A video report of of the Sahara Expedition in the Tunisian desert.
With this blog we close our VS trip 2018. In 9 weeks we traveled the North Western states and every day we were astonished about the beauty of this country, The space, the nature, pure and in general unspoiled. We camped in the wild and at national forests often observed by deer. We enjoyed the wildlife that was often so close and we enjoyed the campfire in the evening also to keep the mosquitos away.
The dogs accompanied us on this journey and it was an added value. Also the dogs enjoyed being all day with us in nature and travel in the comfort of the truck. We crossed the border back into Canada. An easy formality.
We are in the last phase of our journey. We arrived at Entiat, a small village located at lake Entiat. We will stay here for a few days to again enjoy the beautiful weather. From here we will enter into the last phase of this holidays
Entiat’s Numeral Mountain has been a tradition since 1923. Each year, seniors design their graduating year number, and paint it on the steep cliffs overlooking the Entiat River. Numeral Mountain is well known and has been publicized in Life Magazine and National Geographic. There is a deep feeling of pride when graduates see their class number on the mountain.
Leavenworth’s history does not begin with the alpine tradition it knows today, but with the proud heritage of the Yakama, Chinook and Wenatchi tribes. The Native American tribes lived by hunting the land for deer and elk, as well as fishing Icicle Creek for salmon. Surrounded by some of the most bountiful lands in North America, the three tribes co-existed from Lake Wenatchee to the Icicle and beyond.
The area was eventually settled by pioneers in search of gold, furs and fertile farmland. Stakes were claimed, and the Leavenworth area was soon bustling with settlers. By 1890, the original town was built on the Icicle Flats.
It wasn’t until the end of the century that the town began to blossom with the arrival of the rail line. The Great Northern Railway Company’s tracks through Leavenworth brought with them opportunities for work, commerce and a new economy.
Sadly, Leavenworth’s rich and healthy economy eventually fell apart. The withdrawal of the Great Northern Rail Road and the closure of the local mill were the primary factors in this change.
But in the early 1960’s, everything changed. In a last-chance effort to turn their precarious situation around, the leaders of the community decided to change Leavenworth’s appearance, hoping to bring tourism into the area. Using the beautiful backdrop of the surrounding Alpine hills to their advantage, the town agreed to remodel their town into a Bavarian village.
Hoping to create more than a mere facelift, many members of the community rallied to create the illusion of Bavaria in the middle of Washington State. Besides the complete renovation of the downtown area, community members planned a series of festivals. The Autumn Leaf Festival, Maifest, and the extremely popular Christmas Lighting Ceremony were the first of many attractions Leavenworth offered to its visitors.
Since the change to a Bavarian theme village, Leavenworth has become a pillar of the tourism industry in the Pacific Northwest. Today, more than a million tourists come to Leavenworth each year. It would be our pleasure to host you as you visit our Bavarian village. Please feel free to explore our site or contact us with any questions you might have about Leavenworth or our hotel. We look forward to serving you.
Iron Creek Campground sits near the confluence of Iron Creek and the Cispus River. This campground winds through a forest of old-growth Douglas firs, cedars and hemlock.
Iron Creek is part of the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, which is located in the northernmost portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This District is roughly located among three volcanic peaks: Mt. Rainier to the north, Mt. Adams to the east, and Mount St. Helens to the west.
This forest is so dense that walking tough it is almost impossible. Trees fallen by storm, age or otherwise are on the ground and I think that as much tree as you see standing as much are on the ground.
Paradise is famous for its glorious views and wildflower meadows. When James Longmire’s daughter-in-law, Martha, first saw this site, she exclaimed, “Oh, what a paradise!” Paradise is also the prime winter-use area in the park, receiving on average 643 inches (53.6 feet/16.3 meters) of snow a year.