Liberty Bell – Mazama out and back bike ride

Someone heading north and east on Highway 20 on their way to Twisp might never see this incredible spectacle. On the other hand, someone riding a bicycle slowly up this mountain westbound from Twisp cannot fail to see it. It vaults higher than it seems it should, and the shape is so much like a castle with ramparts that it seems almost man-made. but men don’t make things on this scale. What men do (and women too) is try to scale formations like this. This popular bike route starts at Marblemount and goes over both Rainy pass and Washington Pass (the one right past this rock formation. then after this summit, there is a screaming descent down to the Mazama Country Inn, where good food is served and comfy beds await. In the morning, after a delicious and large breakfast, the mountains await and the intrepid cyclists must now climb back out over those same mountain passes.

4 responses to “Liberty Bell – Mazama out and back bike ride”

  1. Mimi — this painting is wonderful! One of my favorite places in the world (ok, my world, anyway). I am planning this ride the first Sat in August — but from Marblemount to Mazama with our club. I can’t wait to see all that I really do miss while doing this drive instead of ride.

  2. Another great painting… and I like the way you write a story about most of your paintings. All I can say about bicyclists is that it just doesn’t make sense. Sort of like skydiving….

  3. I like your new painting very much. It feels like that part of Washington. I can feel the air. I also like the way you have overlapping categories of things you paint–landscapes–yes–but often they have a story behind them–like being part of a bike trip.

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