the methow valley


Hello! I am returned from the wilds of the Methow Valley. It was very far away from Seattle and involved a lot of driving over scary mountain roads. (Also one scary road in the woods because the GPS swore it was more efficient. It was, kind of, but I expected Baba Yaga’s hut to materialize at any point on the side.) But it was worth it, because of that excellent breakfast you see above and an $18 burger that was legit worth every penny. (idk what’s going on with the fairy congress, but I had to take a picture.)

Things I could not take a picture of but were delightful nonetheless:

  • Two coon hounds getting up on top of a truck bed to get more air in their jowls
  • A Highland cow vigorously scratching its side with its horn
  • A Corgi mix of some sort doing a perfect hind legs stand so it could beg for ice cream

I have now had my fill of the rustic outdoors and am happy to be back in a place where one can get Korean food and see brown people. 



Set in the remote Methow Valley, Studhorse responds to the clients’ desire to experience and engage the surrounding environment throughout all four seasons. Referencing the tradition of circling wagons, the buildings—four small, unattached structures—are scattered around a central courtyard and pool. The 20-acre site is nestled in the northern portion of the 60 mile long glacial valley and the buildings are arranged to frame carefully composed views of the surrounding Studhorse Ridge and Pearrygin Lake.

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December 31st 2011 - Day 112

Winter Fences

Photo taken on December 24th, 2011 in Mazama, Washington.  This is a gate near C’s parents’ cabin.  I loved the contrast of the red rust against the green paint.  And how this painted gate stands out in the snow white scenery.  I also really like gates and fences.  I guess I like how they provide a frame, a sense of distance or borders to a scene …