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Here it is February already – more than a month into the new year. Time goes by so quickly. I made lots of images last month and finally got around to editing them.

We continue to get lots of snow and it is deep and perfect for winter activities. Ken’s brother stayed for a few days and tried his AT gear and his snowboard on the hill above us. It really made me want to get some back country skis.

Some days have had snow falling all day long and others have been brilliantly sunny. The frost and icicles have been amazing. Of course, we’ve had our share of shoveling. A friend gifted us his used snowblower and it was just in time. We were nearly overwhelmed with the amount of work. And then we had to have a big front loader come in and move the big berms left by the plow guy.

Here is a sampling of images from around our hillside.

Luna is still recovering from her unfortuante accident last November. She continues to lack stamina and may still have some pain in her lower back. However, she wants to have fun. She wants to run and play with other dogs, go to agility and be the happy girl she’s always been. We’ve only occasionally been out to Big Valley – the winter ski/bike/snowshoe/walk/dog trail between Winthrop and Mazama – this winter. Last winter she would outrun me even on my skate skis or she’d be out in the deep snow searching for voles or anything else that caught her attention.

Today was a sunny warm morning and the MVSTA grooming report said it would be done around ten. A perfect morning for spring skiing. Apparently I am not the only person who reads those reports! Numerous cars full of people and dogs showed up right behind us!

 

A Ruffed Grouse slowly crossed the road, one sloooooow step at a time

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I think he is displaying to me. It is Valentine’s Day after all.

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Luna is excited to be at Big Valley!

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She starts off at a good clip

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She’s always had an easy running gait

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Who’s that down there?

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Hi. My name’s Luna.

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I’m Molly.

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Don’t act silly; they are watching us.

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Mike, the groomer, loves his job!

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Come on, quit talking! Let’s go!

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I don’t think you can catch him.

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I love these aspens.

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Starting to slow down after about 3k

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But then, there’s the river!

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I can will you to give me a cookie.

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Remains of the fall

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And winter’s ice

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Getting real tired now

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Trees. I can’t get enough of them.

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There’s some of the dogs we met at the parking lot.

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He doesn’t even know he’s different

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Just another k to go. You can do it Luna!

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Today I skied from Brown’s Farm to Mazama, had lunch and skied back; a distance of about 20k. For me it’s a good sk;, for others it’s just an average day. It’s a mostly flat stretch of the Community Trail along the Methow River. Along the way I was able to see quite a few interesting birds – a Belted Kingfisher, American Dippers, a large (200 plus) flock of Common Redpolls, Ravens, Mallards, Mountain and Black-capped Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches, an unknown diving duck and a Northern Pygmy Owl. Soup at the Mazama store was Brazilian Black Bean served with avocado cream and salted baguette and quite satisfying. Temperatures were a little bit warmer, into the twenties today. Feels downright balmy after all the single digit days.

 

This dog is the official greeter at Brown’s Farm. I should know his name by now.

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A gray day seemed perfect for black and white

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The Methow River

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Soup and bread at the Mazama Store.

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I really, really need a longer lens for the little camera.

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Yesterday I volunteered at the Gunn Ranch trailhead. It is one of the places where dogs are allowed on the ski trails. They need passes just like people. Luna accompanied me and enjoyed meeting dogs and being part of the fun. Some dogs were going backcountry skiing and did not need passes. It was a pretty foggy day at the trailhead. Returning skiers said that 5 k up the trail, they broke into the sunshine. Lucky them!

 

Backcountry skiers disapeared into this fog before emerging into the sunshine!

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Luna particularly liked this blonde goldendoodle from Orange County, CA

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His owners flew up with him just the day before

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He likes it here

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Ready to go out on the trail

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One of the backcountry dogs. He was tired from the deep snow.

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Some dogs have trouble with snow sticking between their pads

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She’s 11!

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Getting to know each other in the parking lot

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Getting started going into the backcountry can be a challenge.

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And they’re off.

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Daisy Mae before skiing

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Kavu is a handsome fellow from the west side

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Frosty eyelashes were common after skiing through the fog for both people and dogs!

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Daisy Mae after

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Driving to and from Gunn Ranch can be a challenge in the fog.

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Here in the Methow Valley, we are lucky to have an extensive network of groomed cross country ski trails for both classic and skate skiing. Some are even open to dogs and new this year in a pilot program there will be ‘fat bikes’ on the trails. The 200k of trails cross public and private lands in a program run by MVSTA – Methow Valley Sports Trails Association. It’s one of the reasons I wanted to live here. I love skiing!

 

The Town Trailhead at Winthrop, start of the 30k Community Trail to Mazama.

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Watch out for big snow dumps from the trees!

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Luna displays her trail pass

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Skiing at Big Valley on Christmas day

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Ahhhhh.

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Come on you two, let’s go.

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Ok Luna

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A Northern Pygmy Owl overlooks the trail

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On the Suspension Bridge

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Ice on the bridge

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It doesn’t get much better than this.

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The sun goes down early in the upper valley

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Really? I can have this perfect trail to myself?

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