Fleeting Fall Days

In between snow flurries and early morning frosts, these golden afternoons hold their currency in gold.  Washed in soft, glowing sunlight it feels cruel to be anywhere but beside  the Methow River enjoying the fleeting days of fall.


Kayla & Jesse

What happens when a girl who owns beautiful horses falls in love with a boy who owns his own horse-drawn wagon?  They get married of course!

When Kayla contacted me last year about holding her wedding at Spring Creek Ranch I was simply thrilled.  I had often admired her beautiful, oil paintings and developed a great respect for her hardworking parents who farm our 20 acres of alfalfa hay each year.  Kayla’s family farms bucolic hay fields all over the Methow Valley and the realization that she wanted to marry Jesse at a place that she and her family worked felt… significant.

Now that their amazing day filled with horses and a carriage, pigs and salmon, schoolgirl friends and Marine Comrades is over and our alfalfa awaits the first cut of the year, I am ever so grateful that another local family was able to celebrate together in a place they call home.

Working the land and taking vows, together at Spring Creek Ranch.

Venue:  Spring Creek Ranch, Winthrop, WA :: All Photos: Joel Ang Photography– used with the generous permission of the photographer :: Floral Design:  Fawn Meadow Design :: Catering: Joel Travelstead :: Cakes: Rocking Horse Bakery :: Tents, tables and chairs: Ok’s Cascade


Celestial Cinema 2013!

Dates chosen (check), screen and sound reserved (yup), movies picked (you betcha), poster designed (you rock, Sarah!), non-profit organizations onboard and excited to share in the magic of…

YES!  We’re moving full steam ahead with a great line up of films: Disney/Pixar’s animated film, “Up” and Warner Brothers/Amblin Entertainment’s epic tale, “The Goonies”.  Spring Creek Ranch is proud to support two great non-profit organizations this year: The Confluence Gallery and Little Star Montessori School.  Can’t wait to see you all there!

Posted by Spring Creek Ranch at 9:46 pm

Amanda Palmer: Give and Receive Fearlessly

From crowd surfing to couch surfing to crowd sourcing, Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls and Grand Theft Orchestra speaks in the most profoundly, articulate way about the art and the responsibility of Asking.

It’s been years since I sat next to Amanda in a German Philosophy class at that very upstanding University she mentions, but it fills me with such joy to see what she has chosen to do with her life and how she has stayed so very true to the ideals and perspectives that make her who she is.

Thank you Amanda, for saying so many of the things I believe to be true in such a moving way.  And please know that you are always welcome to stay at the ranch or in my own home.  The door is always open for you as you continue your journey of giving and receiving fearlessly.

Posted by Spring Creek Ranch at 12:06 pm

December, 18th 2012

As evidenced by running into (ahem), skiing into the groomer this morning, the Community Trail is very much open and glittering in todays sunshine and cold temperatures.  The thermometer at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base read 4 degrees when Daren arrived at work this a.m. so make sure that you bundle up!

Much thanks to everyone at MVSTA for all of their work.  Check their grooming report here.