Saturday, June 01, 2019

Leavenworth, WA / Colchuk Lake

When your husband tells you he's whisking you away for an adventure (and it's 2 nights, not 1...) but doesn't share where you're off to... you go with the flow. Of course, I asked a million questions about what to pack, hoping he'd budge a bit... nope. No budge. He had everything lined up, the sweet dear ones that would be looking over our kids, the destination, the place we were staying, the things we'd be doing... it was dreamy not having to plan anything. As soon as we were headed East, I had suspicions... and then we took the turn off for Leavenworth, Wa.

Leavenworth, Wa, is a place I've been hoping to visit for quite sometime... it's a little Bavarian town, nestled in the alpine hills, right outside of the Wenatchee Forest, in the valley. A little taste for Germany, but just a 2.5 hour drive to get there. It's also a little hub for those that love being outdoors. The hiking, climbing, rafting... all at your fingertips.

After checking into our fancy hotel (the hubby picked one, a spa, where kids aren't allowed and where you can only speak with "inside voice"/noise level 1)... we ventured around... taking in all of Leavenworth's quaintness. We even enjoyed some of the spa pools/tubs/baths/saunas for a little bit before turning in for the night.

The next morning, right after breakfast, we left for a hike that was rated a 4 out of 5 in the difficult department. I definitely questioned the decision for this hike (it was an Enchantment Lake hike)... and whether we were capable of surviving it... since, we hardly hike. The hubby was confident in our physical condition/ abilities... said Crossfit prepares us for this. The drive wasn't too far out of Leavenworth... heading towards the mountains. Once we hit the back roads, they became VERY bumpy. We had almost 15 minutes of pure "off roading" bumpiness to navigate through (and my coffee went EVERYWHERE... yup, I'm that person doesn't like to put the plastic lid on a to go cup). When we got there, there were already a bunch of people parked (and we thought we were early)... definitely a place that people must hike to to camp, and also to hike early for the sunrise.  Getting started, it felt like a breezy walk... which then started to have a gradual incline. Then, we were picking up elevation like crazy the last hour of the hike. We stepped up high over some fairly decent sized boulders, crossed over waterfalls, and FINALLY made our way to the most gorgeous view of the glacier lake. It took us nearly 3 hours to get there... but worth every minute. The view was breathtaking, the water was so fresh and cold, the smells coming off the mountain were delicious (all the pine trees) and the company (my hubby) was wonderful. To see such greatness that God created... is so overwhelming. To see it on my birthday, just felt like the best present... We ate a quick little snack lunch, and made our way back down... which took another 2.5 hours... so about 6 hours roundtrip, with our stops included. When we got back to the hotel, the hubby had scheduled massages for us... and we finished off the day with a yummy dinner.

We haven't had many days together (without kids) for years... so what a special treat this was, to connect, talk (without interruptions) and share dreams for the future... Hubby, you did well.

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