After the 2 1/2 hour drive through two mountain passes, we pulled into the beautiful town of Leavenworth with our good friends, Daren and Karla, to explore the wonderful winter village hidden there. I must admit, I’ve driven through Leavenworth before, but I’ve never had the desire to actually get out and explore. Daren was insistent that we’d love it, so we bundled up the family and made the trek. After about 10 minutes of walking around in sub freezing temperatures, I thought, why did we come here? But any doubts I had quickly went away. Daren and Karla are Leavenworth veterans. With our family in tow, we got to see all kinds of unique shops and ate in an authentic Bavarian Inn (as authentic as you can get in Washington).
We passed an ice slide that quickly caught the attention of our kids, who flung themselves down the bunny slope over and over again. Cold as I was, I became aware that this was the stuff of memories. Our kids enjoyed the time with their “friends” while Danni and I got to spend time with our friends. We talked, we ate, and filled up our camera with snapshots of the memories we were creating. Sure,they could have been made anywhere, but I won’t easily forget the freezing cold, or Justus and Hunter flying down the ice slide on their youthful knees. We won’t forget Ellie and Jael appealing to go on the carriage alone, if we didn’t want to go ourselves (we didn’t let them). Great getaways are things that help us remember what we enjoy most about life, the beautiful people and places God gives us to enjoy. What a blessing that we have so many of both here in this beautiful state.