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Published: September 10th 2017
blog 9-09-17 Two days in Leavenworth
We were very lazy Friday morning and just sat outside after walking the dogs and enjoyed the mountains. We are not high in altitude but up from the city of Leavenworth in peaky mountains covered with beautiful pine trees. I did take some pictures to try to show how it looks here but the smoke is bad in spots so it doesn't show up well. Leavenworth is a quaint little Bavarian town and the mountains make it look like we are in the alps.
By afternoon we had a little energy so we headed to a small town about 40 min from here to visit a candy factory that was a favorite for Ginnie when she was a kid. We took a tour and after having a few samples we bought a little candy and headed home.
Just a relaxing evening with the kids and a very early night to bed.
Saturday we planned to go to Leavenworth and take part in the festivities that the weekend offers there. At 10:30 we had to park several blocks away but found a spot then headed to town. It is a
festive atmosphere with lots of people and at 12 noon a Bavarian Band started to play which made you just want to dance.
We went into a few shops then found the art show on the sidewalk. There were several venders that displayed photographs of nature, some extremely good others were ok. Then I turned around to another display and as I looked at the 15 or so pictures on the wall I realized they all had life and motion to them. There was something very special about the images the photographer captured. Well, wasn't the artist right there. Her name was Karen Williams and she lives in the area. She is about my age and after raising her family she turned to photography, a passion she has had for years. We talked for a while and she told me she camped on BLM land north of Cody, WY and captured images of the wild mustangs that are believed to be decendents of Wild Bill Cody's shows. She camped in a tent for 10 days and one day woke up to find a wild stallion looking at her through the tent door. She was able to capture some outstanding
pictures with passion and adventure right there in the picture. Gorgeous!!
Ginnie found an ice cream store and after indulging we decided to do some grocery shopping then head home.
At 5:00 there was a doggie swim at the pool because they were closeing the pool for the season so we took the boys down to see what their reaction would be. Watson got his feet wet and that was enough, Linus was out as soon as his feet hit the water but Alfy got in as far as his chest til he had had enough. Then as an extra treat we were served ice cream and cake by the management to celebrate dog day. The dogs all had a little ice cream before we headed back to the camper.
As Ginnie and I were sitting outside after dinner 2 little girls came over to talk to us and visit the dogs. They were really cute and talked a blue streak about life and cats and dogs. One of the girl's favorite books was Ferdinand the Bull, my favorite as a kid, and she said they were making it a movie but she couldn't see it until
she had read the whole book. I'll have to look for that one.
It was getting really chilly outside so we all headed inside to our respective campers to warm up. They both live full time in campers and are home-schooled, something we are seeing more and more of in the campgrounds.
I feel so out of touch with no tv and all this news about the hurricane and the fires here but we get bits and pieces from Facebook and limited internet.
Our weather had been beautiful, warmer in the day and cooling nicely at night. Today it even cleared, no smoke, and the sun came out.
Tomorrow we head west again to a town called La Conner, WA north of Seattle. It's on the sound and I sure hope to breathe some salty air.
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