WEEKEND GETAWAY EXPLORING WENATCHEE AND LEAVENWORTH
Our weather in the Pacific Northwest has been nothing short of amazing. Perfect time to hook up the trailer and head out on a road trip. This time we drove east of the Cascade Mountains to explore the Wenatchee area.
Our basecamp was the Wenatchee River County Park, or WRCP. We love this place. WRCP is just off the highway and is laid out like a park with large lawns for spreading out and plenty of room for the kids to run. My favorite is loop B due to its proximity to the play park. I can relax in my lounge chair right outside my RV and watch the kids all day at the merry-go-round. A nice benefit of this park is the low traffic giving me peace of mind while the kids wander on their toys. Forget your bike? No worries, WRCP has bikes to check out. They offer several amenities like free WiFi, laundry, showers, bathrooms, volleyball, horseshoes, basketball hoop, golfing cage, free movie and book check-out, work-out areas, and a Ping-Pong table. One downside to WRCP are the passing trains that pass through all hours of the day and night.
Located about 15 miles from WRCP is Leavenworth, a Bavarian city situated in the beautiful Cascade Mountains. Lots of shopping, eating and beer sampling brings thousands of visitors here every year. They host an Oktoberfest celebration and Christmas Lighting Festival too.
Lake Valhalla, near the top of Steven’s Pass, is an eleven-mile roundtrip hike to a beautiful lake. The start of the trail is located across from the Steven’s Pass ski area at the Pacific Crest Trail trailhead.
Photo courtesy of our great friends Brian and Laura
I am in love with Cashmere’s Museum and Pioneer Village. This museum has done a fantastic job of displaying local and regional history. Everything about this museum is worth your while. My favorite display has to be the Pioneer Village, which consists of 20 original structures brought in from the local area. Walking through the village transports you to the pioneer way of life and is truly remarkable.
In Wenatchee is Ohme’s Gardens. This beautiful garden, located on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River, was once home to a dry, rocky, and desolate patch of earth. Herman and Ruth Ohme had a vision for these four acres, and in 1929 started their dream to transform the bluff into an alpine meadow with pools and evergreens. Most of the work was done by hand as they transplanted plants and trees from the nearby Cascade Mountains along with native stone for the pathways. Mr. Ohme even used to carry five gallon buckets full of water from the Columbia River up to the garden to water it. If that is not determination, then I don’t know what is. Mr. Ohme worked on his garden until his death in 1971. Honor Herman and Ruth Ohme with a visit to their garden and wander through the quiet retreat while marveling at all their hard work.
All this exploring leave you hungry? We headed back to a place call McGlinn’s in Wenatchee. Wow is all I can say. Everything on the menu is wonderful. The food is so good that we always find time to stop in. We ordered the soup (get black bean chili), salad, beer bread, and Philly dip sandwich. Seriously GOOD!!
Thank you so much for stopping by and reading. Time to pack up that RV and enjoy the road! God Bless 🙂