Leavenworth

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Leavenworth, Washington

July 31, 2018

Recently, we went to Leavenworth, Washington.  This town is draped in a German decor.  There are lots and lots of flowers.  On Sunday, it was packed.  It was too hot to walk the dogs through town, so we drove up to Wenatchee Lake.  It was a beautiful drive along the Wenatchee River.  There were lots of people enjoying the Lake in this heat.

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Leavenworth, Washington
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Wenatchee River outside Leavenworth, Washington

On the way back to our campground, we drove around Monitor taking pictures of orchards.  While taking a picture of one orchard, the farm animals across the street had something to say about it.

 

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Fruit crates in Monitor, Washington.
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Bridge in Monitor, Washington

We headed Southeast along the Columbia River yesterday.  The temperature hit 103 degrees.  Our campsite is very nice with a great view of the Columbia River.  When the temperature dropped into the high nineties, we went outside in the shade to sit with the dogs.  It didn’t take three minutes for them to start panting.  The bees arrived and harassed us, so we were forced to come back inside.  We managed to get a short walk in before the sunset.  The weather is expected to remain hot, so we’ll be exploring by car over the next few days.  With the dogs, we look for restaurants with outdoor seating that will allow us to bring them.  But, it is even too hot for that.

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My maiden name.

Ohme Gardens

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Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee, Washington

July 29, 2018

Yesterday, I went to Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee, Washington.  This area is very arid.  The hills are dry and covered with scrub.  In 1929, Herman Ohme purchased 40 acres of land for an orchard.  It included a rocky bluff.  He and his wife started planting gardens on the bluff which required getting water to the arid land.  They used local rock to make paths and benches.  As word got out, people started to come and see the gardens and they were eventually opened to the public.  The gardens were expanded upon and they are now owned by Chelan County.

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Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee, Washington

It was hot when I went and I was covered in sweat by the time I worked my way through most of the paths.  I can’t imagine how much work went into creating the gardens.  The early work done on the gardens was all manual labor requiring obtaining many of the rocks by the Columbia River and hauling them up the bluff.  It’s definitely worth checking out if you are in the area.  It is only $8 to get in.

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Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee, Washington
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Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee, Washington

There are many orchards around the area.  The surrounding hillsides are very dry which makes the orchards particularly inviting with their lush greenery.  Our thermometer registered 99 degrees yesterday.  It must be very difficult to work in the orchards in this heat.  The skies are still moderately smoky from local fires.

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Orchards in Monitor, Washington with smoky skies.
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Orchards and bridge on the Wenatchee River in Monitor, Washington.
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Fruit crates waiting to be filled in Monitor, Washington.
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Fire equipment in Monitor, Washington.