October 7, 2014
If you have a bucket list, THE place to celebrate Oktoberfest is, of course, the site of its origin, Munich, Germany, where a wedding feast was thrown in 1810 in the city’s outskirts to celebrate the union of Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese from Saxony-Hildburghausen.
But if you can’t drop more than $2,000 to join more than 6 million of your friends for a 17-day celebration, might I suggest the next best thing a little closer to home — Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest.
September 10, 2014
July 22, 2014
This Weekend Wanderer heads for Palouse Falls State Park, but as all true wanderers know, it is not the destination, but the wandering that counts.
On the way, you need to cruise the back roads and small farm towns of Palouse country to melt away your stress, so load the kids in the minivan or SUV and get going.
To get to Palouse country from Issaquah, of course you’re stuck on Interstate 90 to Moses Lake. I-90 is a familiar run; even so, there are a couple of things to note: The snow shed you always looked for as a kid so you could tell dad to “honk the horn, honk the horn,” near Lake Keechelus, has disappeared to make way for highway improvements.
May 6, 2014
I’m not a gardener.
You most certainly won’t find me in the yard cutting grass, or crouched near a patch of soil pulling weeds and planting flowers.
Imagine my parents’ surprise then, when I suggested we head north for the final weekend of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
Flowers have never really been my thing, but after my April 26 exploration of the blooming tulip fields, I certainly have a new appreciation for the beauty of all things flora.
May 14, 2013
Weekend Wanderer set out mid-April for Sun Lakes/Dry Falls State Park, about a 200-mile drive from Issaquah. The clouds hung low over the mountains on Snoqualmie Pass, barely shielding their beauty, like the sheer nightgown of a bashful bride.
Somewhere near Easton, the sun began its struggle with the clouds to dominate the sky. It won east of Ellensburg.
Why Sun Lakes/Dry Falls State Park? Start with the name, sun, and add camping, swimming, fishing, golfing, sightseeing and a place to research your kid’s science project on Washington archeology.