Mazama from Wolf Creek
Omaste Witkowski owFotoGrafik.com
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I took this photograph standing near Wolf Creek and looking Northwest towards Mazama. The mountains in the background are part of the Pacific Crest Trail which runs up into Canada.
This photograph was taken in Winthrop Wa (Washington State), in the beautiful Methow Valley. The Methow is a small jewel of an area not too far from Seattle in the Pacific Northwest. Okanogan County is such a great place to live for all of the sunshine and outdoors recreation.
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"Mazama (population 200) is a small village located in the Methow Valley of Washington, on the leeward side of North Cascades National Park. It is located along the North Cascades Highway (Highway 20), 14 mi (23 km) northwest of Winthrop and about 28 mi (45 km) south of the Canadian border. Mazama's town center elevation is 2,106 ft (642 m), and it is located 2.7 mi (4.3 km) south of and 4,895 feet (1,492 m) below Goat Peak.
Mazama boomed as the departure point for mining towns in the rugged Harts Pass area like Barron, Chancellor, and Robinson. Recently considered little more than a crossroads, Mazama is slowly growing to include three lodging options, a cafe (Jack's Hut), a general store & gas station, and two restaurants. It has been a destination for summer weddings, rock climbing, mountaineering, and winter sports with options for heli-skiing, back-country and cross country skiing. It is home to one of the world's longest cross-country skiing trails, stretching for 120 miles (190 km) and running through the town itself.
In the 19th century the town was called "Goat Creek". When the former post office was secured in 1899, the settlers chose a name they thought was Greek for "mountain goat". They later discovered that they had looked in the wrong dictionary and, according to Edmond S. Meany, the meaning of "Mazama" was "mountain goat" in Spanish, not Greek. Mazama is a genus of deer (family Cervidae) comprising the Brockets, medium to small deer that are found in the Americas. The genus name Mazama is derived from Nahuatl mazame, the plural of mazatl "deer."
Forests of native Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine are widespread in Mazama and the surrounding wilderness. Aspen and Cottonwood become increasingly common along creeks and rivers.
Climate is arid with warm summers and cold winters and precipitation falling primarily as snow in the months of November through February. Washington's record cold temperatures were measured in Mazama and Winthrop: −48 �F (−44 �C) on December 30, 1968."
April 26th, 2013
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