The Cascade Scenic Byway
Trip Start Jun 23, 2010
24Trip End Jul 17, 2010
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Where I stayed
Concrete Grandy KOA
Time of Travel: LONG! (Was told the loop would take four hours--try 10!
Arrival back to KOA: 1AM or later- was half a sleep and it was LATE!
Best: Washington Pass Scenic Overlook
Worst: Amount of time drive took
Unexpected: Rick pulling off the side of the road in the middle of nowhere to blow off fireworks (The kids listed this as their best of the day)
We went looking for places within the Cascade National Park, which was along the scenic hwy, to go on a few hikes
When we got to the trail, there was a sign that said a portion of the trail was closed due to a mud slide. We decided to try it. We got about 10 minutes into the trail and found another sign. We decided to go back and try to find another trail. Of course, it started raining. By the time we found the other trail, everyone was hungry. We ate lunch and then decided it was too cold and rainy to do a hike today (59 degrees). We continued on the scenic trail.
The highest point in the Cascades (5557 feet) was the Washington Pass Scenic overlook. WOW! is all I can say. The only thing stopping you from falling off was the wooden railings. We were on these huge boulders that were actually the edge of the mountain. It was FANTABULOUSLY Spectacular. I think it was the highlight of the trip so far. We even got a few family pictures thanks to Rick's smart thinking to use the camera's timer.
Next, we stopped in the town of Winthrop, which is an old Western town
By the time we got to the town of Leavenworth, we just wanted to get back to the KOA. (The police officer from the day before had told us to stop in Winthrop and Leavenworth.) Leavenworth is a mini "Swiss Alps" town. We did stop and get out to find a restaurant. It really was a beautiful little town. But, by the time we got there, most of the stores were already closed due to the 4th of July. We did find a lovely German restaurant and we all found lovely items to order. All except Kim were satisfied with our meal.. .Rick especially, because the bill was reasonable. He said "I don't care how much a meal costs. If everyone cleans their plate, it's worth any cost." We all cleaned the plate and it wasn't that expensive.
Yesterday, coming back from Mt
A REALLY long day, but GREAT.