Story and images provided by
James Gutschmidt

Today, Saturday the 28th, I now understand why Mary Lou and I live where we do. From up here at 4000 feet, we see the distant clouds that lay like a lake 2000 feet above the Oroville valley below. The white capped Cascades, in a neat row, float above westward to northward, to where the arctic winds blow. The foreground valley is blanketed in a quilt of various shades of brown and white snow. The sun languishes, then sets in the west, sooo slow. The sky hangs, a clear sky blue, with a yellowish golden horizontal hew. All is still … the air is sooo cool. We may not be rich, but my God, what a view! Whew!

The vista described above can be viewed, minus the snow and cloud cover, in the archives of water color artist Jim Weaver at the following website: Jim Weaver – Paintings Sold and in Collections under the title “A Thousand Hills.”

“A Thousand Hills” – Watercolor by Jim Weaver

James and Mary Lou

James and Mary Lou

We get a lot of questions from outside the area about housing, quality of life, outdoors activities and such so we thought we’d start with housing. Here is a not uncommon example home that a retiring couple might consider. Move-in ready, beautiful surroundings with lake view, features for him and her, and in our opinion, an affordability index that does not exist in the East King County commute zone. The information shown below is a current page from Zillow and truly speaks for itself.

We keep saying our Okanogan is the most beautiful place you’ve never heard of and it is, so if you’d like a piece of it here’s an example of what your next home can offer.

Zillow listings

Disclaimer: We have no monetary relationship with Zillow or the sellers. Our objective is to promote this beautiful area.

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