Welcome to Inspiration Monday!
Inspiration Monday is a place where I share things that I find inspiring and hope that you will too. The inspiration may be a photo of one of our favorite hikes, a dog friendly town, park, or lodge we want to visit, an inspiring story, a small “goal” to work on for the week, or just a little reminder to be the best pet parents we can be.
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Have you heard of a fatbike? It’s a bicycle with really wide tires – some approaching small motorcycle size – that allow you to ride on sand and snow.
S knows a lot about bikes. In fact, he builds them in his metal shop in our basement.
Fatbikes are his favorite to build. He finished building one for me last spring and I rode it on the beach at the annual summer Northwest Fatbike meetup.
S and I used to be huge mountain bikers. We barely go anymore and one of the reasons is because Chester and Gretel can’t come with us. Mountain biking is too fast and rough for them. Dogs are required to be leashed where we ride so letting them run beside us wouldn’t be an option even IF they wouldn’t run off.
I am super excited because we are heading to Winthrop, WA this weekend for the winter Northwest Fatbike meetup and Chester and Gretel are coming with us!
Here is a picture of S from last year.
Winthrop is a super cute little western town nestled on the east side of North Cascades National Park. It was first established as a gold mining town in 1883. Winthrop is home to the oldest legal saloon in Washington state.
When I was a kid, I remember going there with my parents and the streets were all dirt. Now they are paved, and there is one stop sign, but the sidewalks are still boardwalks made of wood and all of the buildings have a rustic, American Old West look to them.
We have reservations at a little dog friendly place in town called the River Pines Inn. I’ve never been but when I saw it’s got log furniture, and is by a foot-bridge that crosses the creek and connects to part of the Methow Valley trail system, I was sold. I booked us a nice big king bed!
On Saturday S and I will ride with the big group while Chester and Gretel nap in the car. Don’t worry, they will be plenty warm in their down blankets.
On Sunday, S and I plan to do a little riding with Chester and Gretel alongside us. The Methow Trail system is groomed. A lot of cross country skiers use them. Unlike most cross country trail systems, dogs are allowed on some of them. Dogs are allowed on the 17 miles of trails in the Rendezvous System and on the 5-mile Big Valley Loop. (Note: according to the dog rules, we will need to get them a pass to use the trails)
S held on to Gretel’s leash and let her “pull” him on the beach during the summer fatbike meetup so we know that riding with them is totally doable. We won’t go for miles but we’ll have a little fun and get some pictures of tiny dogs pulling people on bikes (there is actually a name for that – bikejoring). I just wish I could capture the look on people’s faces when they see us 🙂
Although this town is a jumping off point for adventures like hiking with your dog in summer and cross country skiing with your dog in winter, and several places to stay in and around town allow dogs, I was not able to find any dog-friendly restaurants online. I think there is a restaurant with a dog-friendly patio in the summer but I am sure that is closed in Winter. I’ll seek out any places you can eat if you have a dog in two while we are there and let you know.
Be looking for our adventure report later next week. This is a cool place to visit.