We started our day with a bit of shopping in the incredible town of Leavenworth. I would love to be in this town for Christmas, I hear they really go all out for the holidays with sleigh rides etc. It is absolutely beautiful and we have enjoyed every minute we spend here. We had a great lunch today and then headed over to see the Tumwater Dam.
There are two small dams on the Wenatchee River, the Tumwater Canyon Dam, which sits just west of the community of Leavenworth, and the Dryden dam, a low-head dam situated just outside the town of Dryden. The Tumwater Canyon dam originally provided power to the original two mile long railroad tunnel used near Stevens Pass to get trains across the Cascade Mountains, it was later (starting in 1928) used to power the railroad's electrification from Wenatchee, WA to Skykhomish, WA.
The Wenatchee River is such a beautiful river, originating at Lake Wenatchee and flowing southeast for 53 miles, emptying into the Columbia River immediately north of Wenatchee, Washington. On its way it passes the towns of Plain, Leavenworth, Peshastin, Dryden, Cashmere, Monitor, and Wenatchee.
Tributaries include the Chiwawa River, Nason Creek, Peshastin Creek, and Icicle Creek. We are planning a trip to Lake Wenatchee next, then we will also explore the tiny town of Peshastin. Check back later for more from Washington.