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.”
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.