|Today we were going to take the ferry from Anacortes to San Juan Island. But we didn't do our homework regarding the ferry schedule, and found out when we got to the terminal that if we took the 2:00 ferry to the island, there might not be room on the 6:00 coming back and we could end up waiting until the next one at 10:00. They don't take reservations, so it is all first-come, first-served. So we decided to skip the ferry for today, drive to Leavenworth, WA instead, and do the ferry trip tomorrow or Thursday morning instead.
It was a three-hour drive to Leavenworth, but well worth it! From Anacortes we drove down I-5 to Everett, then east on Rt. 2 to Leavenworth. Rt. 2 is part of the scenic Cascade Loop in Washington. We drove the upper part of the loop when we came from Twisp to Anacortes through the Northern Cascades on Rt. 20. This part of the loop today wasn't nearly as pretty as the northern part, but it did wind through the scenic Stevens Pass (elev. 4,081 ft.) in the Snoqualmie National Forest.
Leavenworth is a beautiful Bavarian-themed town in the middle of the mountains. Lots of shops, restaurants, beer gardens, hanging flowers and wineries (would you believe I didn't buy any wine???). We walked around some of the shops, and then had an excellent German dinner (four kinds of German sausage, sauerkraut, red cabbage and German potatoes) at Cafe Christa before driving back to Anacortes. To take your own tour of Leavenworth, including live webcam views, click here:
In November 2007 Good Morning America went to Leavenworth for Holiday Gifts for the Globe where GMA helped light up the town for the Christmas Holiday. Leavenworth was also named the "Ultimate HolidayTown USA" by A&E.
Another beautiful afternoon in the good ol' USA!