Doggie Dash 2018

Methow Trails hosted the Doggie Dash at the Town Trailhead in Winthrop on Sunday and despite cold temps and a bitterly cold wind, many people and dogs showed up to participate and to watch one of winter’s most fun events in the Methow. The Doggie Dash is a six-legged race with people on skis connected to their dogs with a leash or rope. It is also a costume contest. There were three different races – the kids’ race, the adults with little dogs race and the adults with big dogs. There were enough big dogs for two heats. Afterwards judges awarded prizes for the costume contest including the much coveted Golden Poodle. And at the end there was a drawing for a season pass to Methow Trails for next winter. Roman Toga guy was very excited to take that away with him.

Some of the sponsors included Rocking Horse Bakery, Winthrop Veterinary Clinic, the Methow Valley Ciderhouse and of course, Methow Trails. Thanks to all of them and the volunteers that make this event so much fun!

Twisp Dance Party

Recently I had the chance to photograph some outstanding musicians in Twisp doing a benefit for the Methow Valley Community Center. Vocalists Nancy Zahn and Laura Love were backed up by a local favorite band, Family Dog, featuring Terry Hunt, Phil Woras, Wayne Mendro and others. Later in the evening, Jeff Herzog, harmonica player extraordinaire, joined the group to bring his own energy to the stage. It was a superb evening of music, and the locals turned out in droves to kick up their heels and support the Community Center. I think it’s pretty obvious from the images that the musicians had just as much fun as the audience, if not more.

Married at the Loup

What a great day for a winter wedding! Pat and Raquel rented the Loup Loup Ski Bowl for their big day! On a Tuesday. In January. Nearly 250 miles from a major airport. Over 200 people showed up for this event! It was so much fun!

We started out at the Methow Valley Inn in Twisp for breakfast and hair and makeup and then to the Loup for the noon wedding. There were dogs and kids and all manner of winter clothes. The bride and her sister wore their grandmother’s vintage coats. Local artist, Sarah Jo Lightner, made their incredible rings. The ceremony was both serious and happy all at once. More than one person shed some tears. The love these two share is magical.

Afterwards, some people retired to the cozy lodge for hot drinks but most stayed out to enjoy the snow. Official papers were signed in the ski patrol room.

The weather was pretty cooperative. It snowed in the morning til about ten coating the trees with piles of fluffy snow. Northern Farms flowers were a perfect accent in the winter scene. Going up the chairlift, we passed through a thick fog bank before emerging into the bright sunlight on top of the mountain! People who hadn’t skied in years (including me!) strapped on skis or boards and had a terrific time on the slopes. Others rode the chair up to see the views.

After the lifts shut down, everyone went back to town to change and head to the reception at the Winthrop Barn. It was beautifully decorated. Guests enjoyed a great party with lots of music and dancing. The sparkler send off topped off a wonderful day.

Under Construction

In an attempt to freshen up this site and give it a new look, I have sunk into a dark hole from which I can barely see the daylight. So many things have gone wrong. Now I am at a point of being able to rebuild it from scratch but it might take a while. I need some patience.

The about and the contact links on the right or at the bottom should be working and I will be happy to talk to you about any of your photography needs. Thank you.

Chilling at Washington Pass

I met this family of four, plus their dog, at Washington Pass for family photos last weekend. It was cold! These kids were so good. They really didn’t want to take off their coats and stand still for photos but we worked fast and they did not complain. They were troopers! This was particularly fun because I got to photograph them last year and I really enjoy seeing the children change from year to year.

Despite the chilly temperatures and icy walkways, it was a beautiful day with fresh snow and lingering fall colors in the high mountains.