Two-Day Road Trip to Leavenworth, Chapter Seven

Even though we were really tired the night before, we both woke up at 7 a.m. I am definitely not a morning person, but got up so that we wouldn’t feel rushed on the road. We got mostly packed up, and then went into the motel’s dining area for breakfast. We were really impressed with the variety of breakfast items. Make your own pancakes and waffles, eggs, cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, muffins, doughnuts, bread for toast, and bacon and sausage. We didn’t eat a lot, but what we had was good. The room wasn’t crowded, and we wore our masks except for when we were eating. Pau eating, we went ahead and checked out on the way back to our room.

We finished packing up, checked the room and bathroom, and headed out to the car. Unfortunately, I didn’t check under the folded-back bedspread like I should have, and didn’t see the lovely pashmina wrap that a friend had loaned me. When we got home, I phoned the motel, but it never turned up. My friend was wonderful about it; I’d bought her another one in the same color, but she told me to either keep it or send it back because she’d gotten it at a thrift store. I felt terrible about it, but to her it was no big deal. Bless you, Liz.

I had a really great conversation with the man next to us who was loading up his car at the same time we were. He travels all over Washington State for his job selling school buses, and talking with him was a very positive start to our day. There’s so much anger everywhere right now, I know that, but on this trip the strangers we ran into were friendly, helpful, and a pleasure to be with.

We were really impressed with the motel, though. The room was quiet, so was the a/c unit, the staff was very pleasant, the food good, and our room was really clean. I did leave a good review on Google for them.

I’d seen car chargers elsewhere, but had never actually seen a car getting charged up before. There were several car charging stations in the motel’s parking lot.
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365 Days, Numbah Forty-Nine

September 11th

Because I never will forget this day. Leilani called us and told us to turn on the TV right away, and OMG. The horror of it all.

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Two-Day Road Trip to Leavenworth, Chapter Six

The wedding was wonderful, and we were so glad we’d made the trip. Seeing ʻohana again and for the first time filled our cups to da max. We hated to leave at 7:30 p.m., but we’d been up since 7 a.m. and had had a long day of driving through a lot of road construction, and we had at least a 30-minute drive to our motel in Wenatchee. So we said our goodbyes, reluctantly, and got back on the road again.

This is a really bad photo of that hairpin turn going back up the other way.
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Two-Day Road Trip to Leavenworth, Chapter Five

We’re now definitely heading up into the mountains. It was 2:28 p.m. and about 90°.
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Two-Day Road Trip to Leavenworth, Chapter Four

We start this chapter at Manastash Ridge. If you’re a hiker, it seems like a good place to land if it’s not too hot.

Manastash Ridge Elevation 2672
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Two-Day Road Trip to Leavenworth, Chapter Three

K’den, this is our turnoff, just past the field of field corn. Ha ha.
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365 Days, Numbah Forty-Eight

September 6th

Los dos amigos.
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Two-Day Road Trip to Leavenworth, Chapter Two

Here we’re heading up the hill towards Goldendale. We’d been on this highway several years ago, only going in the opposite direction. So it was like new territory for us.
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365 Days, Numbah Forty-Seven

September 1st

Daily hummingbird on a cloudy morning.
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Two-Day Road Trip to Leavenworth, Chapter One

On August 11th, we actually took an out of town road trip for the first time in two and a half years. Covid has kept us really close to home, and I must admit that I had conflicting feelings about leaving my comfortable little circle near our home. But this was an important trip: my niece was getting married up in Leavenworth, Washington. Her dad and I are first cousins (I’m not worrying about my exactly relationship to her, because u know wat? I no cayah. Ha! It feels like she’s my niece, so that’s what I’m calling her.) Anyway, her mom and dad have been extremely important people in my life, ever since our first trip to Montana in 2009.

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