High and outside in Winthrop, WA

You probably wouldn’t go to Winthrop, WA (pop. 373) on vacation if you were looking for elegantly dressed crowds or any crowds at all, swanky lodging, a fast pace or a full menu of choices in fine dining.  You might go for winter and summer sports, but if you happened to land there at the tail end of winter, just as the snow was melting and buds were starting to emerge, the sporting options would be limited.  You might have to be satisfied with cool, sunny days; silence day and night; eagles, magpies and deer; starry night skies; beautiful mountains; and spectacular cloud formations.  You’d have to slow down, cook for yourself since most restaurants close up before being overtaken by a new season, read a book or two, take long walks in the hillsides where you would find yourself turning in circles to take in the 360 degree views or waving to the locals as they move their trucks over to give you plenty of walking room.  You wish you didn’t have to go home tomorrow until you read the forecast of possible snow showers in the morning and decide you wouldn’t mind returning home to cherry trees in bloom. 

About stillalife

I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness. Also, I'm on the third draft of my second novel since retirement.
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2 Responses to High and outside in Winthrop, WA

  1. Marilyn says:

    Hurry home, the buds are popping into blossoms! But don’t hurry, they’ll be here when you arrive at your own pace.

  2. Jackie Smith says:

    Hopefully you made it to nearby Twisp where the bakery sells the oh-so-popular Cinamon Twisps and also to Mazama for a shopping trip in the General Store. If you haven’t done that, do so before returning home.

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