A visit to Deer Park and Spokane Wa. with a side trip to Coeur d’Alene tossed in

 As we mentioned in our last update Saturday (8/4) rolled around and it was time to roll once again so we lifted our jacks and made a move 65 miles east to the Spokane RV & Golf Resort in Deer Park Washington about 25 miles straight north of Spokane.

 Because we had such a short travel day and because we like the backroads we took sort of an odd path that was ok but one we might not do again if in the area.

 We drove hwy 25 north from the park until we reached the town of Hunters where we jumped on Springdale Hunters road and drove it to Loon Lake. Then we took HWY 395 south to Deer Park where by following the GPS directions had us wind through a neighborhood before reaching the Spokane Golf & RV Resort. Apparently our GPS had no idea there was a better route once we reached Deer park other than taking us though the residential area LOL!!

 The route between point A and B was fine and like I said we prefer the backroads but this route had us on some roads that make you think, Hmmm, if we had an issue here we would just be in the road with no possible way to park to the side. And it was that way for most of the route.

 Because of the short travel day we rolled into our destination shortly after 11 but had no problem getting into our site, and a nice site it was. We had a big nose in site facing the gold course.

Our site

Our site

Our view out the windshield

Our view out the windshield

 Spokane RV & Golf Resort is separated into 2 areas, a area that is more, well, campground (ish) with sites much closer together and a section of much larger sites that can be purchased and customized which is where we were.

Big sites.

Big sites.

Wide streets

Wide streets

 A bare site in the owners area would cost you $52,000 (list price, we have no idea what you could actually negotiate) and some people have really done a nice job with landscaping and adding outbuilding’s and pergola’s which created a comfortable looking living areas.

Shed and sitting area.

Shed and sitting area.

Lots of green grass in this park, and nice sheds

Lots of green grass in this park, and nice sheds

 From what we were told after purchase the cost was very low per month, I actually forgot exactly but it was something like $150 per month. Very affordable living but there just wasn’t enough in the area to attract us. They had a nice golf course, driving range, chipping area and practice putting green, and a nice little restaurant with a full bar attached to the golf course but he RV park clubhouse even though it looked nice really had very little other than a pool to offer.

 They had 1 pool table and a couple pieces of gym equipment just sat in a corner, enough to be able to advertise a gym I guess but not anything that was appealing at all. And no Pickleball at all in the area of Deer Park, the closest courts would be over a 20 mile drive LOL!! We had to toss that in.

Clubhouse

Clubhouse

Kitchen area in the clubhouse.

Kitchen area in the clubhouse.

You can see the gym equipment just dropped in the clubhouse but hey. they can advertise a gym I guess.

You can see the gym equipment just dropped in the clubhouse but hey. they can advertise a gym I guess.

 If you are an avid golfer it would be a great spot to hang out but it was a pretty busy coarse course during the mornings and we are hackers so we opted to not play and just spent a little time at the driving range even though the course became pretty open during the late afternoons and the evening rates dropped drastically which was appealing.

 The first few days at this stop were pretty mellow, we took a number of walks, did some bike riding in the surrounding neighborhoods, I washed the truck and coach, we hit some balls at the driving range and we drove into Spokane to visit Trader Joes and do some other putzing around and we took one day and drove to Nine Mile Falls to hike some of the Centennial Trail.

At the driving range

At the driving range

 There really are no falls at Nine Mile Falls any longer, it was replaced by the Nine Mile Dam in 1908 but the community is still called Nine Mile Falls that located about 9 miles outside of Spokane.

 After checking out the dam and the row of houses once occupied by workers we took off walking thinking we would get maybe a nice 5 or so mile’s in and even though it was a great well maintained trail this particular portion of the trail petered out and ended after just shy of 2 miles. We were glad we didn’t load up the bikes and bring them with thinking we would get a longer ride because we would have been disappointed, at least we got a little more exercise by walking it.

We were having a pretty good time over the first few days of our stay but Wednesday (8/8) it got much better, our friends Bob & Karen rolled in for a short visit and stayed the last 3 nights at the park with us and it’s always fun to see them.

Bob & Karen's rig. They JUST squeezed in LOL!!

Bob & Karen’s rig. They JUST squeezed in LOL!!

 We knew they were coming so we planned a Mexican chicken dinner so they wouldn’t have to cook on their travel day and to kick off our time together and took advantage of the time to plan our adventures together for the next 2 days which we knew would evolve around bike rides, something we all like to do.

 On Thursday we loaded the bikes and got an early start to the day (it was supposed to be close to 100 degrees and we wanted to get our ride in early) and drove into Spokane to ride some of the Spokane River Centennial trail.

Just a view from the trail

Just a view from the trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We found a (pay for) parking lot and ventured out for what ended up not being that long of a ride (just at 20 miles if I remember correctly) but it was a nice trail with some good scenery and of course being with friends made it even that much better.

While visiting Fort Spokane a few weeks ago we saw where the Cemetery was and read that most were relocated. It so happens this is where at least some brought.

While visiting Fort Spokane a few weeks ago we saw where the Cemetery was and read that most were relocated. It so happens this is where at least some brought.

 After our ride we found a little spot that we could order sandwiches and eat out on the patio (Bob & Karen brought their dog Buddy along) before making our way back to our rigs, loaded up and started towards home with a short stop at a outdoor type store to check it out.

Ok, I took 3 pictures here and in every one at least one person had a funny face of some sort (except Bob, Bob never takes a bad picture lucky SOB) so I will use the one with me having the bad facial expression so I don't get any guff LOL!!

Ok, I took 3 pictures here and in every one at least one person had a funny face of some sort (except Bob, Bob never takes a bad picture lucky SOB) so I will use the one with me having the bad facial expression so I don’t get any guff LOL!!

 When we returned home Bob & Karen realized that the AC in their new Class C wasn’t cutting the mustard keeping things cooled down against the 100 plus degree temps so Bob spent some Time toying with that little issue while Karen was smart enough to come over to or place and take advantage of the coolness in our rig until we all finally gathered outside for an evening of visiting.

 Friday we once again got an early start to the day to beat the heat and drove 50 miles to Coeur d’Alene Idaho to ride some of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alene bike trail.

Watching the Sea Plane take off

Watching the Sea Plane take off

Sea plane rides on the lake are common

Sea plane rides on the lake are common

 Again we rode roughly 20 miles before we finally made our way back to the rigs so we could head to the Daft Brewery to meet up with Dale & Ruth (another couple of friends and fulltime RVers we bump into now and again on the road) for a late lunch.

Diane , Bob and Karen way up front like normal.

Diane , Bob and Karen way up front like normal.

Bob & Diane

Bob & Diane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was great catching up with Dale & Ruth again and we all sat around at a outside patio table until I think we all started getting a little warm and, well, maybe just maybe our rumps were getting tired of the hard seats LOL!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After saying our see ya down the roads we all headed back to our homes. Another great day.

That brings us to Saturday and with it another travel day for us and Bob & Karen. So after a short visit in the morning and a stroll around the park we all lifted our jacks and headed off to our next destinations. As always it was great spending time with Bob & Karen and I’m sure we will see them down south this winter at some point.  

 Bob & Karen were headed to Lewiston Idaho to do a Jet Boat Excursion and we had a short 30 mile travel day to the Stoneridge Motor Coach Village in Blanchard Idaho.

 At the time of this update we have pretty much finished our stay at the Stoneridge Resort and just to get a jump on it let us say OH MY, what a great spot!! It’s a little far from any real towns but the resort is just the type of place we could hunker down at with just the outside setups we have always said we would want in a Home Base park with the outdoor living areas, sheds and covered patios with great mountain views and plenty of activities like golf, nice pools and hot tubs, a couple nice gym’s and yes Pickleball.

Our site facing the golf course.

Our site facing the golf course.

Our site

Our site

 But we will save all of that for our next update and we will say now that we will once again fall behind on the blog because we have decided to take a little side trip (well not little) and will be moving fast part way across the country and back to the west coast over a 2 ½ week period covering well over 3000 miles so we won’t have time to keep up on the blog I’m sure, but we will be back!!

This is the site behind us and just one of the more developed sites that we really like. This is far from the most elaborate but still very nice and something that we hope to do some day when we find the perfect home base.

This is the site behind us and just one of the more developed sites that we really like. This is far from the most elaborate but still very nice and something that we hope to do some day when we find the perfect home base.

 Any suspense built up on what might be going on??? If the answer is yes,,, good LOL!! Be assured that nothing is wrong and that this is a side trip we elected to do even though right now it almost seems crazy to some degree.

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Two Rivers Casino & Fort Spokane

 Tuesday (7/30) rolled around and it was time to roll away to a new location so at 9am we rolled away from the Chelan County Expo campground and headed 136 miles northeast to the Two Rivers Casino which is really located out in the middle of, well, not much. But it’s north of Davenport and just across the river from Fort Spokane on the Columbia River.

 Be sure your cupboards are full if you head this way but there is a fuel station located at the entrance to the casino that will work for big rigs.

 Thinking back I can’t really tell you why I picked this spot to stop at other than it was between where we were and where we are headed and we had never been here before and it was by water.

 Once we got checked in we were given a choice of two sites so after a little drive with the toad we picked the better of 2 somewhat tight spots. More tight length wise than anything, in fact because we had to back way over a concrete curb I couldn’t air down and just manually leveled with the jacks in fear that if I aired down we would hit the oil pan on that curb, which would ruin a day. And even by doing this we JUST fit in length wise, lucky enough we could park the truck alongside by the entry door or we would have had to find somewhere else to park it.

You can see us sticking out on the left but we are backed up as far as we can go.

You can see us sticking out on the left but we are backed up as far as we can go.

The view from our windshield

The view from our windshield

 It was more than obvious that this was a boater’s paradise and 90% of the people here either had boats or were here with people that had boats and the campground plan cleared out of almost all two legged creatures during the day because they were at the river.

 We were told by our neighbors that it’s a pretty quiet place during the week but very different animal during the weekend. Lucky for us we were only here for 4 nights and due to leave Saturday morning.

 During our stay we did a number of walk’s around the park and marina just taking in the sights.

And we took a road trip to Kettle Falls along the east side of the Columbia River and then came down the west side as far as Inchelium where we took a small ferry back across the river and continued home.

 We also drove up to a place called Seven Bays and man there were a lot of properties for sale that would allow for RV living as well as plenty of room for outbuilding and made if not most had a good too great water view. The only problem is unless you are a boater there wouldn’t be much to do plus it’s out away from any towns far enough to detour us but it was interesting to look.

 About the only other thing we did during our short 4 day stay other than shooting the bull with other RVers was to visit Fort Spokane where we took in the small museum and walked the grounds checking out what building were still standing and stood in front of information signs trying to imagine what WOULD have been standing in front of us if they were still standing, (we have done a bunch of that imagining over the years).

 

 

 

 

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Fort Spokane was a U.S. Army frontier outpost located at the confluence of the Columbia and Spokane rivers and was used to separate the Colville and Spokane tribes on their reservations from the newly established city of Spokane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fort was last used in 1929 and was later incorporated into the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

That's Diane down there thinking she wore the wrong shoes for this hike. It was a lot steeper than it looks in this picture.

That’s Diane down there thinking she wore the wrong shoes for this hike. It was a lot steeper than it looks in this picture.

 Here is a link to some pretty good history about the place if you care to take a look. http://www.spokanehistorical.org/items/show/354?tour=7&index=0

  Ok, lets sum up our short stay, even though we had a somewhat tight site there are some really nice ones scattered around but after talking with RVers in some of those spots we found that they have been coming there for years and most if not all of the great big water view lots are filled with others that have been going there for years as well so not much of a chance ever getting one of them.

A huge site!!

A huge site!!

What a great site with a water view.

What a great site with a water view.

 There are lots of tree’s in the park which is great and we were lucky enough to have a site we could get satellite in with our front dish but I would guess that in well over 50% of the sights it would have been a no go.

 Internet was all but useless and what we could get was so slow it was painful to use so if you rely on being connected, forget about it.

 If you are a water person and have a boat then this would be a good spot for you but if you’re not pater people like us you will need to enjoy kicking back and taking short walks OR be prepared to drive for any activities.

Another perfect spot

Another perfect spot

 We enjoyed our stay enough to be glad we stopped in but we could have been very happy with just 3 days instead of 4 before moving on.

 Speaking on moving on that just what we did when Saturday (8/4) rolled around. We lifted our jacks and made a move 65 miles east to the Spokane RV & Golf Resort in Deer Park Washington about 25 miles straight north of Spokane where we spent a week, but of course that will be in our next update but we had a great time especially hooking up with friends from the road.

 Hey, we are finally only a week behind on the blog!!! We are catching up LOL!!         

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Hooking up with long lost friends and a visit to Leavenworth Washington

Sunday (7/28) we had some big plans in store, something that has been in the making for weeks, actually months!!

We had plans to meet with Diane’s old (and I use that term loosely) roommate and her husband that she hasn’t seen in 40 years!!!

Diane , Larry & Paula

Diane , Larry & Paula

We arrived in Leavenworth a little ahead of them so when they arrived they called and we arranged a spot to meet. It was pretty funny because we were still a block apart and Diane said, there they are and started waving  and Paula (the long lost roommate) and Larry (the long lost roommates husband who Diane knew from back then also) started waving back so they all recognized each other from way back then.

Diane & Paula

Diane & Paula

From my aspect it was fun to watch because they hugged and started talking almost like no time had lapsed between meetings, in fact within minutes they were calling each other names without any fear of insulting each other, something that only good friends can do.

Paula, me & Diane

Paula, me & Diane

We stood in the middle of the sidewalk talking for a short while before making our way to a coffee shop where we all grabbed something to drink and sat for probably close to an hour while they started catching up and I of course got to know them a little, a more about Diane’s crazy younger years LOL!! Oh boy, if only I had known LOL!!

Ok, I will probably pay for tis comment but I had to chuckle inside listening to both of then tell each other that they haven’t changed and still look the same, and that the only thing they both noticed about the other is that their voices changed LOL!!! Come on ladies, even though you both may still be hot it’s been 40 years LOL!!! I knew right then that they were great friends.

From the coffee shop we walked the streets of Leavenworth for a while as the girls popped in and out of a few shops and Larry and I mainly stood outside yacking and people watching.

It wasn’t long and someone had the idea that lunch and a beer sounded good so we made our way to the Munchen Haus where the main dishes are Bavarian Sausages, Brats, pretzels and beer. That’s a good menu!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once again we all sat enjoying the reunion, eating good food and drinking beer (well no beer for me, I’m still on the wagon for the most part) until our asses couldn’t take any more sitting on the hard benches.

From Munchen House we made our way to a grassy area in the park (after a stop at the ice-cream shop) where we all plopped down and stretched out for who knows how long until we all finally started strolling through town towards our cars where a bunch of hugs were exchanged and promises of not waiting another 40 years to meet again were made. Hmm, I’m thinking at our ages not waiting another 40 years might be a good plan LOL!!

What do they see up there?

What do they see up there?

It was a great day for Diane and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I might. You know how it can be being the third wheel around a bunch of people that already have a past, especially when catching up is involved. But Paula and Larry were both great people and easy to talk with and get to know so I had a fun time as well and we are both looking forward to our next meeting.

In fact Larry and Paula mentioned that maybe they would go down to Arizona this coming winter to spend a few days with us and if we make it to the New England states next summer they would love to meet there as well, time will tell.

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Monday (7/29) was our last scheduled day in the area and we had a couple options in mind how to spend it, one being to head to the Apple Capital Loop Trail to ride the 10 mile loop and the other was to drive back into Leavenworth to hike the 2 mile Blackbird Island Trail that is located basically on the waterfront a short distance from downtown. And because we didn’t really go to Leavenworth the prior day to see the town we could experience it a little more after the short hike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well because it was supposed to be another hot day we decided to skip the bike ride and to head back into Leavenworth for the hike and touring which turned out to be a fine choice and a nice mellow finish to our visit to the area.

If this tree was on our land we would make great plant holders out of it.

If this tree was on our land we would make great plant holders out of it.

The Bavarian style themed Leavenworth only has a population of around 2000 but because of its touristy atmosphere it draws a bunch of people and the downtown street are a happening place.

Hmm, that's fresh enough for us.

Hmm, that’s fresh enough for us.

Hmm, they didn't have a sign like this at the other end of the trail where we started.

Hmm, they didn’t have a sign like this at the other end of the trail where we started.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Between the short hike and touring town we managed to fill another day and by mid-afternoon we were ready to have a late lunch at the Baren Haus before heading home.

Oh, Diane had read on a review somewhere that a restaurant in Leavenworth had the best Reuben sandwich that someone had ever had but after sitting on a bench trying to find that info again we failed and took a chance that the Baren Haus might be the spot, well it wasn’t LOL!!!

That finishes up on our stay in Leavenworth, Tuesday (7/30) was going to be another travel day.

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Icicle Gorge Trail hike

 Saturday morning (7/28) we wanted to get a little earlier start to the day than normal (for us) because we knew it was going to be another hot day so we were loaded up and head out about 8 headed the to the Icicle Gorge Trail a few miles outside of Leavenworth and 27 miles from our campsite.

 Most of the drive was paved but about the last 5 miles were gravel road, mostly ok gravel road with some wash-boarding but ok none the less.

 Once we reached the trailhead parking lot there were only about 4 other cars there so we were pretty sure we would have a nice peaceful hike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trail is a 4.5 mile loop that runs on both banks of the Icicle River with very little elevation gain which was great in my book, no grunting up a hill today.

 We pretty much flipped a coin to decide which way to start the hike but ended up just choosing the entrance that was closest to the truck.

 As we were still standing at the kiosk trying to figure out the trail map a guy came walking buy so we tossed out a hello and ask how the trail was to which we stated that he made a few wrong turns along the way and suggested that we don’t try to cross the river and then just walked away. We couldn’t help notice that he was pretty wet so we studied the map a bit more, took a picture of it and started on our way wondering when the questionable turns would pop up.

 Not long after starting the hike we came to a bridge cross that took us over the roaring waters that generated a cool breeze so we took a minute and just enjoyed the moment.

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Once we completed the loop and returned to the parking area we found it to be plum full to the gill’s so we jumped in the truck and drove down the road until we had a nice view of the river and ate our sacked lunch before moving on.

 We fully intended to stop in Leavenworth to stroll around but as we drove through the place was crazy with people and after a short drive around without finding a single parking spot open we decided to wait until the following day when we had plans to meet up with a special someone in town anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our way home we stopped in at 2 different Farmers Markets to nose around and pick up a melon and some ginger before heading home to call it a day. And a pretty good day it was.

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Aplets & Cotlets tour and a visit to Ohme Gardens, and Pybus Market

Friday (7/27) after a good night’s sleep and a leisurely start to the day we jumped in the truck and headed to the Aplets and Cotlets Candy Store and Factory for a tour.

We were amazed at just how small an operation Aplets and Cotlets was knowing that they ship product all over the world. I guess we were expecting a huge place with tons of employee’s instead of a handful of town folk making and packaging product mainly by hand.

*** In the early 1900’s, two young Armenian immigrants became friends and headed to Cashmere with hopes of a successful business venture. They bought an apple farm, Liberty Orchards, and quickly began looking for new ways for their surplus fruit to not go to waste.

 

 

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Thus, began the apple dehydration, and a new business of Northwest Evaporating. Soon after came Wenatchee Valley Foods, a cannery where jam was made from apples and plums.

The cannery took off and was the main business in the 1930’s and 40’s. But when they still had more surplus food- they came up with another winning idea. They wanted to make ‘Rahat Locoum’ which is a candy popular in the East. This is what we now know as, Aplets ® (apples and walnuts.) Cotlets ® soon followed, made from apricots and walnuts.

Sadly, Armen and Mark passed away in 1952 and 1956 and they would never know the great success they became after the 1962 Century 21 World’s Fair. The fair was held in Seattle, and the new owners, John Chakirian and Dick Odabashian, made sure that the product was up for show. Which of course, was a hit.****

After our tour we walked around the nicely done candy shop attached to the factory scarfing up free samples and tossing a few bags of goodies in a basket along the way.

 

After we finished our tour we jumped in the truck and headed towards the Ohme Gardens on the edge of Wenatchee to have a look see.

The description on Trip Advisor said, 1 mile of natural stone paths amid hillside gardens, pools & woods with great views of the surrounding areas, so we figured why not.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Normally the thought of strolling through a garden wouldn’t appeal to me but the story behind this spot caught my attention and Diane is always up for a walk in a garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On this one I think we will share a link to a great story about how this place came about for you to check out instead of writing about it. It’s worth a read. Here is the link. https://www.ohmegardens.org/thegardens/pages/the-start-of-ohme-gardens

 

 

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Once we paid we were given a map of the trail system and we ended up walking every single inch of every single trail on our visit and had fun doing it.

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Diane , Diane,,, that’s a tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We would recommend a visit if you find yourself in the area with a couple hours to kill in a peaceful, mellow way. Heck, bring along a picnic!!

From Ohme Gardens we headed to the Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee that was rated pretty high on the Trip Advisor app “something we look at every single time we land in a new area and before we even go most times”.

Part of what drew us in was the mentioning of a Farmers Market but I think it might be mainly on the weekends and we went mid-week but the place is really a Farmers Market inside 362 days a year so it didn’t really matter.

The football field sized building itself is pretty cool, it was scrapped twice but now houses a number of year round tenants selling everything from baked goods, fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood’s, cheese, wines, beer, nuts, flowers oils and vinegars and sweets.

Once again our cupboards and refer were still filled to the gill’s so we didn’t buy anything but there are a number of sit-down restaurants and took advantage of one during our visit before leaving.

After the market we waked to a 10 mile paved trail called the Apple Capital Loop Trail that is passes right next to it to go for a walk along the river.

Reading about the trail it says ***  The Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail circles the Columbia River at Wenatchee with 10 miles of excellent asphalt trail and lots to see and do. On the Wenatchee side the trail runs through four fine riverfront parks: Wenatchee Riverfront Park (sculpture garden, narrow gauge railroad, boat launch and docks), Walla Walla Point Park (sports fields, open space, swimming lagoon), the Horan Nature Area (wetlands) and the Wenatchee Confluence State Park (camping, swimming, picnic areas) to cross the river on the Odabashian Bridge (US 2).

 

The East Wenatchee side is wilder. The trail runs along the bluffs, crossing ravines on tight hairpin turns and short 6% grades. Here there are two trailheads: 27th St and 19th St. The 19th St. trailhead at the Porter’s Pond Nature Area has full services, including an air station for bike tires. Ahead is Jude’s Oasis and a dramatic bike/pedestrian/utility bridge that will return you to the Wenatchee side and Riverfront Park. Once you ride the loop, you will want to go around again. It’s a fun ride on both sides of the Columbia. **

By the time we got to the trail it was getting pretty darn warm so we ended up walking maybe 2 miles before retreating to the truck and blasting the AC on high with the cooling seats taking care of the areas the AC was not hitting LOL!!

During our walk we did stroll through area called the Art on the Avenues that was pretty neat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We put returning with our bikes to ride the entire trail on our list of things to do if we found time during our stay but it just didn’t happen. Only staying for 5 days and having every day lined out with events time just got away from us. Even though we probably could have squeezed it in with temps ranging in the 100 degree range it was easy to skip it. That’s just too darn hot for us.

Before heading home and calling it a day we did make a stop at the Wala Wala Point Park and took another walk before calling it a day. On the way home we stopped to pick up a watermelon for dinner, with the heat that’s about all that sounded good.

I only took this picture because this is the type of court I used to play handball on 40 years ago and you just don't see many around.

I only took this picture because this is the type of court I used to play handball on 40 years ago and you just don’t see many around.

Saturday we had plans to hike the Icicle Gorge Trail so come on back to check that out.

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Time to make a move towards Levenworth Washington

Thursday (7/26) rolled around and it was time to make a move after our 2 week stay at the Evergreen Coho Escapee Park, a move I wasn’t particularly looking forward to because I knew it was going to take us through the Tacoma / Federal Way Washington area just below Seattle and all of the mayhem that would come along with it traffic wise, and it did not disappoint.

Ok, everyone has their own stories about horrible traffic, some people deal with it every day and those of you that have followed our blog for any time at all know how I feel about big cities and how little use we have for them so I won’t go into a huge rant about how it took us 6 hours to travel 220 miles and a good chunk of that time was rolling at about 5mph in traffic.

There, that’s me sparing you from my ranting, you’re welcome LOL!!!

After our 6 hour travel day we pulled into our new home for the next 5 nights at the Chelan County Expo Center in Cashmere Washington just a few miles east of Leavenworth Washington and a few miles west of Wenatchee.

And dang, after spending the last 5 weeks pretty much along the coast or at least in a area with mild and comfortable temperatures we had an eye opener when we stepped out of the coach in Cashmere, it was darn hot and close to 100 degree’s!! Ok, I screwed up on our route this summer LOL!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After getting settled in we jumped in the truck and did our normal driving tour of the immediate area which pretty much meant the entire town of Cashmere.

With a population of just over 3100 it doesn’t cover much area but for the most part it was a nice clean little town.

From our driving tour we decided we would tour the Aplet and Cotlets factory and visit the Ohme Gardens on Friday.

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Finishing up our stay in the Sequim area.

 This will be our final update about our 2 week stay in the Sequim.

On our last full day we drove into Sequim to attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the new Pickleball courts (even though they had been open to play during our stay).

 We might not have gone except “Barney McCallum” the last remaining live (of 3) creators of the game was going to be present and we just couldn’t resist an opportunity to meet and listen to him talk about the game.

 I would guess that about 100 people or more showed up for the event and Barney was kind enough to sign our paddles.

 After a few city officials and members of the Pickleball club said a few words Barney told the story of how he and two of his friends, Congressman Joel Pritchard and Bill Bell, came up with the game one afternoon in 1965 on Bainbridge Island Washington.

 Barney was 92 years old at the time of this event and he stopped playing the game at age 85 but obviously still has a passion and love for the game.

 Ok, let’s sum up our stay in the Sequim area. We found the Evergreen Coho Escapee Park to be a very friendly and well-kept park that we would return to in the future for stay’s up to a month but probably wouldn’t buy into because of the lack of physical activities. Not that that our feelings wouldn’t change in future years.

 We did enjoy the town of Sequim and the variety of things to do in the area. Hiking, bike trails, Pickleball, the small surrounding communities that each offered something of interest, boating (if your into that, we don’t boat but love the scenery that the marina’s create), farmers markets and the larger retail shopping nearby for any needs you may have and the weather patterns.

 We liked the area well enough that we even stopped in at a realtor’s office to get a feel of what land might be going for that would allow for a couple RV pads and maybe some type of RV barn. Nothing serious yet but just information to keep in the back of our minds for the future. Sequim is certainly towards the top of a list of places we would consider hanging out for longer stretches during summer months at some point in the future.

 But for now we just put our name on a list at the Escapee Park for a site next year for the month of August in case we decide not to head to Maine next summer like we hinted at a few updates ago.

 Oh, one other fun thing, we came home one day and saw a great looking New Horizons 5th wheel parked just 3 sites down from us. If you have read our blog long you might know that we have always said that if and when the time came that we felt the desire to slow down our traveling (no stop but start staying in spots for longer periods at a time) we would switch to a 5th wheel and New Horizons is one of the two brands we would consider if that happened.

 Because New Horizons is a build as they sell em, buy direct from the factory kind of outfit you can’t just go to a dealer and look at them because well, there are no dealers.

 You might remember that we did tour the factory in Kansas last year but there really wasn’t anything sitting around finished to look at so when we saw one sitting just down from us it was a no brainer to slap a note on the windshield of their truck asking if we could pick their brains about their unit.

 Dave and Cindy we kind enough to oblige and gave us a tour of the inside and Dave showed me everything outside and answered all of our questions.

 Not only did we get a chance to see their home (they have been fulltime for about 2 years) but they are such nice people that we hope to stay in contact and run into them again in the future, whether we become New Horizon owners or not. In fact Cindy has friended us on Facebook so I bet the odds are pretty good!!

Ok, that’s it for now, Thursday (7/26) we lifted our jacks and made another move, this time 230 miles east to the Chelan County Expo Center in Cashmere Washington just a few miles east of Leavenworth Washington where we spent just 5 nights but stayed very busy every day. AND Diane had an extra special treat happen so be sure to stop back in to hear about that!!    

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