Mazama

Mazama: A pre-Christmas getaway to a winter wonderland...
20151218 220458  Time to head back to the snow for some skiing before Christmas! This is an illustration from a favorite Christmas book - Toot and Puddle. 20151219 141723  The trip out was uneventful except for being stuck on Blewett Pass for 2 hours due to a fatal collision. So sad. 20151219 141729  The kids kept themselves amused quite well while we took intermittent walks trying to gather some intel... 20151219 141745  This is Arlo and Frank surveying the lineup.
20151219 141824  A picturesque river by the roadside made for a good view. 20151219 142209  Even though we're not at our destination yet - it's still hours away - being in the snow is wonderful! 20151219 160321  A stop at Anjou Bakery in Cashmere. IMG 3234  Finally in Winthrop! We've got a table for 18 thanks to Frank  arranging this from Cashmere.
IMG 3235  So - four families and 10 boys, plus my mom and Richard. All staying in Mazama or Winthrop for 5-7 nights. IMG 3240  Arlo and Ellen. 20151219 190105 20151219 190114
20151220 080759  Up in the morning, taking a good loo kat all that snow! First time in snow pants and gear for our kids. Dave had to hit REI the day before to get stuff...hoping they don't outgrow it too fast! 20151220 083301  Grabbing some food at a great general store before hitting a ski bowl at Loup Loup pass. 20151220 083323  Me and Kumiko :) 20151220 091025  Carver eating a popsicle :)
20151220 091112  Carver and Silvio reclining 20151220 091120 20151220 091124  Zaxk 20151220 144321  Learning to snowboard!
20151220 144448  Seven of us took snowboarding lessons! I have never done it before and the learning curve is steep, but it's a lot of fun! 20151220 151932  Sam really worked hard to figure this out. 20151220 152007 20151220 152035
20151220 152212  Ben took a skiing lesson - apparently it's easier to pick up skiing at first, then harder to get good at it. Snowboarding is the opposite - steep initial learning curve, then easier to refine. Well, that's what I'm told. 20151220 152821 20151220 155825  Just beautiful out there. 20151220 155835  A gorgeous day.
20151220 155955  Packing snowballs while we return rental gear. It's only 16 degrees out! 20151220 160005  Moon over Loup Loup. 20151220 160055  The caravan of cars - Renna, Krug and Johnson's truck driven by the Borgninos. 20151220 184601  DINNER!
20151220 184608  We're staying at North Cascades Basecamp. 20151220 184908  Nice opportunity to eat in without having to cook. 20151220 220108 20151220 220121  Kai enjoying eggnog in our cabin :)
20151221 080144  The lodge from our cabin window. 20151221 084657  Our cabin. The loft upstairs is manland :) 20151221 110627  Out for some classic skiing (cross country) around the meadows. 20151221 110700
20151221 110835  Not as easy as it looks to get up speed. Ben toppled over quite a bit before getting the hang of it. 20151221 110927  Hi Dave! 20151221 110631  Mazama has over 200K of groomed trails - can you believe that? It is truly unreal. 20151221 110949
20151221 111005 20151221 114808 20151221 114914 20151221 115804  Heading out on a longer ski with Frank, Kumiko, Arlo and Dave up to Basecamp then Cow Beach.
20151221 122315  Skate skiing on the left, and classic tracks run on the right. 20151221 122958 20151221 123236  There we all are! 20151221 130528  Pond near Basecamp.
20151221 131148 20151221 131153 20151221 151542  After I think 9 miles of skiing, this is what the meadow looked like on my return trip. It's snowing - again, or still! - and I'm off to dig out the truck and return rental skis then gather for dinner to celebrate Julian's birthday. 20151221 181958  At the Renna's for Julian's birthday, and also celebrating Zack's birthday the next day!
20151222 090851  Tues morning dawned clear and bright. It's time for more Loup Loup downhill time! 20151222 090905  Goat Wall and the meadow with the Renna's cabin in the foreground. 20151222 090932  Packing up, and packing snowballs ;) 20151222 090945  The truck really enjoyed being out in this stuff!
20151222 091016 20151222 091034 IMG 3325  Mom and Richard's cabin by the ice rink in Winthrop. 20151222 115300  At Loup Loup getting ready to try a downhill run. At this moment, having successfully evacuated the chairlift (that's what it felt like), I really cannot believe I'm doing this - it has been more than 20 years since I did any downhill skiing, and even then I think I skiied a handful of times.
20151222 122428  Arlo and Frank are expert skiers. I'm following them down what they say is a reasonable run. Hmmm...they are athletic. I am...decidedly...NOT! 20151222 122451  Only one way down, though. Loup loup2 Loup loup1
goat wall goat wall2 IMG 3373  Meanwhile, Mom and Richard are out driving around and playing in the snow, too! 20151222 142019  Ben and Sam are getting pretty good on their ski and snowboard technique. In one of these videos, Sam lands literally with his snowboard between the legs of some man helping his little guy down the hill. Nice work, Sam!
20151222 142202 20151222 142234 20151222 143723  Trying to figure out how many tubing passes to buy! 20151222 152121  This is the tubing run - we had 8 boys over there at the end of the day whooping as they flew down the hill, then dragged the tubes back up. Unfortunately, by this time, the two teens (Kai and Silvio) had been injured on downhill runs and were on their way to Omak for x-rays in the little hospital across the pass.
20151222 152125 20151222 152314 20151222 152530  Sunset from the top of the tubing run. 20151222 153010  Kumiko and Ellen waiting for word about how bad the injuries were.
20151222 153710  Carver! 20151222 153729 20151222 153753  I'm trying to make sure no one ELSE gets injured! 20151222 154204  I think this is me going down the tubing run :)
20151222 154307  I like this shot of the four boys going uphill for their last run. 20151222 154323 20151222 154423 20151222 154534
20151222 154626 20151222 202953  Monopoly games lasted literally HOURS! They had such a good time. 20151222 222657  This is around 10pm I think! 20151222 222721
20151223 091140  Our cabin in the morning light. This is my phone lock screen. I miss the snow :( 20151223 100627  I even miss cleaning the truck off. RMT 3575  Here are a bunch of pictures that Richard took of the boys sledding near their cabin. I'm not editing any out because parents and grandparents will want to see them, and possibly download or print favorites. Thank you, Richard! RMT 3576
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RMT 3585  The sledding went on from 10am until 5pm when we had to HAUL them off the hill for dinner! They literally would NOT come in for food. We had to lure them with cookies. RMT 3586  They met other boys on the hill, too. RMT 3587 RMT 3588
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RMT 3617 20151223 120847  The outdoor rink is ALMOST complete! It should have opened but their chiller wasn't delivered in time. 20151223 121030  "what's the deal? looks like there's ice out there!" 20151223 121107
20151223 121514 20151223 122051  Watching the ice get spread. 20151223 133350 20151223 133417  Fun times!
20151223 133459 20151223 133858 20151223 133906 20151223 141526  Out looking at some properties and some frozen lakes.
20151223 141531 20151223 142012 20151223 142653  Arlo calling the real estate agent to figure out where the lot is. 20151223 143202  Kind of down in a holler...
20151223 143206 20151223 150429  Back for more sledding! 20151223 150939 20151223 151000
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20151223 151201 20151223 151628 20151223 151820 20151223 153703  I think this one is me trying downhill skiing on the sledding run. Thinking to myself...if I get hurt..the day before we leave...
20151223 154806 20151223 154811 20151223 154827  See how dark it is? They just kept going and going! 20151223 154830
20151223 162213  Getting snow and ice out of jackets and trying to dry gear out in the cabin's dryer before dinner. 20151223 114846-1  I really felt like this could be a reality TV show ;) Crammed in our truck - three boys across the back seat. 20151223 170916  Out to dinner - 14 of us! 20151223 172518  That light is a little bright. Dave said he felt like he was in a chicken coop.
20151223 173056  Resourceful Arlo found another bulb and...replaced it! IMG 3410  This is the VERY moment the new light came on. Look at Ben's face! And God said... IMG 3424 IMG 3426  Such fun times. The boys are telling jokes at their end of the table.
IMG 3429 20151223 180447 20151223 184343  Icicle light sabres! 20151223 184458
20151223 184531 20151223 223653  Watching Star Wars up in manland on the last night. 20151224 074408  From the kitchen to our bedroom. 20151224 083706  Last morning in Mazama. Getting breakfast at the general store.
20151224 083721  I can't bear to leave, so I'm out taking photos and listening to my boots crunch. 20151224 095442  Grabbing mom and Richard for the drive back. 20151224 105944  Pateros for gas. 20151224 112338  Snowy landscape all the way to the passes - a nice way to wean myself off the frostiness, getting to drive through it for several hours.
20151224 120208  We just need to get across THOSE mountains. 20151224 121951  Both Snoqualmie and Stevens Pass are closed due to collisions, downed trees and avalanche control. So...we're hoping that Stevens will open as projected by 1pm. It's 12:15 when we pulled into Cashmere, deciding to get some snacks and see if the time slips again. By 12:53 it hadn't gotten bumped out, so we decided to go for it - drive toward the pass until 1:30pm. If it wasn't open by then, we'd turn around and head south to White Pass then north again - a 7 hour extension to the trip. This trip SHOULD be about 5-6 hours with no delays. But that's not what you get in a Washington winter - one must be flexible! IMG 3459  Inside the bakery. 20151224 124300  Throwing the football while we wait for word on the pass.
IMG 3460 IMG 3461 IMG 3462  Me trying to cheer Richard up :) IMG 3463  Doing some yoga on his hood before conforming to the truck seat again.
IMG 3464 20151224 132635  In Leavenworth, our turnaround point, JUST as we check the DOT website and find out the pass has opened! 20151224 132712  Woo hoo! We think we're good... 20151224 133939  Roads are fine...
20151224 135400  The lucky hat has prevailed... 20151224 135424  Until...we find we're in a line of cars waiting to get through the pass. Stevens Pass  We waited for an hour! 20151224 185028  Finally, finally...after crawling at 4mph for 77 miles, we pull into Monroe WA and hit Safeway for Christmas dinner fixin's 10 min before they close. Can you believe this? Dave can't! He was really not too happy with this epic expedition!
20151224 193628  SEATTLE! Racing to catch the 8:10 ferry. Only 12 hours after leaving the cabin. 20151224 193636  Some ferry videos :) 20151224 200533  I love my travel companions! I dove into the Borgnino's truck to say hello as we drove onto the ferry. 20151224 200635  Carver hiding.
20151224 204057 20151224 220340  And...finally home!!! Pine boughs around the moon like a wreath. Loup loup3