BOOK NOW FOR 2017: Like with any lodging situation that only hangs out the "open" sign for part of the year, Drakesbad Guest Ranch's dance card fills up months ahead of its yearly debut. It's closed for the rest of 2016, but the prospective opening date in 2017, June 2, isn't too far on the horizon. That means you can reserve asap, and find your sweet cabin or room, and not worry about having to cobble together your summertime trip when the springtime rolls around (and many dates are booked up). Oh, and yes, we did say "electricity-free" earlier, for "(a)ll accommodations are rustic and quaint, most without electricity." Kerosene lamps are provided, giving guests a "welcome respite from the modern world." With the super-connected lives we all lead, one can easily see how such an opportunity would appeal, vastly. So book now, for 2017, but if you have a hankering to visit the Cascades this winter, you don't even need to leave the state to do so: Just say hello to Lassen Peak, or the not-too-far-off Medicine Lake Volcano, or dear Mount Shasta, also longtime members of the Cascades club, one of the most venerable societies in the state.