Leavenworth is Washington's own little Bavarian village nestled at the base of the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains. It's charming, it's surreal, it's a wee bit tacky, and if you find yourself in central Washington, it's worth a stop. Especially if you like schnitzel or shopping. Or lederhosen.
Last week, we spent the afternoon in Leavenworth with our friend Nadi, who was visiting from Colorado.
They rolled out the willkommen wagon when we arrived! Such hospitality!
Nadi helped carry Wylla as we toured the touristy town.
He quickly learned the answers to all the FAQs we receive when traveling with Wylla, and could field any question that came his way.
Of course, Craig carried her too.
And was stopped more than once for photographs.
The town is filled with flowers. There are lush planter boxes and hanging baskets everywhere.
And each basket or planter is packed.
With plants and pretzels.
We were happy to see Wylla wasn't the only cat in town!
We even saw a couple of bears!
Sometimes bears and cats get along. Sometimes they don't.
There are many beer gardens in Leavenworth, which is awesome because when there's outdoor seating at a restaurant, pets are often welcome.
So we had lunch and beers with Wylla. Well, we had lunch and beers. Wylla had treats and water.
And enjoyed a little rest on Craig's lap.
After we had our fill of bears and beers, we headed back to the car, then over the mountains and back to Tacoma.
Goodbye little Bavaria!