One of the most truly beautiful gifts anyone has ever given to me was made by the multi-talented Dia Calhoun. (She creates art! Writes fantasy! And verse! And fights off cougars!) A few weeks before I left for China last summer, she and Lorie Ann Grover met me in Winthrop–the setting for North of Beautiful.

They spirited me to Dia’s favorite fishing hole…where Dia presented me with the official North of Beautiful geocache! Not only did she create a cache–stuffing it with keepsakes and symbols from my book, but she had scoped out a site for the cache, too.


We were giggling as we took the coordinates… N 48° 08.290 W 120° 01.022.


Your mission: Go to the Methow Valley. You won’t be sorry. And now can you find the cache?


Today I am grateful for friends who know my heart.

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