Saturday and Sunday August 9 & 10, 2014
For the second year, Gay and Mary Ann have opened their home to us for a barbecue on their patio to start a weekend in Mazama.This year there were twelve of us, and all the side dishes and dessert that everyone brought to augment the barbecue was abundant and delicious. We enjoyed eating and socializing through the evening, and made our plans for the weekend.
The fires over the past weeks limited our biking options a little, but did not deter us from enjoying a ride and a visit to the swimming hole on Saturday. Two riders braved the cold river and took a full swim! Brave I say.
|Arrival at the river for chilling dip and lunch|
After enjoying our riding day, we gathered at one of the rental houses for a potluck dinner -- once again abundant and delicious,
|Look at that spread!|
Driving out from the forested community on our way "home", we were fortunate to site a buck. My photo is not very good, but I wanted to include it as we usually see mamas and babies, but almost never the daddies.
|The elusive daddy|
Sunday brought choices. A few went to Patterson Lake for boating and "SUPing"; a couple went for a hike; one or two headed home or to visit friends on the way home; one went fishing; and five of us went for another bike ride. We rode the back road from Winthrop to Twisp, had the famous "cinnamon twisp" at the Cinnamon Twisp Bakery, and did a little "touring" in this small town.
|The ball (sculpture) in Twisp|
|The last sentence is very interesting. Arrival of horses enabled moveable homes|
|A Pit House|
|Inside the Pit House|
|The "moveable home"|
We found the Art Studio on the grounds, and though the artist/owner was closing up to go to the gym, she stayed open for us to have a visit.
|Visiting with the artist (Vickie found a tee shirt back there)|
We returned to Winthrop on the same route, and stopped for a photo of a couple interesting mailboxes.
|Once again old farm machinery has a second life -- mailbox stant|
|Eyes and curly hair on this one!|
The fires continue, and the smoke has built over the past two days to include Winthrop which had been smoke free. There is evidence of ash on our parked cars which makes it real, and scary.
|Firefighter base camp -- one of several|
We learned that fortunately, the firefighters with the night shift have air conditioned trucks (in the background of the photo) to sleep in rather than in the hot tents in the middle of the day when the temperature is at its highest.
|Our final photo for our final day. Signs similar to this are everywhere.|