It was time to visit Leavenworth Washington during the Christmas time. We put out the message for anyone else to join us on the trip and we did have fellow truck camper friends join in on the trip. We met in Leavenworth for what was a fun weekend. A very cold weekend but still fun.
We left Spokane Washington after we picked up our son Cody from school. That meant leaving at 3 pm and with the day turning to night so early this time of year we made our way to Wilbur Washington for our nights stop. We didn’t want to do the drive during the night so a stop over was the plan. The weather had turned very cold and some snow here and there.
the roads were a bit slick but the truck did just fine. take your time and get there in one piece.
We arrived to Wilbur and parked in our spot for the night. The warmth of the camper was welcoming with the freezing temperatures outside. We had some dinner and relaxed by reading, listening to music and Cody worked in his workbook at math problems.
Cody figuring out math problems.
Joanne reading in the cab over.
We slept very well that night. The next morning we got up and got ready to drive to Leavenworth. I went to start the truck and what I got back was a “click”. Oh man, a dead battery. I had no idea how old the battery was but it obviously could not handle the 4 degrees last night. So I took a battery from the camper and my jumper cables and jump started the truck. We then went to the local NAPA parts store and got a new battery. 10 minutes later a new battery in the truck and we were off on our trip. The roads were not too bad but we did have to slow down some with the slick roads in parts of the drive.
driving down the canyon to the Columbia river. highway 2
We made our way to Leavenworth and went into town first rather than our camp spot for the next two nights. I knew there was a brewery in town and I just HAD to check it out. We had lunch and I did some samples of beers offered there.
parking in Leavenworth. Friday was no where near as busy as it would be on Saturday.
Cody and a sculpture in town.
oh yeah, good beer samples.
After we had our lunch and beer, we walked in town briefly. Joanne found some wine to take with us and I filled my growler with some beer to go. We made our way to our camp spot just a short distance away from downtown.
a view behind us.
There was suppose to be fire pits but they apparently were put away for the winter. So we used the BBQ pit. I moved another one over so we had two together and that seemed to work a lot better than a single one. Where there is a will, there is a way. On these cold days a fire is a must.
joanne sitting by the fire.
A while later we had 3 other truck campers show up. One would only be there for the night but we enjoyed talking with them. Two other campers would be there for the weekend.
The next morning the temperatures were very cold but it was beautiful out. The sun was out and no wind. We walked down to the river that boarders the campground on one side.
what a pretty sight.
Most of us were ready to walk to town so off we went. It was only about a mile to town.
cody leading the way across the field.
others close behind.
Once in town we made a plan to meet up later in the day. We would have dinner together that evening but did cross paths a couple times during the day. There would be a lot of people in town for the winter festival. So much going on, music, kids sledding, shopping and just having a great time.
joanne and I having a nice hot cider.
No winter festival is complete with out Santa.
Some people have been coming to this event for years. Some even wear crazy hats like these guys. I think they are pretty cool hats.
cool hats. don’t know who they are but cool hats regardless.
Everywhere you turn the town is decorated for Christmas.
neat way to decorate a tree when you have a bakery.
We went back to the center town gazebo as the tree lighting ceremony would start soon. Cody caught up with Santa.
Cody with Santa
Part of the ceremony was two alpenhorns being played making beautiful sounds. That was a treasure to hear them.
alpenhorns being played.
Then after a countdown the lights were turned on. Christmas songs were sung and we took in the sights of all the lights.
the main tree lighted.
really an amazing place
I could sit and look at the lights for a long time.
We met up with our truck camper friends for dinner in town. It was nice to sit and chat and really nice to be inside where it was warm.
a couple who came from Boise Idaho.
a family from Oregon that joined us for the campout.
joanne and I.
Dinner was good and we made our way back to camp. We ended up taking a cab back to the campground rather than walking. We did take one last stroll down main street first though.
love it. sorry, my camera is not the best, especially at night shots. you get the point though.
We all went in our campers back at camp. After a day full of being outside in the cold weather we were ready to “chill” out inside. What a wonderful weekend it had been. It was a pleasure to share the trip with some fellow truck camper people too.
The next morning we got up and put things away. It was time to go home. The roads were no problem going home. Yes it was still very cold but better than the trip to Leavenworth. What a great time we had.
This would be our last trip in our camper for the year 2013. Wow, what amazing places we have been with so many memories. We eneded up spending 79 nights out in our camper this year. That is a lot when we both work full time. We have been blessed that we have been able to do it. We look forward to what next year brings. I hope you have enjoyed the trip reports from this year and we wish you all a very merry Christmas and hope 2014 brings you more cherished memories in your travels.
Best regards as always,
Rich, Joanne and Cody
The TC Life
Leavenworth Washington 12/5 – 12/8