|After breakfast, we take State Highway 20 south, a scenic route through the San Juans, pausing for pictures before driving over Deception Bridge. The green water below the high green bridge swirls, changing course with the tides. Now we are on Whidby Island. It is an aquatic culture here, boats moored in bays and near homes, some skimming the water. The blue water is never far away, and the sight of yet another island is always in the distance.
We plan to take I-90 for our return to Selah, but, at Pat's suggestion, at the last minute, we decide to go State Route 2 over Stevens Pass, a part of the Cascades Highway Loop. We were very pleased with the decision.
This beauteous route through the orange, yellow, and purples of fall with green in the background was a superb choice, making for an afternoon of driving through fall. Stopping at Deception Falls, we walked to both the lower and upper falls, the water roaring and tumbling around us.
By about three, we are in Leavenworth, which is a Bavarian village set in the Cascade mountains. Pat tells me that the town was dying when the local people came up with the idea to take the Germanic theme. Now it is crowded with tourists and shops, restaurants, music—accordion players and cuckoo clocks were spotted. Their plan proved economically successful.
A couple of hours of wandering around town, shopping, then dinner and we head for home, over yet one more mountain pass. It is dark by the time we enter Selah.