My family and I migrated east to Leavenworth, WA a few months ago. Leavenworth is a pleasant community that is just as effective at draining tourists wallets as it is at providing yet somehow hiding world class mountain recreation opportunities. This is the land of hike, bike, climb, ski, paddle and moto. The air is crisper and clearer here in the winter, and penetratingly warm and therapeutic in the summer. The climbs are fucking steep, with descents on decomposed granite trail tread as grippy as #1 grit sand paper - in the right conditions.
As alpinepic as it is here, I do miss the misty magic of the Black Hills ever shrouded in grey, the smell of decaying alder and fir in the fall and the inhalation of thick, heavy saline air.
Hello from The Other Side
December 3, 2016