This past weekend I was part of a group of friends who headed out to Tolovana Hot Springs. This is usually my “farewell to winter” trip – I’ve been lucky enough to frequently get a cabin reservation during the long and warm days of late March. We hiked, skied, soaked, ate, drank and enjoyed the beautiful sunny weather.
Getting to Tolovana requires a bit of work. After driving to the trailhead, you then walk, ski, sled, or snowmachine the hilly ten miles into the springs. My favorite method is to load everything into an orange sled and walk, using a dog (like Rothko, above) to pull the load on the uphills. The long downhills are great for tobogganing, with some mile plus runs in places. The best part of this trip was skiing down onto and along a nearby creek below the springs. There had been a light snow the night before, and every sort of critter you can imagine had left tracks along the creek. Lynx, marten, moose, coyote, hare, weasel, even tracks left by a beaver dragging its tail along the way as it went to work on its woodlot.
I missed the opening for the apparently very well attended “One Tree” show at Well Street Art Company on Friday, but here are a couple of photos I took on Tuesday:
Two pieces by good friends: John Manthei and Maia Jones worked together on the chair; Bill Brody’s engraving printed off of the tree cross section mounted above.
One of my three “birch lights,” made from the twigs of and suspended from a plank section of tree C -12. They are a little on the crude side but the combination of light and printed paper deserves investigation in future pieces.
On Sunday I drive 250 miles south and east to Northway, a small community near the Canadian border, to do a week long art residency with their school. After working with a 400 plus sized elementary school earlier this year, 44 kids from k-12 sounds great. I might even stand a chance of learning everyone’s names.