A pair of the founding pillars of the Mountain News – Anuttama and Billy Budd – have left the area, but they have taken us in their hearts and have sent these recent pictures of a day trip to the Mountain from their new home in the Cowlitz River valley.
Originally from the Graham area, the Budds have now moved to a handsome spread of 12 acres in the Glenoma area, which they named Nandagram, which means something sweet and inspiring in Hindi but unfortunately, the exact translation escapes me.
Nevertheless, when the Budds arrived there this summer it was clear that the house and property had suffered greatly from the lack of an on-site caretaker for the past year. Facing a daunting task of clean-up and restoration, squads of family and friends have trekked to the homesite for major scrubbing and carpentry work. This past week, a spiritual brother of Anuttama’s from Chicago, a fellow named Gupta Das, spent a week restoring the hardwood flooring and teaching the Budds the finer points of plastering, spackling and paint. As they finished up, the team decided to take advantage of this week’s superb weather and they journeyed to the Paradise Ranger Station.
Anuttama has sent us these pictures, and their beauty begged for further viewing on the pages of the Mountain News.
Note: Anuttama is one of the original administrators of the Mountain News, and was instrumental in the set-up and maintenance of this web site. Thanks, Anuttama!
BAS, The Mountain News – WA
To learn more about the activities of Anuttama and Billy, check their blog:
All pictures courtesy of Anuttama and Billy Budd.