October 19, 2008 § 2 Comments
We have returned from our little Autumn vacation. We stayed at the Peterson Prairie Guard Station for two nights. It was cozy and a wonderful place to stay. Except for a few loggers and even fewer hunters there was almost no one around so it was very quiet and peaceful. We did a little exploring but it was damp and overcast mostly so we stayed inside and roasted s’mores (we brought yummy Trader Joe’s vanilla marshmallows), napped, knitted, read, and stayed warm by the fire. All of the firewood was alreeady chopped and stocked in the cabin when we arrived. The area around the cabin, in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, is a great place in “Spring, Summer, and Fall” according to the ranger, but it seems that there are also lots of groomed snow trails for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, etc. People can rent the cabin all year round and from reading the guest log there is a lot of snow in the winter. After the cabin we headed up to Leavenworth for Oktoberfest with friends.
Some photos from our trip.
Oktoberfest was good for sock and sweater watching. I took a few pictures of the “scenery” to get photos of good knitted garments on strangers. I didn’t get a picture of the green and white entrelac loferl I saw, but the man in the middle in the photo above is sporting a nice pair of loferl. One of the loferl wearing Bavarian’s told us that they were originally made from old socks (that were beyond repair?)- as a practical way of saving materials and staying warm. This article here talks about the “mystery” of the loferl. It seems to be translated from a German article, but basicaly they think that loferl were for practical and modest purposes.