LOVELY LEAVENWORTH IN WASHINGTON STATE

 

 

It really has been forever and a day since we’ve made the trip to Leavenworth here in Washington State. The last time we visited was in winter, years ago, so to be able to experience summer here was exciting for us.

We arrived at the Thousand Trails campground in Leavenworth and were directed to our site, located right on the edge of a darling little lake. Tall, towering pines surrounded our site and at once I felt at peace.

Here is the view from the inside of our trailer looking out – I’m sorry we are not there right now. What a beautiful spot it was.

 

 

After we settled into our site we began with our full day agenda. First up was a scenic, 15 mile drive to Leavenworth.

Leavenworth has my heart. This adorable town is like a little slice of Germany here in the Pacific Northwest. People come from all over the country to celebrate Oktoberfest, wine tasting, and to explore the unique Bavarian inspired boutiques that are found here.

 

 

 

 

After a few hours exploring the town of Leavenworth, we decided to continue on and explore the nearby Alpine Lakes Wilderness, home to Icicle Creek, which in my opinion is more like a river. Icicle Creek’s water runs wild, strong, and ferocious in some parts and in others it runs smooth, almost mirror like and looks perfect for fishing. This was our goal this afternoon, to find the perfect pocket of water for some catch and release.

 

 

 

We do end up finding a very picturesque place to fish and can hardly believe our eyes at the beauty around us. We get busy tending to our lines, warming up our casts and enjoying the quiet that connects us as a family. The feeling of fly fishing together, to be close by and to revel in a loved one’s catch (and release) or simply a bite is something that words just can’t describe.

 

 

I take a moment to myself and hike around our beautiful fishing spot. As I hike, my eyes naturally gravitate to the ground. It seems instinct for me to always be on the lookout for mushrooms, in particular the morel mushroom. This mushroom is by far, my favorite (and if you follow me here on the Scenic Route you may remember this story. Hubby and B are used to this kind of hunting of mine and sometimes they joke about how hard I try to find just one single mushroom and sadly, it does not happen. Well, not today 🙂

 

 

 

After a few hours on the river, we decide to head back to camp. We had no bites today, and that was okay. I remember the words of a wise old fisherman on a Montana river who once told me, “Monica, they wouldn’t call it fishin’ if you were catchin’ fish all day,” and these words I repeat to my boy B when he starts to get down about no bites. I am happy to report that on this trip, the boy was happy and listened to my words and accepted the fact that no bites, are actually quite alright. “But mommy, it is really fun when we do catch a fish,” he added – and we both had a laugh. He was right, I will admit.

As we arrive back at camp, the sun was still shining and we got busy, not being busy. After a crazed week at work, this time off for me was pure therapy.

Hubby took B to the pool here at Thousand Trails, which was full of children happily playing and families enjoying the warm sun. Oliver and I stayed behind to relax, read and unwind. As I sat facing the sun, soaking it all in, I happened to look over at Oliver. Poor guy, someone forgot his canine sunglasses. Sorry Oliver – never again will that happen!

 

 

Dinner that evening was one of our favorites, a smorgasbord platter full of goodies that we could all make our own whichever way we pleased. When its warm outside and you don’t feel like slaving over a hot stove, a platter with all your favorites is really a great way to go. Plus cleanup is a breeze and everyone is happy, including the chef 🙂

 

 

 

 

The next morning we woke up to another beautiful, sunny day. I made coffee on the stove while B happily read (okay, not really happy) from his book. Hubby and I remain firm on his morning studies during the weekend and in the summer months during our RV travels and at home. If you don’t use it, you lose it – we remind him. But once he settles in, all is okay.

 

 

 

 

I cook breakfast nice and slow and enjoy the moment. A fluffy egg scramble was on the menu with butter sautéed morel mushrooms. I won’t forget the Pacific Northwest cold smoked salmon that accompanied this morning dish. This is one of our favorites and best enjoyed on leisurely mornings when you can appreciate the fine flavors. Serve atop a stove-top toasted English muffin half with a sprinkling of fresh dill and crunchy Maldon salt and you’ve got yourself a breakfast fit for a king and queen.

 

 

B sees his friends that he made from the pool yesterday and like a flash, the boy is on his bike riding along with them, laughing and having a great time. This makes my heart sing to see this boy so happy and enjoying life.

They don’t call Thousand Trails, Thousand Trails for nothing. I was amazed at the abundance of trail systems all around the campground. I take Oliver for a nice leisurely walk along one of the trails and I stop to smell the flowers along the way. I mean, when do I have time to stop and smell the flowers? On this day I did, thankfully.

 

 

 

 

 

And that’s how our last day was spent – relaxing, taking walks and enjoying the quiet. In the evening B made his very first campfire. He built it, lit it and stood back to admire it.

 

 

After admiring his beautiful campfire, I whipped up these delicious margaritas in the blender. We enjoyed them while watching the golden sunset over our little lake in front of our campsite.

 

 

 

The next morning as hubby and B went for one last swim before hitching up the trailer to leave, I tested out a new RV décor idea I’ve had in mind for a while. My obsession with Washi tape runs strong and I brought along a few new favorite rolls with me on this trip.

If you haven’t heard of Washi tape, it’s a glorious thing. It originates from Japan, and feels like very super thin masking tape. It comes in a huge array of colors and patterns and best of all, it removes from whatever surface virtually residue free.

Washi tape can be found online, or at your local craft store.

Here are some of the fun things I did to the interior of my trailer, that you can do too:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before I knew it, the boys were back and we began to pack up and hitch up. I was sad our weekend was over, but I felt fortunate that we lived not too far away from beautiful Leavenworth and would hopefully be able to come back soon.

On a side note, I really enjoy decorating my trailer with DIY projects such as the Washi tape one mentioned above. I’d love to hear what you have done with your RV to make it your own. Please do share!

Thank you for being here xo

 

 

Fresh Margarita’s

In your blender, place:

  • 1 whole orange, peeled and quartered
  • 1 whole lime, peeled and quartered
  • 1 whole lemon, peeled and quartered
  • 6 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces Triple Sec
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 5 cups ice

Blend and serve!

Notes: Serve in chilled margarita glasses. In my trailer I have stainless steel versions and I keep them in the freezer. I run a wedge of lime around the edges and dip the glasses in margarita salt. I then pour the Margarita on in. If you want to take this up a notch, finish with a nice float of Grand Marnier. This is a very refreshing drink with the bright flavors of the citrus shining through.