Cross-country Skiing in the Methow Valley

2016-02-15 10.43.32The Methow River just outside of Winthrop. Methow [met-how] is an Okanogan word meaning “sunflower seeds”.

2016-02-15 11.32.09The Methow winter trails include 120 miles of groomed nordic trails for classic and skate skiers.

2016-02-15 10.10.48K’s wearing the ski coat my dad bought me when we moved to Salt Lake City during the winter of my junior year of high school.

2016-02-15 10.19.56This was the second day of skiing–the kids all did very well, though we were all sore. I love K’s face here as she keeps her balance. 🙂

102_9733Such a muted winter landscape outside of Twisp. We saw nine bald eagles!

102_9721Our favorite restaurant in North Central Washington!

102_9737Sunshine on our drive back. We saw blackened forest, orchards, and scrubland recovering from the devastating Okanogan Complex fire this last summer; with a covering of snow, the ruination wasn’t always obvious. It brought to mind Richard Wilbur’s “First Snow in Alsace”: As always, winter shines the most.

 

 

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