Monday, May 11, 2020

Spring Bike Rides in Leavenworth

Plain, with its pretty and quiet country roads is a popular spot for bike riding. I dusted off my bike and did the "Loop."

My first quick stop in the middle of the bridge for a shot of the Wenatchee river.

Beaver Valley Road all to myself.

Lake Wenatchee is on my left as I turn onto 207.

Looks like this place is going through some renovations, I look forward to checking it out.

 Crossing the Wenatchee again, kind of fun standing in the middle of the road!

I do like bridges.

Quick detour into Lake Wenatchee State Park.

Crossing the Chiwawa River...A 20 mile loop that is mostly flat with some gentle hills to get your heart rate up. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Short hikes near Lake Wenatchee

The access road to Hidden lake should be clear of snow by now.  3 weeks back it  was still covered in snow which made for a lovely 1 mile walk to the trail head.

We did the upper trail this time around.

Had the trail and still frozen lake to ourselves.

A gorgeous spring day.

It's our favorite "when we don't feel like a hike, hike!"

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Hikes for self isolating

We spent 10 days self isolating at Poofys and plan to go back shortly. The solitude at Poofys means that we are safe and we are keeping our friends, family and community safe.  Check out  the Washington Trails Association website for some great information on hiking during this time when we need to stay home.

Here's some shots of our weekend hike of Dirty Face.  

Overlooking Lake Wenatchee.

A forest fire came through parts of Dirty face in 2005. Great to see how the forest comes back to life.

Great spots to just be alone and listen to the trees.

The Glacier Lily is one of the first wildflowers of the season.

There was snow on quite few parts of the trail, this is past mid-way and I was now getting more snow than I wanted in my Blundstones.

Looking forward to packing a proper lunch, starting earlier in the day and doing the whole 8 miles round trip later in the spring!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

winter getaways

Perfect afternoons...

It was a crisp, windy day at Lake Wenatchee.

...decided on a walk up one of cross country ski trails off the Chiwawa Loop rd, near Fish lake.

Found a nice warm spot in the sun to stop and do nothing....

...followed by a late lunch.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Seattle Weekend getaways

We try to spend every other weekend at Poofys, which leaves mid-week and the other weekends for Poofy's to be rented out for others to enjoy. for all the details.  Poofys sleeps 8 comfortably, perfect for 2 families, ladies weekend or a quiet family getaway.

My weekend starts with a snow shovel workout and snowball prepping.

Followed by turning on the sauna...

Maybe a walk through the neighborhood to visit friends.

Or a hike up Bee Hill (just found out it has a name).

 Usually a check in at the river.

The best friends to bring up to Poofys are the ones that surprise you by pulling out a little stove and making hot chocolate on a snowy trail!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

January in and around Leavenworth

Here's a short list of things to do in the winter around Leavenworth besides playing in the powder up at Stevens Pass.

Hit the Leavenworth Ski hill for inner tubing action, snowshoeing, fat bikes, sledding and as well as skiing and snowboarding on a smaller hill.

New this year to Leavenworth, Ice Skating.

Timbrrr Music festival takes place January 24-25, great bands to check out both nights.

Didn't get your reindeer fix? Visit the Leavenworth Reindeer farm.

Leavenworth's holiday lights stay up until February 14th. You'll be glad you missed the December crowds. 

Sleigh rides and SnowMobile tours leave from the Mountain Springs Lodge, just 3 miles from Poofys. They also have a gift shop, coffee shop, lunch grill and a lovely Sunday Brunch. You need to book ahead for dinner reservations.

The friendly folks at Plain Hardware can set you up for hitting the Nordic ski trails and snow shoe trails in Plain that start right across the street.  

Lake Wenatchee has more Nordic ski trails and snow shoe trails. There is Ice Skating at the golf course at Kahler Glen.  

Wildflours restaurant is not to be missed. A seasonal menu that features housemade pasta. It's also at Kahler Glen.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Country Roads Leavenworth

Photos from the passenger seat!

The Chiwawa Loop Rd, just as you leave Shugart Flats

Crossing the river!

Quick look at the river facing west.

Looking out the kitchen window...hopefully next time we are here there will be snow!