First Snow at Skalitude

The first snow fell so softly and added another layer of quiet to the hills up here. The white blanket covered everything and put the garden to bed for the winter.

 Some yummy currants left for the birds to enjoy. Have seen Clarks nutcrackers, Steller’s jays, juncos and a fox sparrow that likes to live in the lilac bush and visit at the window.

 The elder apricot tree looks amazing with the snow sprinkled on it’s branches, defining their shape.

 This is an amazingly tall Ponderosa Pine… have to see it in person to appreciate it’s size.

 Fun snow sculptures….couldn’t resist…..wet snow makes the best snowballs!

Simple beauty in nature’s shape and form……..Come appreciate the changing seasons at Skalitude. We now are offering mid week one room stays on air BnB……The skiing will be good soon!
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By Cindy Ruprecht – caretaker

FALL in love with Skalitude this Autumn.

The smell of wood smoke is in the air. The days are getting shorter and the night time air is crisp. Here are some photos of the last few gorgeous days hiking around Skalitude retreat.

 Your four-legged friend is welcome to join you for your stay. The hiking is amazing, and the scenery stops you in your tracks. You can’t help but pause and take it all in. The sound of the wind in the grasses, and a far off wood pecker, the warmth of the sun on your face, is all here for you to come and experience.

                                           Little Bear enjoying the meadow on sunny day.

Golden leaves in the sunlight
A beautiful hike through the meadow winds up through the forest and loops back around to the lodge.
Hope to see you soon!

Wellness Weekend Retreat November 8-10, 2013

Wellness Weekend November 8-10:
Yoga, Great Food, Herbal Talks, Sauna, Fresh Air, Silence

Relaxing Yoga in the Lodge
 Come join us for a rejuvenating weekend featuring nourishing food, rejuvenating yoga and a cleansing sauna!  We’ll give you tools to make it through winter feeling your best.
Featuring: Becky Studen – yoga teacher
Robin Baire – Clinical Herbalist
Ken Ruprecht – chef
Register online at
this also has a link to the newsletter with the full schedule and menu for the weekend.
Or call 509-997-1032 and talk to a live person!!

Lighting the Way!

For those that live in Puget Sound, take note that Puget Sound Energy is currently subsidizing the cost of new LED light bulbs.  At Home Depot, you can buy a 4-pack of 40 Watt-equivalent LED bulbs for only $8, which is about half of what they cost normally.  These light bulbs only use 6 watts – an amazing energy saving too!  Here at Skalitude we have been using only Compact Flourescent light bulbs, as they are much  more efficient than the old style incandescent.  But with the current subsidy, we just re-powered the entire property in LEDs, as they use half again less energy than CFLs.

A quick comparison: an incandescent 40 watt bulb uses 40 watts.  (Watts = volts times amps.  The voltage in any power system remains constant – the Lodge for instance is a 24 volt system, the cabin is a 12 volt system, the Grid is 120 volt.)  A CFL with about the same amount of light, or lumens, uses about 13 watts, while a LED bulb uses only 6 watts.  Since our meters tell us how many amps we are using, and volts stay constant, that means we’ve gone from using 1.5 amps (40 divided by 24), to .5 amps to .25 amps per light.  It may not seem like much, but that will be a goodly savings, especially in winter when every amp counts!!  See our electricity pdf on the Educational Resources page for a more in-depth discussion of power usage!