Ta-Dah! My new photo on the back of just-released The Covered Bet. Now available on Amazon, and soon, both print and e-book in other bookstores.
In honor of getting books in your hands, and in deference to the tragedies in Washington State, we have a guest blogger. whose memories are stronger than fire.
Friends, meet Kathy Goodson. Kathy wrote travel articles for the publication “Northwest Prime Time.” We share the same passion for asking “what’s up that road?” and finding ourselves immersed in adventure and history. Here is her account of a memorable journey through time to an area we hope and pray is unscathed by flames.
Outside the hamlet of Carlton (23 miles up the Methow Valley from the Columbia River), we found Texas Creek Road. It winds through the high mountain grasslands, the original stagecoach route from Carlton to Brewster in pioneer days. We bounced along the unpaved road for nine miles through high valleys—occasional ranches scattered far from each other.
Rail fences snaked over the hills, enclosing barns, outbuildings, ranch homes and cattle grazing beneath dusty green trees. Long ago, forty people lived here until the depression years of the 1930’s. One Victorian home is left over from those times. It sits in the middle of a field of golden grass, wood flaking and baked a deep chocolate brown by the sun.
To know the road still exists warms my heart. There is nothing I enjoy more than setting foot (or wheels) upon land and roads used by pioneers or Indians. Many roads in the west—including present day highways—were born from Indian trails that eventually became routes for stages and covered wagons.
Recently I wondered how the Carlton Complex Fire is affecting those families and ranches that stretch over those golden hills. I looked online and my heart sank as I read a report from the Methow Valley News: ‘The Okanogan County Sheriff reports, “We don’t know how many, but we are getting reports of structure fires. I know of some in the Texas Creek area,” he said.
I emailed the Carlton General Store just now, assuring them of our prayers and asking about the homes on Texas Creek Road. An immediate response came: “We have lost a few, but we are in good spirits!” It sounds to me like the pioneer spirit still exists and is in fact, flourishing, in Carlton.
Thank you, Kathy. The hope in your last sentence thrills me. After the fire the spirits and prosperity of that independent, standing tall area would benefit by an influx of tourism. We’ll plan on making the trip.
Thank you God, for protection.—roberta
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