This is the first blog on my new website. Hubby and I are embarking on a trip to Washington State. We plan to join the Dunford/Morry/Grant families on the Washington coast for the annual Moclips Labor Day reunion. In the meantime, we will check out the “Cascades Loop.” (More about the loop later.) ┬áBrother Tom met us at our hotel morning for breakfast. He brought a travelog for us and supplies to use when we hike: backpack, water bottles, chairs, hiking poles, etc. What a fantastic brother!

Museum of Flight

The B-17 "Flying Fortress" bomber
The B-17 “Flying Fortress” bomber

Before beginning our Cascades Loop tour, we took Tom’s recommendation and visited the Museum of Flight in Seattle, not far from our hotel. We used the AudioTour as we walked around viewing all the planes. I took a ride in a World War II flight simulator, while my motion-challenged husband stood outside and held my purse. We were thrilled to tour the museum and we were also excited head out on our adventure. Our next stop was lunch and then Snoqualmie Falls.

Cascades Loop

The Cascades Loop is the name given to the tour around the Cascades Mountains of Washington State. The loop begins to the east of Seattle and goes around Mount Baker and back toward Seattle. We will begin our loop drive by driving southeast out of Seattle and continue on a counter-clockwise direction. The first stop on our route is Snoqualmie Falls.

Snoqualmie Falls

"Snoqualmie Falls"
Snoqualmie Falls

Like many names found in this area, Snoqualmie Falls has a wonderful old Indian name. The falls can be found a short walk from the parking lot. We had a wonderful vantage point and I took photos with my big camera as well as my iPhone. Even late in the summer the amount of water coming over the falls was tremendous.

Leavenworth, WA

Our Next stop was Leavenworth, WA. The town is like little Switzerland with all the hotels, restaurants and stores sharing the Bavarian theme. Beautiful window boxes filled with vibrant blooms everywhere you look. Stay tuned for another post tomorrow from Leavenworth, Washington.