I have always wanted to visit the town of Leavenworth,WA so today we drove the 50 miles up Hwy 97 to Hwy 2 through the Wenatchee National Forest.
Leavenworth is a Bavarian Village located at the base of the Cascade Mountains on Hwy 2. In the early 1800's, the area was inhabited by Native Americans. In 1892, the Great Northern Railway began laying track. The town consisted of a P ost Office, Drugstore,Hotel and Saloon. In 1904, a huge lumber settlement took hold, but not for long as the rail line was routed up the Chumstick Valley thus closing the lumber mill in 1920. In the 1960's a project"Life--Leavenworth Improvement for Everybody began. Thus the Bavarian Village was created.
Today Leavenworth holds four seasons of adventure and seasons to be enjoyed year round. Strolling along the streets one can partake of world class food, wine and beer. Shopping is abundant and hotels very charming. You certainly feel as if you are a German Bavarian village in Europe. Many outdoor activities abound for every interest year round. Can just imagine the beauty of the area in fall and winter. The Wenatchee River and Icicle Creek offer rafting.
After leaving here we intended to drive up to Lake Chelan, but the smoke from recent forest fire gave cause to put on our list for another time. Instead we drove through Wenatchee and down to Othello where John had been stationed in the early 60's at an Air Force Station. There is no access now and the base is in deterioration.
Tomorrow we are just going to relax and get ready for our departure to Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island, WA..one of our favorite campgrounds..can't wait..we are supposed to meet up with friends Jim and Gloria. We will be there until 15 September.