Robins search the surrounding field for breakfast and grosbeaks whistle in the trees waiting for the bird feeders to be filled. Morning sunlight rimes the flower pots on the porch, and the aroma of brewed coffee fills the house. A warm breeze tickles the wind chimes. Country life has its moments; many of them.
May 25th, 2012 (day 19 of the rally), drivers of the 2012 Trans-America Endurance Rally stopped for lunch in Republic, Washington. Their next stop was Osoyoos, British Columbia. The 31-day rally is two legs long: the first from New York to Vancouver B.C., and the second from Vancouver to Anchorage, Alaska. Read more
After a relatively dry winter, snowfall blankets the hills of Ferry County, Washington. The Republic area received 5-6 inches of snow on January 20, in the first true winter storm of the season. Plows have cleared the roads, wood stoves in small cottages are burning bright, and delighted snowmobilers and cross-country skiers are enjoying trails covered with deep, dry snow.
Curlew Lake is frozen over now. On January 5, drilling confirmed that the ice at the edge of the lake was 8-inches deep.