The in-laws gifted us with a two-night stay in Leavenworth, Washington, the Bavarian city located just a few hours east of Seattle. We decided to take the trip for future-hubb's birthday a couple of weeks ago. Here are the highlights and snapshots from the trip. If you haven't been, it's a pretty spectacular place. It's sort of like going to Germany, without having to sit on a plane for 10 + hours.
The drive began with a light rain, and continually got more interesting as we drove through the pass. There are two primary routes - over Stevens Pass on "the 2" (apparently the "the __" is a California thing, but I like the simple phrasing) or through Snoqualmie Pass on "the 90". Luckily we chose the latter, as it's much milder drive on a fair-weather day. And the only open route on a less-than-stellar weather day. The 2 was closed about two hours after we left, so thank goodness for our planning. After driving through the snow up to the pass, traffic on the 90 was reduced to going about 20 miles/hour in heavy snow. It took us nearly 5 hours to get there, leaving around lunchtime.
|He looks intimidated by the size of that pretzel.|
We greeted the morning with mimosas and waffles, and set off to do some shopping and exploring. It turns out we're terrible consumers - we didn't want to buy anything (do we need this? no.) But we did eat lots of good Bavarian food.