Wandering Around Leavenworth WA

Today was supposed to be sort of rainy so we deferred our planned hike until tomorrow. Instead; Connie worked in the morning while Neil did some maintenance. He had to hose out some gravel from our undercarriage from our aborted parking attempt yesterday, wash the rear windows of the house as they get really filthy when we travel in the rain and we like to have a view other than through a dirty window, and replace a couple of burned out light bulbs. We have some night lights (they’re actually a dim 12v bulb like you normally have in the glove compartment of a car) that illuminate our stairs, bathroom, and bedroom floor so we can get up in the middle of the night for a bathroom visit or walk down our 4 stairs to the living room without tripping down the stairs and without needing to turn any overhead lights on and disturb the other one who might still be sleeping. One of those had burned out and once was loose and just needed tightening. Neil also turned on the propane as we forgot to turn it on during our parking adventures yesterday and we can’t cook without it.

After that; Neil went on a bike ride through the streets adjacent to town and got a couple snapshots of the Wenatchee River which runs through town…it’s running quite high and rapid-dy…it’s still swollen with snow melt and some rain up in the mountains.

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The river is running pretty high and he took these right at his turnaround point about 5 miles up from the campground. After his ride he had a shower and then we had a sammy for lunch followed by a short afternoon siesta. After that it was off to town to get a couple of things we needed at some of the shops…a new purse for Connie and then something for the human kid’s anniversary which we’ll mail as soon as we get it boxed up. We were going to come home and cook some chicken for dinner…but upon further review decided to visit the biergarten again and have some beers, brats, and pretzels. We had a pint each of Dirty Faced Amber, Dark Lager IPA, and Priebe Porter along with a brat and pretzel that we shared. We’ll cook the chicken during the day tomorrow and save the cooked chicken for dinner on our Friday travel day as we have already penciled in to have Wiener Schnitzel and Spaetzel for dinner tomorrow weight.

After that we headed home for TV, email, plane reservations (for Connie’s trip next month from Portland to Houston for her convention), and web browsing. While we were sitting in the rig we had a small earthquake…it was 4.3 on the RIchter scale according to the news…details are here. The epicenter was about 20 miles north from where we are parked in Leavenworth. After living in southern CA for some years back in the submarine days…we’ll never not recognize an earthquake again.

That was pretty much all the excitement for today; we’re planning on doing our hike in the AM then then will either laze the afternoon away or maybe wander down and sit in the hot tub awhile before heading out to dinner.


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4 Responses to Wandering Around Leavenworth WA

  1. Sparky says:

    Wow…an earthquake! Glad you are ok…what did it feel like inside the rig? Inquiring minds would like to know! 🙂

    • Neil Laubenthal says:

      Actuallyit was pretty much like an earthquake in a sticks and bricks. It was a pretty short one; only 5 seconds or so and felt pretty much like going over a couple of potholes on the freeway. Having been through a lot of them in southern CA in years past and in DC 2 or 3 years ago we immediately recognized it and after 10 minutes or so googled to verify and found out it was a 4.3.

      Pretty mild as they go but definitely something you would notice.

      I grew up in AL and we didn’t have them there at allbut despite that when I was in my first one in Japan in 1984 it took me about half a second to figure out what it was.

      Everything is fine; as I said this was a really small one and was actually less bounce than a lot of highway bumps we’ve drove across. It was about the same amount of jolt as driving on the freeway at 60 and then hitting the bump you typically see at the end of a bridge. Pretty much a bump/bump and it was done.

  2. ronlaubenthal says:

    welcome back yall – bears, earthquakes, whats next, bigfoot ??? congrats on the anniversary – yall earned it, yall deserve it, so jus’ keep on enjoyin’ it… gettin’ ready for my weekend shifts here, but i’ll be watchin – yall jus’ be careful, keep us up-to-date on the whens + wheres, always enjoy the fotos – yall keep on truckin’, me and sis will keep on followin’…

    p.s. – a shot or two of bigfoot would be cool…

    • Neil Laubenthal says:

      I don’t think Connie wants to see bigfoot anymore than she wants to see bears. We’ve been laughing to ourselves the past 2 months as it seems everywhere we pass through has a disaster of some sort either while we are there or shortly afterwards. The fertilizer explosion in West TX, the tornado in OK, the forest fires in CO, the flooding in Calgary, and the earthquake in WAwe were there shortly before all of them. Coincidence? Who knows.

      We’re still having a blastand have really only scratched the surface of what there is to do at each of our stopswe have no idea how long we’ll do this full time thingbut we could easily do it for 20 years and not see everything there is to see.

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