We took our time packing the van, it has been almost a year since our last trip and it always takes a couple of outings before we get into a rhythm and remember everything on our list. We didn’t get out of town until about 1 p.m., had to stop at the bank and get some money, had to find propane, stop for groceries, etc. etc. etc. A slow start to say the least; it was threatening to rain and we saw no reason to hurry, deciding to head for Leavenworth just a couple of hours away. More delays, once on the highway we realized it had been a long time since breakfast and we would never make it across the pass without food so one more stop, this time at the Maltby Café where they always serve up a tasty meal. Despite the fact we were famished we opted for moderation and split a sandwich . . . good choice, their servings are enormous.
Highway 2 over Stevens Pass is a really beautiful drive and as we neared Leavenworth, with the river running high we saw four kayakers running the river, bobbing around like colorful corks among the rapids.
Leavenworth, a little Bavarian-like village with the rugged peaks of the Cascade Range as a backdrop. We were still full from lunch when we arrived so we found a campsite and then went back into town to our favorite little restaurant, Pavz, for crepes and a glass of wine. I managed to eat part of a salad but George had a beautiful portabella crepe and he helped me with my salad – we had a really big lunch!
Back at the campsite we walked the grounds and then settled in for the evening. Not long after our walk the rains returned; I am hopeful that tomorrow will bring sunshine.
We hope to ride the bike trail from Confluence State Park, about 45 minutes away, where the Wenatchee River joins the Columbia River; the Apple Capital Loop is a 10-mile loop that runs along the east and west sides of the Columbia River and promises to be a pretty ride. I hope get the kinks out and to see how my hip handles the ride. I did well yesterday and the pedaling actually felt good but getting on and off my bike is a tremendous challenge. Maybe by the end of the week I will have perfected my mount and dismount.