My original plan had been for a solo drive home stopping along the way to visit several things that I missed on my way up. However, my niece’s father needed a lift after having delivered a truck to the new 16-year-old, so I offered to get him as far as Cle Elum, as long as he was willing to play tourist with me – or sit in the car whilst I toured. He was up for touring, so away we went!
We started bright and early, making our first stop at Wells Dam along the Columbia River. The sun was out, which made for a nice little look around. Sadly, the dam itself wasn’t open for tours, but there were some great petroglyphs and an old turbine to admire, which was cool.
The next stop was at Beebe Bridge, though the highlight turned out to be a fantastic metal art sculpture of a Native American chief on a horse. (I do love metal art sculptures!) Then it was on to Cashmere for a bit of sweet heaven!
Oh, yes, our next stop was the Aplets & Cotlets factory for a tour and free samples! I don’t know that this really needs its own paragraph, but as I grew up loving these delicious confections, I’m making sure it gets called out.
After Cashmere, we stopped into Leavenworth to get some arrowhead souvenirs for some of my little friends (as in young children, not short adults) back in Scotland. There, we enjoyed a nice lunch and a walk around the tacky little mock-Bavarian village before making the final drive to Cle Elum where my co-pilot caught the Airporter Shuttle to Seattle and I went home to relax.
And to reward you for reading this far, here are some photos!