding into the mountains using sturdy, steady, and reliable Fjord horses.  You have your choice of a longer, fourteen mile ride starting in the morning after breakfast.  Pack up a lunch off the “adventure buffet” to take with you!  Or you can have an afternoon ride up to Coon Lake, back in time for dinner!

View from my chair

View from my chair

Today, a day of relaxation for us until Alanna goes for her horseback ride at 2:30.  I built in a day of downtime for myself. . . .r&r, vegging, also for Paula, may take a walk, but nothing for sure except feet up!  Ahhh. . .i’m just going to sit today, listen to the leaves rustle, and the river flow. . . .The sun is up, bathing the meadow with light.  A cool morning breeze to head off the heat of the day.

A smashed toad on our walk

A smashed toad on our walk

I hear a plane overhead, there are tours on the seaplanes to take you over the high ridges, as well as in and out of Stehekin, on our list for a future trip?  Mmmmm, whatever they are cooking, mmmmm, it is drifting over our way!  Lunch in an hour!  Just a hair-in-a-ponytail, no makeup, relaxing kind of day!

Hamburgers with homemade buns

Hamburgers with homemade buns

Lunch!  Hamburgers all around, fresh apple, lemonade.

Alanna and her steed

Alanna and her steed

I walked over to the stables with Alanna.  She was assigned her friendly horse, and she spent a few minutes getting acquainted before getting some safety tips and mounting up.  I waved her off on her adventure!

Coon Lake

Coon Lake

Back at The Ranch, Paula and I hang out, reading and napping.  I dozed, listening to the buzz of flies and bees, usual summer companions!

The cowbell rings for dinner at 5:30 sharp!  Barbeque chicken, cornbread slathered in butter, black beans, red potatoes with gravy, salad with coleslaw and all the fixings.  Paula got in and out of the pie line with impeccable timing!  Alanna and I are still waiting, then decided to jump in!  Alana had half carrot cake and half strawberry rhubarb.  I had chocolate raspberry double layer cake.  Paula had chocolate cake!

Today is Friday night and the place is packed for dinner.  I think many come from town, since the accommodations here are limited.  It looks like everybody who got off the boat made it up here to The Ranch!   Our host Cliff is always on hand to mingle and inform regarding the ins and outs of getting around and what’s happening between The Ranch and Stehekin Village.  Laid back, with his cowboy rancher persona, he welcomes guests and helps to get them settled.

The family-style Friday night dinner wraps up!  I am a stuffed animal! (and maybe a potato also!)  A walk down to the river encourages my meal to settle . . .

The end of another wonderful day

The end of another wonderful day

9:00 p.m. Still some light, no mosquitos or Alanna’s repellent is working mightily. . . .it is  such a beautiful evening, I can hear the Stehekin River. . . .we’ll continue the fun and adventure tomorrow!

Terri

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Stehekin stories continued. . . .

Another day at The Ranch

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls

The Ranch is a major draw in the community, bringing up folks for breakfast, they can then bicycle back, taking in the sights of Rainbow Falls, Stehekin Bakery, the old school house, the organic farm, to name a few.

Stehekin River

Stehekin River

Rafting the Stehekin River!  Alanna and I had a little trepidation, but we both wanted to take advantage of a new experience.  Plenty of chances to get wet the first half of the journey down to the lake.  Nick, the guide, big personality, with a major in physics, deciding it was time to find the “real” job!  We had a variety of personalities and backgrounds as our companions!

Too wet in the raft to take the camera!

Too wet in the raft to take the camera!

The float was a Class 2 until about halfway down, when it changed to a Class 1.  At the mouth of the Lake, we were hooked up to each other and pulled into the Village dock by motorboat.  We were then transported back to The Ranch, in time for dinner!

My perch on the porch

My perch on the porch

The sun has sank behind the mountain ridges.  A few stragglers enjoying coffee and desert.  Mosquitoes coming out, time for the jacket, the first of these critters I’ve seen!  Horses are on their way in, nose to tail, while the pasture gets irrigated.

Evening. . . .

Evening. . . .

Tomorrow, a day of relaxation for Paula and myself.  Alanna will ride on horseback to Coon Lake.  Paula in the shower, Alanna with her favorite read.  Squirrels darting, the peace and restfulness of being “out of touch” with the real world, what’s real anyway?  What should be real?

I’m grateful there are such escape hatches left!

Terri

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More stories from Stehekin

Reporting from the Stehekin Valley Ranch

The homestead at The Ranch

The homestead at The Ranch

The shuttle bus here to The Ranch was packed with a party of thirteen backpackers headed into the wilderness from Bridge Creek.  This backpacking thing makes horse camping and riding look easy!  I’ll stick with the horses!

The dining hall where all good food is found!

The dining hall where all good food is found!

People love to tell their stories, on the bus, over lunch; I came here to escape that and enjoy the solitude.  No phones here, I hear the “over and out” of a two-way or short wave radio for the grocery order!

Our cabin

Our cabin

Lots of built in time to relax and get a little away on your own. . . .hammocks out behind the dining hall, cape cods on the cabin front decks, a quiet walk.

View towards the stables

View towards the stables

The mountains surrounding us are majestic pieces of rock.  It amazes that the trees find somewhere to root and the water to grow and flourish!  It reminds me of a previous horse camping trip on the north side of all this, in the Chelan-Sawtooth wilderness, a bunch of rock.  In spite of the pristine beauty, everyone was “done riding” after three days, ready to go home, which some did pull out, the hardness of the trail reverberating up through the horse’s feet and legs into our own!

P.I.E.!

P.I.E.!

Mmmmm, dinner after a raft trip down the Stehekin River – but since I’m sitting here vegetating over coffee and blackberry pie from the Stehekin Bakery – parmesan chicken, stuffed eggplant, this yummy bread with poppy seeds in it, fragrant and crusty with a dollop of butter, ready to spread.  Finish off with PIE topped with whipped cream!

Coffee's on!

Coffee’s on!

Coffee, decaf, and hot water are simmering on the hearth in big, old fashioned coffee pots, grab the hot mitt, and pour out what you want – delicious! as is the smell of the logs on the fire.  Bus your place, and have as much as you want!  Sawdust on the floor, and outdoor patio seating. . . .ahhhhh. . . .I’m full!

horses grazing

horses grazing

A little after dinner stroll, the horses have been let out on pasture – they resume work tomorrow taking sightseers into the mountains.

inside the dining hall

inside the dining hall

Sitting on the cabin’s front deck, enjoying the evening breeze, folks who came up from the village for dinner are being taken back in the Ranch’s white schoolbus.

Our rustic and cozy cabin

Our rustic and cozy cabin

After eating, rafting, and relaxing, we retire to our cabin to dream of tomorrow’s adventures!

Stay tuned!

Terri

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Stehekin stories from a small town

Captain’s Log              August 9, 2012                 Captain Terri on Vacation Trek

morning sun over the peaks

morning sun over the peaks

Ahhhh, a good night’s sleep – a ten hour catch-up!  The coolness of the mountains, the down comforter and crisp sheets, all conspired to keep us in bed.

favorite breakfast

favorite breakfast

Breakfast of eggs and bacon and LOTS of coffee gave me my kickstart!

The shuttle bus

The shuttle bus

Waiting for the 11:15 shuttle to the Stehekin Valley Ranch, “The Ranch” as it is called.  Nine miles further uplake, we’ll be there in time for lunch!

Steheken Valley Ranch, an idyllic setting

Steheken Valley Ranch, an idyllic setting

Wow, The Ranch is situated in a beautiful mountain clearing.  In spite of the isolation, they have enough power for guests to have internet, just enough to check their email!  Enough to allow Paula and Alanna to feel a little less isolated!

Welcome to the dining hall

Welcome to the dining hall

The dining hall has log tables, rustic architecture, and a generous chow line!

Welcoming lunch!

Welcoming lunch!

Lunch is beef minestrone soup with chunky vegetables from the home grown garden, barbeque chicken pizza with homemade crust, and huge peanut butter cookies with just the right amount of chewiness!

The Ranch cabins

The Ranch cabins

So peaceful!  Somewhere the flow of a river can be heard.  Escape to where you can hear yourself think.  Let your mind wander where it may.  Practice stillness and emptying of your mind.

Welcome!

Welcome!

A one lane dirt road through rugged and treed terrain to get here.  The generosity of the Courtney family to share their piece of heaven with visitors who will come!

Relax and enjoy!

Terri

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Minestrone soup in a small town

Soup kitchenStill February, still winter!  What’s better than soup in the crockpot, or simmering on the stove, flavoring the house with aromatherapy of the best kind!  I like this for the combination of fresh, canned, and frozen ingredients.  Makes for a quick fix!

Quick Minestrone Soup

From:  The Complete Cooking Light Cookbook

Prep:  9 minutes                Cook:  25 minutes

 

2 cups diced zuchinni

1/8 tsp black pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced

Two 16oz cans of fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth

One 14.5 oz can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped (I use scissors)

One 16 oz can small red beans, drained

One 10 oz package frozen green beans, thawed

½ cup uncooked ditalini (any very small macaroni is fine)

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to a boil.  Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes.

Add pasta to broth mixture, and cook 10 minutes or until pasta is done, stirring occasionally.  Stir in Parmesan cheese.

Serve it up!  Makes 8 one cup servings.

Enjoy in your small town!

Terri

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