Last night on our evening walk, we discovered a path leading from the park and it meandered all through an area of quaint little buildings, an organic garden, and greenhouses scattered throughout a very large natural area. We learned that it is the Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort that has rooms, spas, restaurants, and a gift shop. It was a great place to walk around - very quiet and pretty.
This morning, after breakfast, we headed there again and explored a bit more of the 67 acre resort. Just as we were getting ready to cross a bridge and head in another direction, Tom spotted a deer, so we stopped and stared at each other for a while. Dang! Neither of us had a phone with us, so couldn’t get a photo. We also found the restaurant, chapel, outdoor patio facing the river and also the Chihuly icicle sculpture. What a great find!
Visiting the town of Leavenworth was on our ‘to do’ list today. The town suffered a steep decline in the late 1920’s when the railroad relocated its switching operation and the lumber jobs went with it. A committee of folks agreed to give the town a Bavarian theme and rebuilt one business at a time start in the early 1960’s. Today, it has a feel of visiting a small town in Germany and it certainly reminded me of my visits to Switzerland and Germany. We had a Hefeweizen beer, bratwurst, and German potato salad for lunch at Leavenworth Sausage Garten. We also stopped at “Cured” and bought landjaeger sausage, then to the Danish bakery for a pastry and a loaf of Cinnamon bread. In between food stops, we strolled the streets and visited several shops.
It started to rain just as we got back to the trailer, so it will be a quiet, reading, and maybe napping kind of afternoon.