Friends, Music, and a Beautiful New BnB in the Okanogan

At the Esther Bricques Winery on October 18, our friends  and Up the Crickband members Rick Braman and Chris Stodola were providing the music; their current playlist is hugely entertaining, and the harmonies and delivery have become very polished. They’ve lost none of their campy schmaltz, and will still blame the invisible drummer “Raul” for any flubs. All part of the charm these guys bring to the show. Was also nice to see many Canadian friends in the audience – including members of the Okanagon International Chorus in Osoyoos.

Had a chance to talk with Valerie Barker Braman about the conversion of the beautiful cottage they built to a BnB, associated with the Air BnB agency. I know Rick’s wood working skills are tops – I’ve seen the results, so it’s no surprise to know their BnB customers are quick to write glowing reviews of the facilities, the area (Aeneas Valley) and of course the hosts.

If you have friends or family that would like to visit the area and experience the fullness of Okanogan beauty it is easy to recommend Val and Rick. Visit their AirBnB page to see what they offer and the warm reviews. This is a very nice local success story and we congratulate the Bramans for their great contribution to the Okanogan experience.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/25941667

Here’s a preview.

AeneasValleyAirBnB
AeneasValleyAirBnB

Old Oroville seen through a new lens

I have this old photo of Oroville, Washington on my computer and it has always been of interest because it shows Oroville from about the same viewing angle as where I live. There are some buildings and features that are well documented and some still exist, though changed with time. Yesterday I happened to be viewing this image along with a set of newer images and was suddenly dumbstruck by something I’d overlooked earlier. A house in the old photo is still there, and the angle of reference was remarkably similar to what I can see looking out my window. Clearly the person who took that photo was standing very near then to where I am today. Here is the older photo looking southeast toward Oroville’s old downtown. Here is a more recent photo taken from the deck of our home. Continue reading “Old Oroville seen through a new lens”