Hiking Gold Hill Trail #3, Sandpoint Idaho

Hiking Gold Hill Trail #3, Sandpoint Idaho

Captain Ron is a favorite movie of mine and my family’s – we’ve probably watched it 100 times – or at lease I have! It has one of my most favorite movie lines with Mary Kay Place’s character saying to Martin Short’s character “we’ll be spontaneous when we have time.”

The Grand Coulee Dam Tour, Grand Coulee Washington

The Grand Coulee Dam Tour, Grand Coulee Washington

While preparing for my trip to Washington State I purposely plotted my route home to pass by the Grand Coulee Dam with hopes of taking a tour. I love taking dam tours for some reason.  Perhaps it is because I am impressed by something that can hold back so much … Continue reading

Caught drinking beer at school! The Old Schoolhouse Brewery in Winthrop Washington

Caught drinking beer at school!  The Old Schoolhouse Brewery in Winthrop Washington

I was never that adventurous while I was still in school to be caught drinking beer… but as an adult I have no problem being caught drinking beer at school.  Although this particular school doesn’t have children in it anymore and has been converted into a brewery so it’s less … Continue reading

A Small Town with a Big Parade:The 49’er Days Parade, Winthrop Washington

A Small Town with a Big Parade:The 49’er Days Parade, Winthrop Washington

The irony behind my trip to Winthrop was that it was the entire purpose of my trip to Washington state. It was planned as a overnight trip but morphed in to a three day adventure. As usual I started with something small and blew the trip out into multiple days … Continue reading

Columbia Valley Brewing, Wenatchee Washington

Columbia Valley Brewing, Wenatchee Washington

Although Leavenworth does have hotels I found it to be much more economical to stay in Wenatchee Washington. That and Columbia Valley Brewing in Wenatchee was not to be missed while we were in the area.

Munchen Haus, Leavenworth Washington

Munchen Haus, Leavenworth Washington

My last stop in Leavenworth was the Munchen Haus. The Munchen Haus is a fun outdoor restaurant/ beer garden filled with delightful German foods. Best of all it was dog friendly. Boomer was being so spoiled this day as he went almost everywhere with me.

Icicle Brewing Company, Leavenworth Washington

Icicle Brewing Company, Leavenworth Washington

No trip to a Bavarian village would be complete without a stop at a brewery… Located on the east side of town, Icicle Brewing Company would be Boomer and my next stop. I wondered around the town until an acceptable drinking hour (although I was on vacation – any time … Continue reading

The Nutcracker Museum, Leavenworth Washington

The Nutcracker Museum,  Leavenworth Washington

How do you know you may have a slight collecting problem? You have about 6000 nutcrackers and you are searching for more. Here inside The Nutcracker Museum I found just that – a collector who loves nutcrackers and was on the hunt for more in Europe.

Studio 1890 Old Tyme Photos Leavenworth Washington

Studio 1890 Old Tyme Photos Leavenworth Washington

While researching for the trip to Leavenworth I found a few old tyme photo shops. But when in a Bavarian village, why not get a Bavarian old tyme photo taken? While setting up the appointment I double checked with the shopkeeper that dogs were allowed in to the studio. Although … Continue reading

Downtown and The Waterfront Park, Leavenworth Washington

Downtown and The Waterfront Park,  Leavenworth Washington

The morning started out with a quick winding drive up into the mountains to Leavenworth Washington. Not to be mistaken with the German Alps, although pulling into town and seeing this Bavarian theme village with the towering high snow capped alpine mountains you may be questioning just where you are.