Stayed at: North Spokane RV Campground
Downtown Spokane - Riverfront Park
Spokane Falls Skyride
Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village
I'm so far behind wiht posts that I'm going to start just throwing up pictures until I can get caught up!
There are two main routes into Leavenworth from Seattle - US-2 and US-90. Being that it was drizzling out and we were still new to rv driving, we opted for the wider interstate with fewer twists and turns (US-90), though if you happen to be traveling by car, I hear the more northern route (US-2) is supposed to be one of the most beautiful drives in the area.
Walking into Leavenworth is kind of like entering the alpine version of Solvang, CA - every sign is painted using a Barvarian font, hanging flower baskets everywhere, and all kinds of cutesy buildings selling bratwurst. But Leavenworth wasn't always the Barvarian-themed winter playland you see today. The town took some majors hits in the 1920's - the sawmill closed down after after the railway was completely rerouted around Leavenworth. Thankfully, just before the town could turn into a ghost town, the community leaders of the 1960's came up with the idea to transform this bust town into a Barvarian village that would attract tourists from all over (even from as far as Los Angeles). The shopkeepers of Leavensworth rallied together and remodeled all their storefronts to fit into this new theme. And what do you know... the town attracts thousands of people all year long to come skiing, shopping, ziplining and innertubing down the river.
Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hachery
Since we took a family trip to Seattle just a couple summers ago, and the weather forecast was calling for more rain, we decided to skip town. We had originally planned to head north into Canada to see Vancouver and Lake Louise...then drop down into Glacier National Park (Montana), but with days of rain and snow/ice in the forecast for those destinations, we decided to try our luck heading east instead.
We made a quick stop at the Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hachery about 30 minutes east of Seattle. I took the long way, by getting on a bridge going the wrong direction. Doh! But at least I was just driving the car and not the rv (Matt and I split up since it was raining and we had some mountain roads to drive). We hit the fish hachery at a great time of year, since the salmon were swimming upriver to spawn. From this bridge we could actually spot a few of the beat up reddish colored fish slowly trying to make their way upstream.
Mercer Island, WA
Good morning Seattle!
I thought I was being all productive getting up at the crack of dawn to take some photos... little did I know that dawn wasn't until almost 8am. After a little over a week living in the rv, we were lucky to have our old neighbors and friends host us at their beautiful new home on Mercer Island. We were also lucky to share some yummy dinners, have great conversation and ooo... a shower where I didn't have to wear flip flops! (A side note: You know that fuzzy bath mat that keeps you from slipping on the tile floor as you step out of the steamy shower? That soft bath mat that makes the transition from the steamy warm shower to the colder expanse of the bathroom more bearable... oh, that's one of the things I miss most taking showers at the rv parks.)
Check out the morning view from our friends' kitchen window!
I'll be sharing our travel plans, some reviews, cooking ideas (because I know you are all jealous of my easy-bake oven), and ... oh who am I kidding?! I'll be lucky to get our photos posted!