We are now on the last days of our travels home and are in
Washington State. Mountains, plateaus, lakes
and more sights to enjoy.
|Fields of snow in Washington|
Early Spring travels may include some snow scenes. It is always more interesting when there are
beautiful mountains to see plus some old barns and buildings, as well. Blue sky and a little bit of sunshine and it
couldn’t look better! I think we are
looking back at Mt. Hood in Oregon but am really not able to be sure.
|Mt. Adams and Mt. Ranier|
We have crossed over the Columbia River and are now
following Hwy. 97. We will stop at a
rest area after the climb up cross over the plateau of the Yakima Indian
Reservation. The rest area has a
viewpoint and signage that shows Mt. Adams at 3751 metres (12,307 ft.) and Mt.
Ranier, 4392 metres (14,410 ft.). That
was quite a sight.
A little gem of a town is Leavenworth, a Bavarian town that
we had visited many years ago for an overnight stay when the whole town was lit
up with Christmas lights. I’ve never
forgotten that, only wishing I’d had a digital camera in those days. But it was worth having a drive through town
to have a daytime look, lights still strung but our schedule didn’t allow for
an overnight stay here.
We’d taken a short detour off of Hwy 97 and followed Hwy 2
into Leavenworth in Chelan County on this sunny afternoon. This small town has
a total area of 3.24 sq.km. (1.25 sq. mi) with .05 sq. km (0.02 sq mi) in
water. A very small area with a lot of
great sights to enjoy.
|Great sights to see|
The village was first built as a railway centre which
relocated to Wenatchee in 1920 ans well as a timber community that began to
fail in the ‘50’s. Two Seattle
businessmen who had purchased a family restaurant created the theme town idea
and so it began. The first building to
convert was the hotel now called the Bavarian Hotel.
The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum opened in 1995 and has
over 5,000 nutcrackers from prehistoric days to now. Leavenworth hosts an annual Octoberfest with
several other celebrations throughout the year.
It is such a quaint village, so authentic and fun to see and closer than Europe.
|Beebe Bridge over Columbia River|
After an overnight stay in Wenatchee, we are again following
Hwy 97 north and see Beebe Bridge and we are once again crossing over the Columbia
River. A peaceful sight but sure is
nothing like it was the last time
we were here in the autumn with lots of warm sunshine
and colored leaves.
Such a peaceful scene and the hills reminding us of our
hometown of Kamloops, BC. Ironically,
the further north we drove on this day, the less snow we were to see. The Okanogan area of northern Washington did
not have a lot of snow, and nor had we in the southern BC Okanagan area over
winter. Not sure why the spelling is
different, but this is not a typo.
We are now on home turf, and as much as we enjoy our
travels, there is always a great feeling to be ‘home’ in BC.
is the first day of spring and we arrived home with summer weather.
How nice was that?
Until next time!
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