You don’t have to look far to find Americana in the Okanogan

This is how you make people feel welcome in the Okanogan. A warm inviting place to get in out of the weather, shake off the cold, have a great cup of coffee and a pastry, and some conversation. The Malott Country Store – not your typical convenience store and not that far off the main highway. Close enough, in fact, to make it a habit.

Malott Country Store
Malott Country Store in Malott, WA

All-Star Jam at the Pastime Bar and Grill

What started out as a barbecue and jam at our home turned into a blow-out jam today at the Pastime Bar and Grill. Tim Naillon, on hearing about our planned barby, offered to host the jam  at the Pastime and that’s what we did. We set up the gear around noon and after a quick sound check the music filled the venerable old brick and mortar building.

The performers included Lota Duarte, Sandy Vaughn, Randy Battle, Linda Pruitt, Ron Champagne, Steve Sher, Steve Kelley, Dennis Peterson, Steve Pollard, Aaron Steiner, Andy Martincak, and from Twisp, the Slow Children At Play band. Music from several genre filled the air – Jazz, blues, folk-rock, heavy metal, rock-a-billy, and some tunes that really don’t fit in any genre except perhaps alternative.

We’d like to thank all the patrons and musicians who showed up to enjoy a day of free-spirited music making – we have some amazing talent in our little world. And some special thanks too, to Dianna and Tim Naillon for hosting such a large-scale production on short notice. We had taken over at least half of the diner area of their facility with people and gear.

A Change in the Weather – Snow in the Highlands

We took a trip to Wauconda this morning to take some photos for a Seattle newpaper and on the way home we decided to go through Bonaparte, Lost Lake, then up Havillah Road to home in Oroville. Along the way we noted a light dusting of snow on the hill tops. Too soon!!

Snow On Bonaparte
Snow On Bonaparte

And a quick stop at Lost Lake – it was darn chilly at 34º. We made it a really quick stop.

Lost Lake, Okanogan Highlands
Lost Lake, Okanogan Highlands

We also passed another dusting of snow on a roadside cut just 10′ off Havillah Road at Hungry Hollow Road. Might have to dig out the cross-country skis sooner than I thought!

It was such a nice day we decided a quick detour up Nine Mile Road was needed – good choice! There’s no time of the year this isn’t the most beautiful place on Earth.

Oroville And Cascades Beyond
Oroville And Cascades Beyond