Posts Tagged ‘white pass’

AWESOME Fall Day

Monday, October 18th, 2010
Blue Berry

Blue Berry at 6000'

We dashed off to White Pass to hike to the new lodge on Saturday. We spent 6 hours wandering around the new expansion area between 5500′ and 6500′. The weather was glorious. Not too cold, not too hot, it had recently frosted at that elevation so there were no bugs, no mud, even found a few blue berries. And I do mean a few.

Scarlet

Scarlet

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The girls really enjoy seeing the ski area during the summer. There are questions about terrain, topology, and landmarks being in the middle of what is supposed to be a smooth white slope. It’s satisfying to see their eyes light up and the wheels start to turn about how they will approach the hill the next time they ski it. There were more questions about direction and orienteering, weather, snow level and temperature. At one point they were even questioning the route down the mountain. All good in my book.

Isabel

Isabel

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Maleah found a wedge of wood that she became infatuated with. She was determined to haul it out, all the way to the car. She slipped a couple of times. I asked her if she really wanted to risk falling while carrying the wood, and she steadfastly refused to give it up. Of course, the farther down the hill we went, the more determined she became to haul it all the way to the car.

Maleah

Maleah

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The colors were awesome. Lots of red at 6000′. At home (750′) there is a bit of red, but mostly yellow and brown. At 6000′ it seems that the red is mostly at ground level, while the other colors are more-so in the trees, up off the ground. (I’m probably making it up ;^) Either way, the colors were awe inspiring. I had forgotten what the hills look like when you take the time to walk among the flora and not see it from a speeding car.

White Pass Fall Colors

White Pass Fall Colors

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We stumbled onto and over creek beds that were full, but not flowing and small lakes. These lakes would be called puddles if they were in an urban environment. They were from 10-50 feet across and 5″ to 24″ deep. Absolutely crystal clear water with luscious mosses and beautiful colors.

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Reflection, both physical and mental, made for a fine day.

Creek

White Pass Creek

Vanessa Goes Skiing, Ostara, WILD Weather, FaceBook & Twitter.

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

We finally got Vanessa up skiing!

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Vanessa Skiing

Vanessa Skiing

The kids and I thought we’d get her up skiing on a perfect, warm, spring day. The late season weather with snow and cold winds, held us off until yesterday, and it was still windy and cold. But we bundled her up and off we went. If she hadn’t gone skiing today, she would have had to wait until next year. The end of the ski season is today. Yup, the end of the season has arrived. Normally White Pass is open until mid/late April. This year, because of the expansion, they are closing early. Bummer because they have been getting a ton of new snow the past couple of weeks. Snow we should have gotten in January and February. White Pass is finishing their expansion work this summer and they are getting a jump start this spring. They are adding two lifts and, apparently, their permit does not include road building so they must move all of the equipment on sledges, over the snow, so they don’t damage the ecosystem. They have staged equipment and supplies at the bottom of the hill the past few weeks, so they can be ready when the public is gone. Check out the progress at their website and their FaceBook page.

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Ostara Cake

Ostara Cake

Our spring celebration of Ostara was pleasant this year. Vanessa’s folks came up and played with the kids for a Sunday recently. Then the following week, we went to my folks place and did the same thing. Bill, my dad, made the Ostara cake. What do you think? The kids love it, we get out of the house, life goes on.

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As I mentioned earlier, the weather this April has been WILD. Every couple of years we get a spring day that throws everything in the book, weather wise, at us. Recently, we had a cold, cloudy morning, followed by wind, rain, slush, snow, sleet, hail, with periods of broken clouds and sunshine. I really dig watching the weather all day long on those days.

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We are expanding our internet marketing to include Twitter and Facebook. I know, you’re thinking “big deal, Twitter and Facebook have been around for years now, what took you so long?” To be honest, I’m not sure why we hesitated. Now you can check out our Herbs of Grace FaceBook fan page and Twitter page.

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Later, Brad

Herbs of Grace, Inc

SNOW!, Rabbits, New Display

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

April 19, 2008. Woke up to SNOW flurries this morning. Not too bad really, a slight dusting of snow across the yard. Although, as morning progressed, the snow has increased. At 11:00am there was an inch of snow on the picnic table outside the office window. Our breathable house is in need of a heat fix. The pass is reporting 18 degrees with 7″ of new over night. The girls wanted to ski today, but with 18 degrees, I vetoed. We were hoping for a sunny spring day. The ski area closes next Sunday, so we gotta do it next weekend.

Last ski day of the season.

1:00 Update: 3″ of snow on the picnic table, but now we see some blue sky.

We have two female rabbits. They live in their cages, quite happily, along the edge of the garden. Recently, there has been a large white rabbit that has been visiting. We don’t know where it comes from, nor where it goes to when it leaves. It used to arrive around dusk, although it has become quite bold over the past few weeks and makes appearances often, during the day, now. The other day, V came home from teaching her belly dance class, around 7:30. She noticed that Jessica, one of the females, and this new rabbit were frolicing in the yard together. Apparently, the large white rabbit has figured out how to open the latch on Jessicas cage. Anyway, V put Jessica back in the cage and all was safe at Three Girls Grove again. About 15 minutes later, I yells, “Hey, Jessica is in the yard with the white rabbit!” So with a flurry of activity, the three kids dash out the door, round up Jessica and put her back in the cage a second time. This time, adjusting the latch. A few days later, a good friend of ours tells us that rabbits ovulate ON DEMAND, UPON INSERTION! We don’t know if the visiting rabbit is male or female. Time will tell if Three Girls Grove is safe for rabbits. Stay tuned, we may have free bunnys available.

Our new display prototype will be arriving later this week. We have three displays. The Sequoia is our flagship display, that holds our entire product line. The Cedar holds half of our product line, and the new Madrone display will hold about a third of our product line. I’ll post some pictures when it arrives.

Later, Brad

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Snow, Spring, Big Business News

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

It’s been snowing here the past couple of days. The girls are diggin’ it. They recruited me to build a snow castle this afternoon. The local ski area has a snow castle as part of their Winter Carnival every year. The kids remember the carnival from last year so they want a snow castle in our yard, “like the one at White Pass”. We’ll be heading to the pass this weekend to check it out.

Even though it’s snowing, the spring buds are popping out everywhere! Spring is in the air. You can see it, smell it, feel it. Maybe it’s just me, but I swear, it’s too warm to be snowing. Maybe our “breathing” house has me used to the cooler temps.

When the sky is clear, the daylight lasts until darn near 6:30. I’m one of those who loves winter temps and snow, but I hate the short days. November, December and January are gloomy for me. Finally in February, I can start detecting the longer days, especially with the clear sky.

The business received a great boost the other day. A local chain of eight natural food stores in Portland, OR, New Seasons Markets, has told us that they want our products in ALL of their stores. This is our first chain! This is big news and we’re all buzzed about it, have been for about a week now. Keep asking your local natural food store if they carry Natural Look Mineral Makeup(TM). If they don’t, have them contact us at 888-817-1831. We’d be happy to set them up.

Later, Brad

Skiing.

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

I took the girls skiing yesterday. The sun was out, the sky was blue, we got an 11:00 start, it was a wonderful day. We have tried early starts in the past, but the mornings seem so hectic. Since we only ski for a couple of hours, it doesn’t matter if we get to the slopes by 9:00 or 12:00. We pulled into the parking lot, put on our gear, ate lunch and then off we went. It was great! I am now a firm believer in sunny days and late starts for small childeren.

We got lucky with ski gear. A college buddy has kids about 8 years older then mine. He still had some gear in his basement that he was looking for an excuse to give away. It pays to tell your friends what you are up to.

White Pass has a childs lift called “The Magic Carpet”. It is a large conveyor belt that the kids can ski onto at the bottom, and it spits them out at the top. It’s only about 75 feet long, but the girls absolutely love it. AND, it’s free. I love it, too. Nothing but sunny smiles all around. I loaded my pockets with a water bottle, bag of carrots and crackers. The kids would ski past me, hold out their hand or open their mouth for a quick treat, without hardly stopping. Maybe one of them will become a racer after all.

Later, Brad

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Being flexible.

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Today, I was on the phone scheduling a drs. appointment for sometime later this week, or next week. The receptionist said there was an opening at 3:00 today! V and I scampered around to re-arrange our schedule so I could get to the appointment on time. Barely made it, but made it I did. Definitely bit into V’s work day, me leaving unplanned and all, but sometimes we have to flex. Neither of us like it. I feel like I’m holding back our business, and V has to put off things she is working on today, for tomorrow. Just like your household, I’m sure. We all deal with things as they arise.

We picked up a new customer in Eureka, CA. If you are in the area, check out the North Coast Coop, 25 4th Street, Eureka, CA 95501. There web site says they have been in business since 1973! Herbs of Grace salutes community co-ops. We love them.

The local ski area, White Pass Ski Resort is reporting 22″ at the base. They say the will open with 24″-30″. I’m guessing they’ll be open this weekend!

Think snow!

Later, Brad