New Caelifera Gets Furniture

Moving furniture in
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Oh, and this is a huge door!IMG_20140914_123225578_HDR
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Not a bad place to sit and enjoy the view
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A nice place to sit beside the outdoor shower
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The telescope is out. Max was beyond excited to go outside and use it.
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Shelves are being loaded
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Main bedroom
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Another giant door
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We picked up two more outdoor chairs
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Door with handle
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Morning light on Mt Gardner
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View from the bathroom
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Pantry and ladder to storage area above kitchen.
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Outside.
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New Caelifera Gets Furniture

Moving furniture in
IMG_20140914_123657818_HDR
Oh, and this is a huge door!IMG_20140914_123225578_HDR
IMG_20140913_115241929_HDR
Not a bad place to sit and enjoy the view
IMG_20140913_192719853_HDR
IMG_20140913_165123562
A nice place to sit beside the outdoor shower
IMG_20140914_122148484_HDR
The telescope is out. Max was beyond excited to go outside and use it.
IMG_20140913_165131111_HDR
Shelves are being loaded
IMG_20140914_123430185_HDR
IMG_20140913_170419339_HDR
IMG_20140914_123415877
Main bedroom
IMG_20140914_121931495_HDR
Another giant door
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We picked up two more outdoor chairs
IMG_20140914_140205702_HDR
IMG_20140913_192628429_HDR
Door with handle
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Morning light on Mt Gardner
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View from the bathroom
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Pantry and ladder to storage area above kitchen.
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Outside.
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Labor Day Weekend Photos

Nothing say celebrating Labor day holiday cleaning the floors! Here are some photos during and post cleaning. Kitchen with island all spiffed up:
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Smoke

A few captures of what it’s been like to visit during these fire laden times. Smoke and construction:
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Smoke creating “God” light:
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Smoke where smoke should not be. This is the “Rising Eagle Fire” just outside Twisp. We watched as a few puffs turned quickly into a huge plume. My Everyday Photos has photos from her home, which was in the middle of that smoke.
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A part of the plume just as things began to really explode
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I think this last one will be imprinted in my head for a long time, and can’t even image the images imprinted on those who lived and lost much closer to the fire.

I promise: positive photos next up!

Fire

Devastating losses as fire ravaged the Methow this last week. It’s hard to find words to describe this event, the tragedy, the amazing power of the fire, and most importantly the way the community has leaned on each other through such difficult times. On Thursday I snapped this picture from our place, when this portion of the fire was still just the “Cougar Flats” fire and had not merged into the firestorm that became the Carlton Complex.14 - 1

Please consider donating to help both short and long term recovery in the Methow.

Country Living

Hazards of the country life. Poison oak:
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I’ve only found a small patch, but still not going to be fun removing it.

Rattlensnake caught by our builder:
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Excavator, whose family homesteaded the land, says not many rattlers around our land, but his grandpa used to dynamite a den of them the next ridge over. Also grandma used to shoot them with a shotgun.

Methow Valley Olympians: What are the Odds?

Three athletes with roots in the Methow Valley are on the U.S. Olympic team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics,:the brother and sister duo of Sadie and Erik Bjornsen,Β and Brian Gregg, who grew up in the valley but now resides in Minnesota.  What are the odds?

There 230 members of the U.S. Olympic team.  The population of the United States is about 310 million.  So the odds of a single person selected at random from the U.S. being a 2014 U.S. Olympic athlete is 230/310000000 or about one in every one and a half million people.  Call this probability p.

There are about 5000 people in the Methow Valley. Then the probability of there being exactly one U.S. Olympic athlete in the Methow Valley is 5000*p*(1-p)^4999 or about 0.0037.  One in 270 ish, not that crazy. 

The probability of there being exactly two U.S. Olympic athletes in the Methow Valley is 5000*4999*p^2*(1-p)^4998 or about 0.000014.  One in about 730000.  Nearly the same odds as a dealt royal straight flush in five card poker.

The probability of there being exactly three U.S. Olympic athletes in the Methow Valley is 5000*4999*4998*p^3(1-p)^4997 or about 0.00000005 or one in twenty million.  This is just less than the odds of winning a lottery where you have to correctly choose 6 numbers between 1 and 49.  Congrats Methow Valley on winning the U.S. Olympic lottery πŸ™‚