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Leavenworth, Washington

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 33 miles from Cashmere to Leavenworth Washington.

We continued traveling along U.S.Highway 2 West.

After 12 miles we stopped in the City of Leavenworth, Washington.  A Bavarian-styled setting as in the Swiss Alps. Here’s the history of how it got to be that way from their official website…

The History of Leavenworth

Believe it or not, our area wasn’t always Bavaria.  Instead, the towering mountain peaks and bountiful land was known amongst Native Americans as some of the most plentiful land anyone had laid eyes on. The Yakama, Chinook and Wenatchi tribes all hunted the same land for deer & elk, and also fished Icicle Creek for salmon.

Settlers hungry for gold, timber, and furs soon settled the area, and by 1890, Icicle Flats was born. The area exploded with the arrival of the rail line near the turn of the century. At that point, Leavenworth was a whole lot less Bavaria and a whole lot more Deadwood! The logging and sawmill business was great…until it wasn’t. When the railroad re-routed its rails and moved out of town, it almost turned Leavenworth into a ghost town. The area scuffled along for more than thirty years, always on the brink of extinction.

In the early 1960’s, town leaders had a bright idea: change Leavenworth’s appearance to draw visitors. If the gorgeous alpine hills had no equal except in German Bavaria, the city planned on completing the experience.

This was no mere facelift. In addition to completely renovating the downtown area, community leaders created a series of festivals, drawing revelers into town. From there, the Autumn Leaf Festival, Maifest, and the immensely popular Christmas Lighting Festivals were born and continue to this day.

To say the change worked is like saying you can taste a hint of cabbage in kraut.  For decades, Leavenworth has been a top tourist destination in the Pacific Northwest. More than a million tourists walk our streets every year, finding Bavarian authenticity and Northwest hospitality.

Here are some of the photos that I took there…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…



































Every year on the first weekend of December they have a Christmas Lighting Festival and light the city with millions of lights. I attend one of these festivals perhaps 20-25 years ago. Here’s a photo of that event from their website…


Our visit finished, I drove the motorhome another 21 miles mostly north and slightly west to Thousand Trails Leavenworth RV Resort. Mary and I are members of Thousand Trails. In doing so, we went from 1125 feet of elevation to 2250 feet elevation…


Here’s the usual dinette window photo…


First it’s too hot, now it’s too cold! Yesterday was a cloudy and cold day with some showers. High temperature for the day was 57 with a real feel of 50 degrees.

Forecast high temperature for today is 63 degrees and cloudy with showers.

We’ll continue our westward travel tomorrow morning.

Enjoying Thousand Trails RV Resorts is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Washington. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…


Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein


On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
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It All Began With These Two Wet Spots On The Ground…

last Friday when Mary I were heading out for our day trip to Orcas Island. As I backed the Bronco back out of our camping spot at Thousand Trails in Bow, Washington…there were…these two wet spots on the ground…Hmmmmm…

They were obviously fresh and must have come from my Ford Bronco II…that I tow behind the motorhome. The Bronco does not leak any fluids I thought to myself…what could be causing them? I had just had the oil changed at Jiffy Lube a couple of days ago…that must have something to do with it. Crawling underneath the vehicle I discovered that the oil pan drain plug was loose…they had not snugged it up with a wrench. Okay…fortunately I caught it…got out a wrench and snugged it up. Let’s get on with our day.

Later that afternoon we…in the Bronco…climbed Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island…five miles to an elevation of 2,409 feet. Exiting the Bronco I saw a wet trail on the asphalt…leading to under the Bronco. Looking underneath…I saw a fluid liberally leaking out on to the ground. Not a good situation! Further investigation revealed it was not oil…but transmission fluid! I checked the transmission fluid dipstick…nothing! Fortunately I had about 3/4’s of a quart of high-mileage transmission stop-leak left over from my old 1984 Ford Bronco II. Since I had no choice…down the mountain we went. About 15 mile later we came to a small town where I bought a quart of transmission fluid. Put in about 1/2 quart and managed to get us back to our motorhome…a distance of about 40 driving miles. Further evaluation indicates the front seal of the automatic transmission is tired and the guilty party. Online I manged to find out the average mileage for this occurrence is 127,224 miles…the odometer on my Bronco is 128,122…less than 1,000 miles above the average. Interesting.

So…what this story is finally getting to is that…it appears the transmission needs repairing. Yesterday we had planned to cross the Cascade Mountains and spend some time in the area around Leavenworth…a Bavarian-like town…and as such…kind of out in the toolies. Instead I’ve elected to stay in the more-populated western Cascade area where repair facilities are more available. So instead…we’ve to stay another week here.

I’ve placed a call to my friend/mechanic Mike in Monroe about 60 miles distant and he’s supposed to call me back soon to let me know if he can find the time to do the job. If not…I know a good transmission shop in Burlington that did work on my old 1984 Bronco…only about 10 miles from here.

All vehicles are basically mechanical/electrical devices and periodically need attention. Fortunately it’s something that a little time and money can easily fix. Better that it happened in this area than in the toolies!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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