Our first stop was lunch in Leavenworth. It's a Bavarian-themed tourist spot and I've been wanting to visit ever since I moved to Washington state back in 1999. It was great to finally go.
One of my big pet peeves is when people scramble in a place of business as it opens. Just be ready when it's time to be ready, ya know? But I discovered something in Leavenworth that bothers me more: not even bothering to scramble. We found a restaurant we wanted to try, and it had already been open for five minutes, but when we walked in, nobody came in from the back for several minutes. When the server finally emerged, he simply said, "We're not ready yet." I was like, should we leave? "You don't have to. Maybe come back in ten minutes." I'd be pissed if I owned that restaurant and knew that was going on. We would have waited if he said literally anything. Like maybe, "Sorry we're a little behind, why don't you grab a table and I can get you a beer or something." But he basically just stood there. Whatever. We found another restaurant. There's certainly no shortage of them there.
They weren't producing at the time, but we got to see the Aplets and Cotlets factory and shop in their awesome store.
We spent the night in Ellensburg, which is where Garrett went to college. I slept with my head right next to a very big air conditioner, and my lungs felt better that next morning than they have all week. Progress!
Perfect shady spot at Sun Lake for a picnic.
Shade provided by a very weird tree.
Excellent viewpoint of the area off the road that leads down to it.
The Grand Coulee Dam.
The River Pines Inn, where we stayed in Winthrop.
I didn't even know Washington has an "old west" themed town until we drove up. That was a cool surprise.
Diablo Lake overlook:
Our route home took us past the site of the deadly landslide in Oso. It's impossible to from pictures or on TV to really get a sense of the scale.