Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Pacific Northwest - The Final Chapter

After good times in Seattle, we headed out a bit further on Monday. We decided to go to Leavenworth. It's about an hour and a half from my sister's house and is on the other (eastern) side of the Cascade Mountains. Being on the other side of the mountains, it is, therefore, a bit warmer. I was excited about the fact that I could finally wear shorts. On the way to Leavenworth we stopped at a couple of beautiful waterfalls to check them out. I thought they looked pretty cool, but Tracy said there was a lot less water going through since it was late in the summer.

Mr. Frisby checks out Eagle Falls

Mr. Frisby, Me, Tracy, and Shannon at Eagle Falls

Mr. Frisby and I at Eagle Falls

Deception Falls

Me and Tracy at Deception Falls

After our brief stops, it was on to Leavenworth. Leavenworth is a small "Bavarian" town. Walking around, it's like walking through a little town in the Bavarian Alps. See:

Leavenworth's Main Drag

I was very excited when we stopped for ice cream and I saw they had Licorice flavor. Mmmm. I love Licorice flavored ice cream! I think one kid was a little disturbed to see me eating black ice cream. I heard his mom trying to explain what it was as they passed by. The blackened mouth was totally worth it.


Mr. Frisby and I in Leavenworth

When we got back from Leavenworth that evening, we had some dinner and then decided to take the Jeeps out for some 4 wheeling for FHE. It started raining before we headed out, but if you've ever been to Washington, you know that you can't let the rain stop you. So, we went 4 wheeling in the rain and had an awesome time! We all went, so there were four of us in each Jeep. The red Jeep had myself, Mr. Frisby, Jesse, and Holly. It's a 4 wheel drive Jeep, but not totally decked out for crazy stuff. Jesse did most of the driving, but Holly, Mr. Frisby and I all got turns, too. The white Jeep had John, Tracy, Mark, and Shannon. It's totally decked out for 4 wheeling craziness and when Mr. Frisby and I climbed in it for the ride home and saw the AC, digital clock and dome lights, we decided it was the Rolls Royce of Jeep Wranglers.

The red Jeep during Mr. Frisby's turn driving. I'm in the front and Holly and Jesse are in the back.

The white Jeep with John at the wheel, Tracy in the passenger seat, and Shannon and Mark in the back.

The place we went is about 20 minutes from John and Tracy's house and it had some awesome trails. It was getting dark, it was raining, and it was a bumpy ride, so most of the pictures we took are pretty blurry. However, I think they turned out pretty cool:

This one is one of my faves

After our 4 Wheeling FHE, we went home and had Tracy's Blackberry Pie. After all, what FHE is complete without dessert?

The next day was our last day in Washington, so we packed up and relaxed around the house until it was time to head to the airport. On the way to the airport we stopped at Snoqualmie Falls to enjoy a little bit more of Washington's natural beauty before heading home to the Golden State. We checked out the Falls from the top and then hiked down about a half mile to the bottom.

Snoqualmie Falls from the top

Mr. Frisby and I at the bottom of the Falls

All in all, it was a great vacation. We packed in a lot of stuff and had tons of fun. And now, Mr. Frisby can add another place to his list of countries he's visited. Thanks for the good times, Van Horns!


melissa ( : said...

Okay - I SO want to go on vacation with you and Mr. Frisby. You guys sure know how to have fun!!

(Were you far from Forks, WA.??)

Molly said...

1. You have nice legs.
2. Licorice is gross! But the black mouth is hilarious!
3. Rain? Can it rain here, please? I would LOVE some rain.
4. Those waterfalls are beautiful!
5. What a fun vacation.

Hilary said...

I need to get my man some of that there black ice cream.

Dalene said...

I am so glad you guys had an awesome trip - what great parts of the world you got to see! I did not even know that licorice ice-cream existed. You know what they say about black licorice...

mommafriz said...

I agree with melissa, I want to go on vacation with you two, you really do know how to have fun!

MomandDad said...

you have some great pictures. It really is a beautiful place. The black licorice cream looks great. I love black licorice ice cream. Glad you guys had so much fun.

Dana said...

I was thinking that you have nice legs too! Beautiful, thats all I can say

Sharon said...

Sorry I didn't check out your posts earlier. Crazy around here. But my favorite part of your vacation was when Tracy told the border guard she didn't think there were any guns in the car. Perfect! And she was right to wonder. In all honesty, I don't think I've ever seen John without a gun concealed somewhere on him or his vehicle. Except of course when we went swimming and I drove. Well, maybe he hid a gun in my car. . .

Gordita said...

I don't know what they say about black licorice. Expound...