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  • Day42

    Leavenworth

    May 21, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Wow, welch Überraschung.....mitten in den USA in den Cascadian Mountains ein stilechtes Bayrisches Dorf, sogar der Starbucks und Subway waren im Look bayrischer Häuser (zumindest so wie die Amis es annehmen). Wir sind überwältigt und lassen lieber die Bilder sprechen.....nur soviel: Die Amis sind verrückt :-)Read more

    Pascale Haefeli

    haha gits gar nid!!

    5/26/15Reply
    Pascale Haefeli

    Hui Michi gabs da auch die feinen "Weisswurstel"?

    5/26/15Reply
    Heidi Schmidt

    Hihihi passt doch Bärnermeitschi und Lederhosnnjunge

    5/26/15Reply
     
  • Day42

    Wo sind wir denn gelandet?

    July 2, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Gestern sind wir wieder den größten Teil des Tages gefahren. Unser nächster Stopp ist im Wenatchee National Forest. Dieser Stopp kam auch erst später hinzu, weil wir nicht nach Kanada konnten. Und nun nutzen wir die Zeit hier, um mal "nichts" zu tun - keine langen Wanderungen, keine Visitor Center, keine Museen.
    Den Vormittag haben wir heute auf dem Campingplatz verbracht. Der ist in vier Teile geteilt und unser Teil liegt gegenüber den anderen drein etwas abgetrennt. Er ist klein und auch wenn jetzt langsam voll (es ist Feiertagswochenende), merkt man davon nichts. Also Wäsche waschen, Postkarten schreiben, mit der Familie quatschen, die Hängematte aufhängen usw. Und das alles nach einem ausgiebigen und langen Frühstück.
    Und dann waren wir gestern auf der Fahrt hierher kurzzeitig total verwundert und dachten, wir wären falsch abgebogen, weil wir plötzlich in Bayern gelandet zu sein schienen. Natürlich mussten wir uns das Städtchen Leavenworth dann heute etwas genauer ansehen. So richtig touristisch. Das muss auch mal sein.
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    Katharina Hohmann

    Na der ist aber ein wenig übertrieben 😂

    7/13/21Reply
    Katharina Hohmann

    Alles klar

    7/13/21Reply
     
  • Day88

    Day 88 Ends @ the Nutcracker Museum

    July 29, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 95 °F

    After our delicious lunch, we walked a few steps up from the restaurant to visit the Nutcracker Museum.

    This is a boutique museum that was founded in 1995 by the Wagners, who donated not only their collection of nutcrackers, but also the building in which the museum is housed. Over the years, the collection has grown to some 7,000+ nutcrackers.

    After paying the admission,, we were directed to a small room where we watched a video that explained the process of making the “toy soldier nutcrackers” … the ones inspired by the Nutcracker Ballet. I’ve seen these types of nutcrackers, and even had a couple. But I had no idea how they were made … quite interesting to see how they are put together.

    Then we wandered the aisles between glass enclosed cabinets with shelves filled with all kinds of nutcrackers … from all around the world … in all shapes and sizes … from individual pieces to collections based on ballets, movies and TV shows, festival and special events, and more … using different methods to crack nuts, from direct or indirect pressure, to screw, and percussion.

    It turned out to be a fascinating place to visit and I am glad we took the time to do so.
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    mohotravels

    curious if there are any similar museums in Germany, or in the world.

    8/18/21Reply
    Two to Travel

    I actually looked into that ... there are a couple of much smaller ones in the US ... and one in Germany, but none seem to have a collection this big. Even the one in Germany is only 5,000 pieces.

    8/18/21Reply
    mohotravels

    that is rather incredible.

    8/18/21Reply
    www.ravenandchickadee.com

    A nutcracker museum, LOL!! The nutcrackers of Queen Elizabeth and the Beatles are perfect!!

    8/21/21Reply
     
  • Day91

    Day 91 Ends w/One Last Schnitzel

    August 1, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    Woke up to cooler temps on this last day in Leavenworth … higher humidity … what looked like rain mist, but was actually smoke haze … and an unhealthy air quality index.

    Since my throat was already scratchy from all the smoke, we decided to bag the stroll we’d planned at the riverfront park and stayed home instead. Shortly before 11:00a, we hopped in the car to go into town for one last schnitzel at Andreas Keller before our departure tomorrow.

    On the way, we stopped at a couple of hotel/resort properties that had some nice murals I wanted to photograph. We arrived at the restaurant just five minutes before the restaurant opened … two couples ahead of us … minutes later, the line behind us reaching up the stairs.

    The hostess accommodated our request to be seated in one of the barrel booths … in fact, she put us in the same one we had the first time we were there. This time, Mui joined me in ordering a Helles, a light lager. I once again ordered the classic schnitzel, but Mui opted for the Schnitzel Cordon Bleu … which was stuffed with smoked pork and Swiss cheese … topped with a creamy sauce … the side was spaetzle instead of German potato salad. All delicious.

    Instead of dessert at Andreas Keller, we walked across the street for one last cone from Whistlepunk … we both got the Blackberry Fool flavor (blackberry sorbet folded into vanilla), agreeing that it was the best.

    On the way home, we made a quick stop at Safeway to pick up some Cosmic Crisp apples … first grown by Washington State University … the dream apple with the perfect flavor and texture balance. We agree with that description. We now have enough to last us through the end of our road trip.

    Both the Cruiser and toad have arrived in the Port of Tacoma. Tomorrow we leave Leavenworth to be reunited with our vehicles.
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    mohotravels

    I havent seen that apple in the stores. your meal and dessert sound delicious

    8/18/21Reply
    Two to Travel

    I was searching the web yesterday. Supposedly Costco, King Soopers, and a few others carry them in Colorado. Also Fred Meyer ... which we don't have here. But we have not seen them in any stores. Maybe we'll order online next year.

    8/18/21Reply
    mohotravels

    yay. I'll check Freddy's here, but maybe only in Washington

    8/18/21Reply
     
  • Day88

    Quiet Morn & Lunch @ Andreas Keller

    July 29, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 93 °F

    With our restaurant of choice opening early for lunch, we decided to have a quiet morning at home, go out for our meal, and then visit a museum today.

    The plan turned out to be perfect because the temperature this morning was comfortable enough to have breakfast on the patio again. And afterwards, I continued sitting out — reading and writing — until it was time to get ready for an early lunch. By then, the temp was heating up anyway, so it was time to go inside.

    The restaurant we went to for lunch was Andreas Keller, which boasts traditional, homemade Bavarian food prepared by a German chef. We’d heard that it was popular, so we arrived a few minutes before they opened the doors at 11:30a. By the time our meal was served, all the tables were occupied, including the “stammtisch” … a table often found in small German village restaurants … reserved for the owner and his guest.

    Seated in a booth that looked like it was set inside a barrel, we enjoyed the Bavarian ambiance, the murals, and the excellent food and service. I must say that the schnitzel was one of the best I’ve had outside of Germany.

    We will be returning for another meal before we leave Leavenworth.

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    For those interested in such things, Mui and I both ordered the Classic Pork Wiener Schnitzel, served with lemon wedges and cold German potato salad (made with vinegar instead of mayonnaise) … though I did order a side of the mushroom sauce for dipping. I had a Helles — a light lager — to wash down my food. Mui ordered a glass of Gewürztraminer, a white wine. I’m not much for pies and strudels, so Mui enjoyed the apple strudel all on his own. (Not that I went without a sweet treat … I got myself ice cream from Whistlepunk. Blackberry Fool was my flavor of choice … and the best one of the three I’ve had.
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  • Day88

    Jumping Ahead … We’re Safe

    July 29, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    (Posted before I caught up to this point in our trip on 11 August.)

    I’ve fallen behind on the footprints for our Alaska road trip, so I wanted to just post a quickie to let everyone who’s reading know that we left Alaska on the 26th … just two days before the 8.2 quake that shook the state and triggered tsunami alerts.

    We were grateful to read this morning that there was neither loss of life nor any serious damage from the quake that had its epicenter 50 miles from the Alaskan Peninsula … off the Aleutians … at a depth of 20 miles. From what I understand, it originated in the same subduction zone that triggered the 9.4 earthquake of Good Friday in 1964.

    As you can tell from the image below, Alaska is no stranger to earthquakes, but an 8.2 is one that makes one stand up and take notice.
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    mohotravels

    glad I knew you were back in Washington state when this hit or I might have worried.

    7/29/21Reply
    Two to Travel

    Because I posted from Leavenworth yesterday, I wasn’t worried about FB friends, so just posted in FP.

    7/29/21Reply
    mohotravels

    yes, I figured that was the case.

    7/29/21Reply
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  • Day89

    Day 89 Ends @ Sleeping Lady Mtn Resort

    July 30, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 91 °F

    It sounds funny to write that our day ended @ Sleeping Lady Mountain Lodge, a resort at the end of Icicle Road. But that’s mostly because I know that we were home by 11:00a. It was just too darn hot to wander around.

    When we asked at the VC for suggestions around the area for early morning strolls, this was the place recommended. “They have nice grounds and sculptures,” we were told. Since it was just up the road from where we are staying, we decided to go there this morning.

    Turns out there are only four or five sculptures … one of which is in the center of a grouping of occupied cabins … we skipped that one. The meandering trail around the grounds was mostly shaded, which was a good thing as the temp quickly rose from the 63F we woke up to @ 7:00a.

    After checking out all the sculptures, we wandered into the organic garden to see the plants and colorful flowers. Then, we went to O’Grady’s Pantry & Mercantile for breakfast. Approaching from the front, we had no idea they had a lovely patio where we could have eaten our breakfast. When I checked later, all the tables in the shade were taken and the food was being served in to-go boxes (due to lack of kitchen help). So, in hindsight, it didn’t matter that we ordered our food to-go.

    It took nearly 45 minutes for our food to be ready … darn that is long. On our way to the car, we came across a couple of picnic tables around the side of the Mercantile … and they were in the shade. So instead of taking our order back to Lily House, we ate there. I ordered the biscuits and gravy … a modern take using Italian sausage and Mui got the Madame Cristo … a blend of Monte Cristo and Croque Madame. Delicious … definitely worth the wait.

    Before going back to our place, we took a short drive along Icicle Creek. The parking spots were all packed, so no place to stop and enjoy the scenery. The smoke-haze wasn’t pleasant in the canyon anyway, so we didn’t dally.

    We spent the rest of the day at Lily House. Watched a couple of shows … Mui napped … I read a bit and wrote a bit. Before we knew it, dinner time was upon us. A couple of frozen entrees did the trick for us tonight.
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    mohotravels

    the sculptures may have been few, but they were lovely.

    8/18/21Reply
    www.ravenandchickadee.com

    I like the two ravens!

    8/21/21Reply
    Two to Travel

    Hmmmm … I wonder why?😄

    8/21/21Reply
    www.ravenandchickadee.com

    😁

    8/22/21Reply
     
  • Day86

    Day 86 Ends @ Lily House

    July 27, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

    Who knew that Leavenworth was such a popular place to visit!

    When we decided to spend our time waiting for the Cruiser and toad to arrive in Tacoma, we figured that we’d easily find a place to rent for a week or so. And being in the mountains, it would be nice and cool. Yeah, right!

    Not only did we find that small properties are at a premium, but they are also expensive. But we persevered and eventually found the Lily House, about 1.5 miles from the hubbub of downtown. A walkable distance, but with the three-digit temps forecasted for much of our time here, I think we’ll be driving into town instead.

    The small cottage is on a side road where there are only a few houses, one of them belonging to our landlord. Nice and quiet … in a wooded residential area. It’s a studio with a bedroom/sitting area that can be closed off from the kitchenette with barn doors. The facilities are pristine and modern. There is a nice sitting area outside with a long cover to provide shade (and probably protection from the elements in the winter).

    The kitchenette has the basics, but no range or oven. Which is fine since Mui wanted a break from cooking. The plan is to have breakfast here, lunch in town, and wine and snacks for dinner here. We’ve provisioned accordingly.

    We’ve settled in for our stay … had our wine and snacks for tonight … and I am about to sit out n the patio to read a bit before bedtime.
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    www.ravenandchickadee.com

    It looks like a very sweet place!

    8/21/21Reply
     
  • Day6

    Day 2 Fun Afternoon in Skykomish

    June 10, 2021 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    Since it was a fairly short day of riding we explored the small railroad mining town of Skykomish. This included and epic ride on a miniature electric rail with a mile and a half of track. We are all just big kids!Read more

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