In Washington, it’s practically impossible to chat about hiking up to a lookout without someone evoking Jack Kerouac, the writer who found his muse while stationed at the fire post high above Ross Lake during the summer of 1956. Since then, a... Lookouts may be anachronistic, but they can also be romantic. And the factors that made them ideal watchtowers in the last century — perched on a high peak, deep in the wilderness, with sweeping, 360-degree views — are traits that also make for great scenic hikes. If you go Evergreen Mountain and other lookouts Getting there The trailhead is about a 2-hour drive from Seattle. Take Highway 2 to west of Milepost 50, between the town of Skykomish and the Skykomish Ranger Station. Turn north onto Beckler River Road (Forest Road 65). Drive on Road 65 north for 12. 7 miles to Jack Pass and turn right onto Forest Road 6550. Continue about one mile to Forest Road 6554, then follow it 8. 5 miles to the trailhead. What you get Cabin equipment includes a propane stove, two propane lanterns, two cooking pots, dishes and a coffee pot. A vault toilet is located several hundred feet down the ridge. No water or heat. Renting Rent through reserveamerica. com by searching for “Evergreen Mountain Lookout. The rental fee is $50. Lookout availability varies depending on snow conditions. It’s usually open in July until mid- to late-September. (You can also visit it on a day hike. no permits required. This is an outing to plan a year ahead of time, because the lookout is typically booked months in advance. (Next year’s reservation schedule opens in January. ) But check for summer cancellations. Your chances increase late in the season. In early September, rangers will shut the lookout for maintenance and may reopen it, weather permitting. More information: Skykomish Ranger District, 74920 N. E. Stevens Pass Highway. 360- 677-2414. More lookout rentals • Also available for rental in Washington is Quartz Mountain Lookout in Mount Spokane State Park. gov/423/Mount-Spokane-State-Park. • Many more lookouts are available in Oregon, Idaho, Montana and other states. See firelookout. Lookouts aren’t always. Source: www.seattletimes.com
For most people, the choice to live in a small space is all about location, the chance to live on a busy city block in the center of the action. But for others, it's about the freedom of living light. Nobody understands the ethos of small-space living better than proponents of the tiny-house movement, who opt to live in homes that average around 200 square feet. Their choices, much like those who live in a studio apartment, are often framed as sacrifices. But Vina Lustado, an interior designer in Ojai, California, who lives in a 140-square-foot home that she designed two years ago, says that thinking is all wrong. "There's a whole emotional side to 'stuff,' " she says. "But living with less is not about what you lose. It's about what you gain. Lustado adapted her philosophy about small-space living from Marie Kondo, a Japanese organization expert who has written four books about doing more with less. But what makes Kondo's approach different from the scores of other decluttering coaches is its positive framing. "Rather than saying, 'throw this out, throw that out,' she teaches you to find joy in what you own," Lustado says. "If it doesn't bring you joy, maybe you don't need it. ". The obvious perk is her low cost of living. Lustado's home cost $40,000 to build, including solar panels and interior furnishings, and the acre of land it sits on is an additional $500 a month (the average home in Ojai costs about $550,000). But she doesn't find it stifling. She entertains frequently and said that, for a designer, decorating the space was the most fun she's ever had. "This movement, ultimately, is all about smart design: light, materials, strategic layouts," she says. "It's the exact same principles, and it's way more challenging to do it sustainably, affordably and beautifully. Of course, there are hurdles. Paring down her wardrobe took months and she's become a very resourceful cook. And, more than a year into living in her home, she still returns a lot of things she buys. It's worth it, she says, because of the peace of mind she has found. After speaking with Lustado, I looked around my tiny apartment and wondered whether there were items I was hanging on to for no reason: candles I'll never light, old laptops that don't turn on, leaky rainboots that certainly don't bring me joy and... Kondo's voice crept into my mind, urging me to weigh quality over. Source: www.dailyherald.com
AURORA, N. Y. -- The annual MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale draws thousands of shoppers each year, each clamoring to land great deals on items from the whimsical luxury home decor brand. More than 15,000 people have attended in past years, some driving hours across the country and camping out overnight. Hardcore shoppers bring chairs, tents and umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun. For many, it's a summer tradition for families and friends. Fans typically wait hours in line to enter the sale at the company's 65-acre estate farm. This year, the MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale will take place from Thursday, July 16 through Sunday, July 19 from 8 a. m. to 6 p. m. There are different discount specials each day. Decor items will be marked 80 percent off, including ceramics, glassware, furniture, lighting, rugs and holiday goods. The Barn Sale will feature daily live music from DJ DFR and food from Jeremiah's Tavern starting on Wednesday at 6 p. m. Only cash and credit cards are accepted at the sale and all purchases are final. Checks and MacKenzie-Childs gift cards will not be accepted. Where: MacKenzie-Childs at 3260 State Route 90, Aurora. When: Thursday, July 16 through Sunday, July 19 from 8 a. m. to 6 p. m. The sale takes place rain or shine. How much: Free to attend, bring your wallet to shop. Katrina Tulloch writes features and entertainment stories for Syracuse. com and The Post-Standard. Contact her: Email | Twitter | Google+. Source: www.syracuse.com
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