We left Monroe, Washington, on Monday, July 21, heading across the Cascade Mountains on Hwy-2. Even at this time of the year, there was still snow on the mountains and the scenery was spectacular. The drive was very easy even going through all the little towns and by-ways, having to slow to about 35 mph.
We passed through the little town of Leavenworth and it was so cute. All the buildings are decorated in the Bavarian style and there were a number of German eateries there. We went back and walked around and also went to an outside play called "Sugar". That was a lot of fun and we all enjoyed it very much. Just have to remember that at night it gets chilly and we need a blanket for these things.
On Tuesday night, Nancy and I were getting ready to head to the pool when we walked out of our rigs the whole area was engulfed in smoke. (We are down in a valley that has only one way in and one way out.) After about 20 minutes of wondering what is happening and how close is this fire, we get word that we must evacuate. There were about 10 of us who said we are taking our rigs with us. It took us all about 10 minutes to unhook, load and be ready to leave. By this time the fire has jumped the main road so the only place that we can go is down to the little island of Crescent Bar. They have a big day use park there and we were able to spend the night there. I read that the fire burned 1700+ acres of land but no structures were lost and no one was hurt. Thank you firefighters one and all.
The rest of the week has just been spent here at the campground enjoying the warm weather, pool and relaxing. We will get out and go see some of the other things this next week.
We are really enjoying our visit here to Washington and learning a lot.