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  • Day9

    Shopping, lunch and shopping!

    August 18, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    A little cooler day, high 90s, maybe it hit one hundred... but this works out well for shopping! All shops were air conditioned, so we always had a cool respite as we "shopped!"

    Almost all visitors were pretty good about masks, and the stores had tables set up with hand sanitary stations right at the entrance. With signs suggesting you only pick up items that you were interested in buying...

    Leavenworth is a Bavarian themed small town, kind of in the heart of fruit trees, vines, and craft breweries, at the base of the Cascades. Lots of shops, clothing, home accessories, women's boutiques, sporting goods, pretzels, candy, bakeries, bratwurst, cheese shops....and all with air conditioning. Even in "bavaria town" we ended up with pizza for lunch, because frankly, the outdoor seating was in the shade! But I did forego the pepperoni for sausage out of deference for the theme!

    The guys were patient, once we found the ice cream shop and a shady park bench. Spent the day hiking through the shops, and then finished the day with BBQ steaks riverside!
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  • Day10

    One long drive to Ranier

    August 19, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 73 °F

    Let's see....interstate or scenic County highway? I will always default to the backroads, but boy, was it a long day! It does not help adding grocery shopping in the morning, and then a "quick" stop at a local fruit stand, which happened to have a gift and quilt shop adjacent. Loved this quilt shop! No fabric, but bought a couple of patterns. With groceries, and fresh fruit in hand we finally started driving about noon!

    It was a pretty drive, that challenged our nav skills...lots of twists and turns, through forests, rivers, orchards, road construction, detours, Seattle/Tacoma suburb rush hour traffic, and final destination outside of the national park for Mt. Ranier by 7:30 p.m. or so! But we survived, not sure Hardings will agree to avoid the interstate next time it comes up! Taco 🥗 and bed!
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    Lynn Heintz

    Luckily, the more north you go the later Sunset is!


    The traffic around Seattle & Tacoma has really deteriorated- tons of traffic!


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