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Photos: Leavenworth Day Trip

Leavenworth Day Trip
Photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets / Eastern Washington Tourism

On March 9th 2019, we took a road trip in the Jeep Wrangler to Leavenworth to visit for a day.

We left Selah around 11 AM. It was very cold and gray. The trees around Ellensburg were white with frost. As we dropped off the north slope of Blewett Pass, the clouds opened up and we had beautiful blue sky.

Once in Leavenworth, we had a hard time finding a parking space. The town was full of people having fun. We parked down the road a few blocks away from downtown.

Our first place to visit, as always, was the Munchen Haus for bratwurst and a beer. We really enjoy the Munchen Haus food, beer, and beer garden atmosphere.

After lunch we took a look in some of the shops. We took a break to have a beer and warm up at Uncle Uli’s.

We took another walk checking out shops. Some of them are gone or moved from our last trip to Leavenworth. We stopped at The Loft for some food, drinks and to warm up.

We then looked in a few more shops but had to find heat again since the temperature was dropping. We stopped from drinks at Leavenworth Sausage Garten, by Cured. We warmed up under the heaters. There was a guy playing all kinds of songs.

Next we went over the the Icicle Brewing Company. Inside was warm and had a guy playing country music. We stay for awhile there before walking back to the Jeep.

My wife Lisa drove us home since she was the designated driver. We took I-82 toward Selah due to there is a lot of animals out at night in the Yakima River Canyon. We topped the first climb out of Ellensburg when the Jeep engine started making noise. We pulled over at the 11 mile marker/Military Road Exit. We called AAA and they took us the rest of the way home. We got to bed at 2 AM/3 AM Daylight Savings time.

It was a fun day over all.

Here are some photos of the Leavenworth Day Trip:

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Photos: PNW Dual Sport Summer Closer in Leavenworth

PNW Dual Sport Summer Closer
Report & photos by Clay Graham / Selah Sweets / Eastern Washington Tourism

On Friday October 5th, 2018, we headed to Leavenworth to set up the Selah Sweets trailer for the PNW Dual Sport Summer Closer at the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club.

Saturday and Sunday we served pancakes in the morning, shaved ice and other snacks in the afternoons.

We met a lot of cool people and had a lot of fun camping there with them.

Sunday afternoon we headed to Plain to have lunch with some friends. After lunch we traveled back home to Selah.


About the event from PNW Dual Sport

The 2nd annual Summer Closer!
We have reserved the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Club, a privately owned campsite at Lake Wenatchee, settled in a very beautiful part of the North Cascades in Washington.
As always: Tent/bike camping, group rides, prize giveaways, entry in our scavenger hunt and other games, and much more are all included in your GA ticket. If you are riding your bike to the event, these will be allowed in the camping area and may be parked with your tent/hammock/etc. Anyone with a GA ticket may also bring a truck or car, with or without a small trailer, that you are not camping in/on.

Events:
– Scavenger Hunt: On Saturday morning, each participant will receive a map, marked with many locations throuhout the Lake Wenatchee area. Each location will be worth a different number of points. You will have a full day to ride and collect the secret code at each location and add it to your map. At the end of the day, you will receive as many raffle tickets as you have points. These raffle tickets will be used to enter to win prizes of all kinds, and you can choose what prizes to invest your tickets in!
– Group Rides: We will have many different group rides to choose from on Friday and Saturday, each one led by a different person or group. Each ride will vary by schedule, speed, difficulty, route, etc.
– Games: In camp, we will have an assortment of moto games throughout the weekend.
– Prize Giveaway: Saturday night we will have a prize giveaway, separate from the Scavenger Hunt. Each attendee will receive a raffle ticket for this drawing.
– Demo Rides: Come out and try out some new bikes!


Here are some photos of the PNW Dual Sport Summer Closer:

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Outdoor Recreation Info Site that holds many free events.

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Photos: Leavenworth Backroads Adventure

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Leavenworth Backroads Adventure
Report & photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Wednesday August 15th, 2012 Foxracer and I headed out from the Naneum Ridge State Forest Backroads Run parting from Toy Man near Wenatchee to continue our Eastern Washington adventure around the Leavenworth area.

We stopped in the town Leavenworth around 5:30 PM. We parked at the Northeast side of town and walked through the Bavarian village to the München Haus for dinner. It was nice to sit in the biergarten under the misters on this hot day.

After dinner we wen back to our rigs to get our growlers and then got them topped of at the Icicle Brewery.

Next we head out of town on Icicle Road to go find a campsite. We found a very cool campsite near the end of the road. Map

On Thursday August 16th, 2012 Foxracer and I headed back through Leavenworth to go explore some backroads Northeast of town.

We headed up Darby Canyon Road (FS7400) from Peshastin and drove up to Chumstick Mountain. The views was great. After a short break and cell calls to our families, we headed back down the mountain to US-2 by the way of FS7415 & FS7412. This route dropped us near Cashmere.

Once on US-12 we drove back toward Leavenworth. I stopped in Leavenworth for lunch and Foxracer continued over the pass to the west side.

Jeffs_62 met me in Leavenworth to visit awhile before I had to leave for a DNR Recreation Committee meeting in Wenatchee.

A little after 5 PM I headed for the meeting in Wenatchee. I got to the meeting place to find out the meeting had been canceled due to the Taylor Bridge Fire in the Ellensburg Area. Some of the people on the committee live in the fire zone. The DNR did call me the day before while I was at the Naneum Ridge State Forest and left me a voice mail. My phone did not show I had a message until I turn it off and then back on again.

Since there was no meeting I headed back toward my home in Selah by the way of Quincy.

On the way I stopped to in Kittitas for some diesel at the Shell Station I filled up at the day before. It was Taco Thursday at Curly’s II so I headed into Kittitas for dinner. Ron the Parts Guy came and joined me for a couple of beers.

This was a great trip! Thanks for leading the way Foxracer. Thank you Jeff and Ron for coming to visit as I was near your areas.

Here are some photos of our Leavenworth Backroads Adventure:

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Passing through Wenatchee on the way to Leavenworth.
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We topped of at the Icicle Brewery and headed for camp.

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We found this campground way at the end of Icicle Road had open spaces. Map
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Icicle Brewing Company’s Lokal Lager in my Yakima Craft growler.

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A cool Guard Station way out in the middle of no where.

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Heading up Darby Canyon Road (FS7400).

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There were some great views as we climbed.

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Turning up toward Chumstick Mountain.
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On Chumstick Mountain looking toward the Southeast.

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Once on US-12 we drove back toward Leavenworth. I stopped in Leavenworth for lunch and Foxracer continued over the pass to the west side.

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The next stop was Kittitas for dinner with Ron the Parts Guy and then home.

This was a great trip thanks to all my friends I saw along the way.


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EWA Road Trip – Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival
Report by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Sunday December 18th, 2011 Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at the München Haus in Leavenworth Washington for our annual Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival get together. We had lunch then head out to see things around town. Around 4:30 PM we gathered in font of the gazebo for the main event, the lighting of the town. Great family fun. The day was a lot of fun thanks to the people of Leavenworth that put so much work into making the Christmas Lighting Festival happen.

My family stayed Sunday and Monday nights at the Evergreen Inn so we could enjoy what Leavenworth has to offer through Tuesday afternoon. The kids had fun sledding and shopping. I enjoyed the places you can eat and drink.

We want to thank all the people that came out to this Eastern Washington Adventures get together.

Merry Christmas to all!

Below are the pictures of our Leavenworth Adventure:

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A nice guy at the Evergreen Inn took this picture of us.
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I saw one of the Shindig Wheelers 4×4 Club members with his family there.
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The main event. The Christmas lighting ceremony.
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I headed to The Loft for lunch.
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We check out of our motel and took a drive. On the way we saw this big suit of armor.
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We stopped at Bistro Espresso before heading back to do some shopping.
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The kids wanted a picture with the goats.
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I bought a growler full of Lokal Lager from Icicle Brewery to take back home.

We took a drive out to Lake Wenatchee State Park before heading back home to Selah.

This was a great family vacation.

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Photos: EWA Road Trip – Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival
Report and photos by Clay Graham / Eastern Washington Adventures

On Sunday December 19, 2010 Eastern Washington Adventures members met up at the München Haus in Leavenworth Washington for the last day of the 2010 Christmas Lighting Festival.

The day was a lot of fun thanks to the people of Leavenworth that put so much work into making the Christmas Lighting Festival happen. We want to thank all the people that came out to this Eastern Washington Adventures get together.

Merry Christmas to all!

Below are the pictures of our Leavenworth Adventure.

It had snowed pretty good around where we live in Selah Washington the day before.
The pass reports looked good on this day so we fueled up and headed to Leavenworth.

The traffic slowed coming across Blewett Pass because of all the road smut being kicked up.

We got to Leavenworth just before 1 PM. We parked in a $10 a day parking area next to the Adventure Inn and headed to meet the others.

The München Haus has a great family atmosphere, great food and beer so this was the place to have lunch to start our Leavenworth Adventure.
We all sat in the München Haus’s heated outdoor courtyard.

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My family all had the Big “BOB” Bratwurst. The kids had soda as my wife and I enjoyed a Pilsner.

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After lunch we headed out the back door.

We ran into Santa so we had to get a family picture with the old guy.

Here is a guy my youngest son “Odo” wants nothing to do with.

The kids played some on the sledding hills.

Moving down the road. I am not sure what Doc is doing.

Whoops, missed the Wood Shop.

It sure is nice they have these fireplaces out on the street.

Pretzels make good Christmas ornaments too!

There are many cool shops to see.

A Reindeer got loose.

We headed back to the rig to warm up and have some hot cocoa.

We got back just in time for the Christmas Lighting Ceremony.

As we sang Silent Night the stars came from each side of town.
As they walked in front of each building, the Christmas Lights came on.

Then came the count down to light up the trees in the park. Click picture to see video.

Taking a walk enjoying the lights as the music plays in the park.

Here the kids are being goofy again.

Here we are back at our vehicle to head back home.

What a wonderful life!



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