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Air buzzes with sounds of valley

Trout Lake News for July 28

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

Laurie West, 395-9330

It was a quiet week in Trout Lake. The summer air buzzes with the sounds of Trout Lake industry: herbs being processed, cutting and harvesting of crops, trees being cut, the comforting sounds of a herd of cows, happy chatter between walkers, parents instructing children new to riding bikes on the road -- cars headed to the Saturday Market or a wedding at one of our B&Bs, and campers heading out to the woods -- after a fill up of gas and stop at the hardware store for rope and the store for supplies.

Listen in on conversations about things recently experienced -- an evening at newly reopened Serenity's, on the patio-visiting with friends and rejoicing in the view of our mountain; hikes on Mt. Adams led by Darvel and Darryl Lloyd as part of the Friends of Mt. Adams activities. Our town's heart beating at its healthy sustained rate.

It all sounds so peaceful! At the same time Ray Thygesen and the Fair Board are furiously working on last minute plans for the Trout Lake Fair.

The fair honors Betty Schmid and Bernice Duke -- ladies who have elevated community service to an art form.

Refer to the fair bulletin or on the web for specifics, but a few highlights: the fair begins on Friday night at 5:30 with a community potluck at Elk Meadows. On Saturday morning the parade begins at 11 Trout Lake time, in the evening there is a family barn dance at Trail Head B&B from 7 to 11 p.m. -- $5 a person for those over 17, children accompanied by adults are free. Sunday morning at 11 is the traditional combined church service at Jonah Ministries. Between those events are children and adult contests and games, face painting, dunk tank, exhibits, pet shows, music, art shows and the raffle! Ray Thygessen is the guy to call with questions, 395-2318.

As if that weren't exciting enough, I had a conversation with one of our town's self described characters in residence. Bill Smith talked about his vision for Marv's Corner. It's true, Bill has bought it, and he has a vision; that, and a lease with Pat and Mary Morris for use of their facility to operate a ropes course, including platforms and equipment that allow for what he describes as a classroom in the sky. He and Marv have been working on the existing buildings to prepare an administrative facility for Cascade Mountain and Outdoor Adventures. Smith describes his plan for the premier ropes course operation in the US right here in Trout Lake. He reports that all of the current plans are approved uses under the existing development plan for the valley.

Additionally, he hopes to rent equipment to bikers, back packers, rafters, mountain climbers, snow mobilers and service equipment for the same. He envisions organized bike rides comparable to the STP, originating in Trout Lake. He dreams of a building that will house a climbing wall -- including huge glass walls, log columns and a basalt wall. He has drawings of ideas for this dream that he is happy to share. His vision is that on completion, the business could employ 50 persons. He imagines an operation that would attract regional and international participants .

Smith, a proud fantasizer, is uniquely qualified to pursue this particular dream through a life of unusual experiences. He grew up in several foreign locales with missionary parents. He served as a trainer in the military and continues to serve as a civilian contractor for the military in developing training courses. He has developed 7 ropes courses in the US and one in Egypt. His goal is to provide a "Life as a climbing learn to live by a set of standards...not cornered in any idiom" by which people can learn to live productive lives and achieve their goals.

I'll need to rest up before I write again in a month, Bonnie Reynolds


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