|The view from the reading chair. Morning clouds.|
So let me lay this out while it's (relatively) fresh.
The next morning, I was the first one up. (I was also the last one to sleep the night before - lack of beer and a writing deadline will do that to a DD. I spent that time in the morning enjoying the quiet and the early morning view. I curled up with the book I'm currently reading (Blackout by Mira Grant) a hot drink, and a piece of toast as clouds started to clear from the valley. I turned on some quiet Josh Groban music on my iHome I brought along and kept the volume very low, so as not to disturb my housemates. The pages turned, the characters went on their zombie-killing way (it's a post-apocolyptic novel) and the morning felt nearly perfect.
And then My Sailor woke up and joined me, taking over the camera for a bit...
And making it decidedly more difficult to read.
|Did someone say hot chocolate?|
While our friends were getting ready for the day, My Sailor took a few "ghostly" photos using the reflections in the windows.
|I'll admit it. This one took me a little post production.|
Once we headed out, we spent the afternoon in Leavenworth's downtown. Strolling in and out of shops, the biggest hits were:
The Oil and Vinegar shop where we strolled around a cellar shop tasting different light and dark basalmic vinegars infused with different things like figs, cherries, lavender, lemon, ginger and other goodies. They also carried infused olive oils. We ended up bringing home a delicious white basalmic vinegar, a cherry balamic aged 18 years, and a tunsian olive oil. (Homemade salads are now something we look forward to since we've turned these finds into some amazing home made salad dressings!)
The Cured meat shop where My Sailor picked up some delicious locally made sausages and I picked up some locally made honey cremes. Tastings are a wonderful thing!
The shops were all bustling and I can't wait to see Leavenworth during the Holidays sometime! I'm sure it'll be even more magical all lit up with snow on the buildings... Though this was so much fun, it might just become a new tradition!
That's one thing I can say for Washington - there are no shortage of seasonal festivals here! Most towns don't have movie theaters with stadium seating (like I grew accustomed to in California), but there is a real warmth and charm here that seems to be missing from the big cities. (And trust me, when our home town has under 10,000 people in it, Escondido, California looks like a big city.)
I'll sum up the ride home with this montage. My Sailor took lots of amazing photos! Please enjoy! (He'd love to read your comments - hint hint.)