Beauty is in the eye of the beholder in Fawnskin!

You know it is great living in an area where every moment of the day is stunning. No heavily polluted skies, light traffic (except for holiday weekends) and nature surrounding us each and every day.

Unfortunately I’ve hit that nice phase called peri-menopause and it tends to interfere with enjoyment–let me just say it is like PMS on steroids. Yesterday was particularly tough but Snoop Sister Deb and I grabbed Shadow and headed into the hills.

Our amble took us to one of Shadow’s favorite area–creekside. There are lots of smells to keep her occupied. Other than the day she decided to leap into the stream, she usually steers clear or ambles in the shallow parts. She’ll take a drink but stays with us on the banks when she isn’t lollygagging behind.

I thought it might be nice to attempt to lure her into the deep part of the creek but when I put my hand in…brrr! No wonder she doesn’t want to go in. The creek is still really cold, which makes sense since it is runoff from melting snow!

Captain John keeps showing up creekside down below Grout Creek Bridge with his rake and broom. He is diligently clearing cinders, trash, and other debris.

It confuses me that people come up here to enjoy the beauty of the mountains and nature and then just toss their trash and leave refuse all over the area.

I have another post to do with some examples…

The trout are still up the creek and very active. However, with the warm weather I am figuring the creek will dry up in another couple of weeks. In the meantime, I enjoy the daily trip to see what has changed on a day-to-day basis.

We are not the only ones that stop either. Although I have not seen the fishing coyote yet, other animals drop by including a Great Heron who makes it hard for me to get a good picture.

A few years ago I used to see one every morning at the bridge. I am not sure if it is just so busy now that the creature avoids that area or if it is just because I am walking later when it is warmer.

On the amble back we took a minute to explore one of the lakeside properties up for sale. The 1, 849, 000 place is a rental and the decor is rather disappointing.

However, it is clear that the reason they built is for the view.

Funny, Reo told me he bought all those lots for something like 1200 bucks way back and couldn’t sell them back in the 1970s for 7500 bucks a piece. Talk about ROI!

Personally, I dislike the huge homes built on the edges of lakes and oceanside.

Mainly because it seems selfish because they sit empty except for a few days a year. What ever happened to renting the rustic fishing cabins or ocean home for the summers instead?

Where my friends live near the ocean, huge monstrosities fill the beach access area. It used to be that you could see the ocean from the streets and other homes but now these three story towers fill the lots and make it impossible to enjoy the view.

There are only a few original beach houses left…and nobody is ever in them.

Speaking of old rustic homes, the old Fawnskin Post Office is up for sale again. Since most old buildings are being brought up to code after sale it will be interesting to see what happens with this property.

Not too far up the street, Alvin Gonzales is fixing up one of the cabins built in the 1920s. We had heard it was going to be leveled but it isn’t. He has worked on several homes in the area and is a fairly new valley resident but let us snoop. The owner, now in her 70s, is fixing it up for her kids who were apparently raised here.

Speaking of snooping…I knocked on the door of the North Shore Tavern when I noticed two cars in the lot.

Of course, since GG doesn’t rate, so I got blown off.

However, the news is that they are being preparations to open. The dba is North Shore Taverne–gone is the brewery listing but it looks like the Osmundsons are going to run it.

I’ll keep you posted but if you hear anything–let me know.

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2 Responses to “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder in Fawnskin!

  • 1
    April 18th, 2008 16:17


    I was just wondering isn’t grout creek part of the national forest. If so why is it that I can’t get to far along the creek without seeing signs posted KEEP OUT. I just walked on the peddersen mill side of the creek and was unable to go very far. There is a tiny house just past the mill with a Canadian flag flying and they have posted a sign saying KEEP OUT! Last year I was able to go much further along grout creek, I thought the creek was for everyone to enjoy walking beside. I am very sad about this because I love walking back there it was so peaceful and relaxing and it saddens me that I can no longer do this, and I have NEVER SEEN ANY PEOPLE at that little house, with the Canadian flag. Please let me know why that is, it is very upsetting.

    Thank you so much, Debbie

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    GG (Gossip Girl)
    April 21st, 2008 09:51

    Sorry to break it to you but you stumbled onto private property. The little building you see is a pump house not a residence. The people live near the road and are on the property full-time. This property actually extends through the creek to the other side.
    On the other side, the property was just surveyed. The forest service often trades or sells parcels off and it appears that they did so with this land as there are now survey markers all the way up the creek–and even in the creek. I believe the area is slated for eventual development. There is a trail and an easement through the area but I am not aware of legalities on the matter.