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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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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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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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Stories from Stehekin

August 8, 2012  Captain’s Log   Vacation Trek  

This is Captain Terri, escapee from a small town civilization into the wilderness. . . .

After a leisurely trip up Lake Chelan aboard the Lady of the Lake II, (the slow boat), we disembarked and checked into our room at the North Cascades Lodge at Stehekin.

Wood paneled walls displaying wildlife art prints, pillowtop beds with down comforters, and a view over Lake Chelan welcomed me, my daughter Paula and her friend Alanna.This trip qualifies as a trip to the wilderness, no wifi, no cell phone service, and no TV! Yikes!

I’m having too much fun, introducing both of them to a vacation short of technology!  Tomorrow we will get journals at the Forest Service Center to enter our thoughts.  Alanna says it’s calming, as she burrows under her quilt and retreats into her book. . . . .

Dinner at the lodge restaurant over a glass of merlot with spinach and artichoke dip. . . . .I had a half rack of barbeque ribs (they make their own sauce) and mashed garlic potatoes.  House pasta with shrimp for Alanna, the sauce was yummy!  Paula was the most adventurous with rainbow trout and pineapple curry rice!

Local plunder included an autographed book by a local author, chocolate at the general store, withdrawal averted!

As we sit out on the deck after dinner (I am a stuffed animal!), a gentle but persistent wind blows away the lethargy, awakening us to the nuances of the surrounding mountains in the shade of the sunset.  The lapping of water and the squeak of docked boats, and the wind in the trees, lull us from the cares of the larger world.

The last time Paula experienced the pleasure of social solitude was when she was but a toddler at Crater Lake National Park.  The Lodge is beautiful, restored, wonderful food, and perfectly isolated!

Stay tuned for the rest of the adventure!

Terri

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Mt. Rainier from a small town

How lucky are we to have a national park right in our back yard?  Mt. Rainier National Park is a treasure of flora and fauna, with year-round access for hiking, cross country skiing, horseback riding, even mountain biking on the perimeter boundaries!

Even late in the summer, the flowers were verdant and full of color.  Mount Rainer and Tipsoo Lake provide a stunning view.

The visitor center here at Ohanapecosh has camping, educational material and displays, and trails.

Get a perspective on history!

Packwood, seven miles further from the visitor center, is a quaint mountain town.  Check out the sandwiches and burgers at Cliff Droppers!  A giant flea market, here twice a year, on Memorial Day weekend, and Labor Day weekend, is worth checking out!  Lots of fun!

Have your choice be westward to Crystal Mountain and the scenic gondola ride, maybe lunch at the top but certainly spend some time with the view, and the gift shop.  Pack a picnic lunch and get some extra hiking in while you are there!

Since I travel from the eastside access from Yakima, I’ll follow up with a future post from the westside, from Longmire!

Stay tuned!

Terri

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Favorite spots from a small town

Entering Fall, with the opening of the general deer season this weekend, leaves turning, rainy weather moving in. . . .looking back at favorite spots we encountered along the way. . . .to somewhere!

Roslyn, Washington is a great place to spend the day, take in a movie, eat at The Brick, enjoy the Sunday Market of vendors!

On your way to the westside, what we on the eastside of the mountains call the Seattle area, stop in at Boehm’s Candy Store in Issaquah, The Grange next door for your feed and garden supplies, check and see if any car shows are being held across the road at the Root Beer Drive In!

On the eastside of Bellevue, for the horsey set, check out Olson’s Tack Shop, great customer service whether you need boots, saddle, or bridle!

Looping over Stevens Pass?  Stop at the ski resort for a stretch and bites for a picnic lunch or dinner!

What are some of your favorite drive-by’s?  I’d love to hear!  Give me a comment below!

Terri

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Road trip to a small town

Anyone feeling the “cabin fever” of the long winter?  Ready to get out and into space?  My thoughts exactly!  Found a house sitter for the weekend, picked up my daughter after school, and off we went!

South on Highway 97 is always a great road trip, with lots of back road options to explore.  I never tire of this trip!  We were heading down to the Bend/Redmond, Oregon area, and found the ghost town of Shaniko an interesting stopover.

Shaniko is about half way, and is the geographical high spot, of about 3,400 feet, coming up from Biggs, and easing down into Madras.  You can catch some weather here if traveling during Winter!

Historically, Shaniko was a hub for sheep, wool, and cattle catching the rails to Biggs.

I’ve been stopping in Shaniko for many years, at a time when the Shaniko Hotel was open for lodging and meals.  It is closed and currently for sale.  The ice cream parlor around the corner was open, we were glad to have a waffle cone and sit a spell before meandering around a bit.

Shaniko hosts a number of festivals during the year.  The Sixth Annual Shaniko Wool Gathering on June 30-July 1, 2012 will also include a sheep dog demo, quilters and crafters, fine arts, and pioneer skills.  Shaniko Days is held on August 3-5, 2012 with entertainment, gun fights, music, an evening dance, and a BBQ pit dinner.  October 12-14, 2012 brings the Shaniko Vintage Ragtime and Music Festival.  A few things to put on the calendar!  Check it out at http://www.shanikooregon.com/stallions.html.

On a clear day you can see all of the peaks of the Cascades, from Mt. Rainier to Mt. Bachelor, truly a sight!  Get some help with the roadside mountain identifier a little south of town right off the highway.

What is your favorite small town road trip adventure?  I’d love to hear about it!

Have fun!

Terri

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Sunday drive to a small town

We are having a heat wave here, in the 90’s, too hot to do much!  I arranged to meet a girlfriend at the Roslyn Sunday Market, a higher elevation, and about ten degrees cooler!

I got going in the morning, while still pleasant, taking the Cle Elum exit to mosey to Roslyn.  I stopped in at the Cle Elum Bakery, they were doing a brisk business  between the coffee and donuts!  My favorite has always been the maple twist with nuts!

I met my friend Liz in Roslyn, where we meandered through the market.  Today was the last day of the season, it will be missed!  Many unique offerings and vendors, including sheep’s cheese, cigar box guitars, beautiful flower bouquets, it was such a day for blossoms!

We had a late breakfast at the Roslyn Cafe, it has been quite a few years since I had been!  It was nice to see the staying power of this establishment, and the mural on the outside wall!

Go to Roslyn and take a look!  Pack a picnic and go further to Lake Cle Elum, hike into Cooper Lake, or camp at Salmon La Sac.  Make a day of it, and cool off!

Terri

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