The basecamp has been host to many this winter. We have seen friends coming up for a weekend of skiing, honey-mooning couples beginning their wedded life, and families making a tradition of winter skiing with their tots.
This past weekend, a lively bunch came to the Methow: six couples including my and Catherine’s, the biology intern, parents! The group from Capitol Hill in Seattle has returned to the Methow for over two decades. The group of 12 or so adults were all those whose families and children grew up with Catherine and myself in our corner of Capitol Hill.
Many of the children from that group are now in school or working around the country, and the group has changed to a jovial group of adults. Catherine and I had the pleasure of spending the weekend with and parents and friends.
After leisurely breakfasts, accompanied with many cups of coffee, some went skiing, other read books and others enjoyed quiet moments to relax and take in the winter landscape. It tickled the group to reminisce about the ski trips at the basecamp 20 years ago
Instead of playing guitar, enjoying conversation, or going to bed early, evenings used to include intense snow-ball fighting, fort making, sledding, and bedtime stories. Up to ten children under age 10 would take the lodge by storm. One parent said it was their chance to let their city-kids be wild for a weekend and tire themselves completely.
This weekend included lots of laughter, love and good food. Here’s to many more winters in the Methow, Seattle families!