Gemütlichkeit – Grüße from Leavenworth, Washington

Post by blogger | June 30, 2011      

I’ll admit it. Like a kid who gets a new set of Legos every time he asks, we’re used to being handed the blue sky of Colorado nearly every time we look out the window. Rain jacket? What’s that? So we’re been waiting out a few days of cloudy PNW weather till we could get more skiing under the azure heavens instead of the gray wetness. A standard deal up here is that the farther east you go the dryer it gets, so we headed over to the faux Bavarian metropolis of Leavenworth, Washington to do some cragging and eat spaetzle. Check it out.

Leavenworth, Washington by way of the olden country, other than the gigantic fruit warehouse in the middle of everything.

Leavenworth, Washington by way of the olden country, other than the gigantic abandoned fruit warehouse in the middle of everything the town is actually kinda cute in a touristy sort of way.

Dinner with King Ludwig, Leavenworth, Washington.

What gives me a chuckle about Leavenworth is that while indeed overall somewhat cheesy, you can find some pretty good food and beer, not to mention the amazing must-see museum of nutcrackers. For the food side, we let web reviews lead us to King Ludwig restaurant, where we ate pleasantly authentic schweinsschnitzel and other such accouterments from the old country, while quaffing a few tasty brews. When they broke out the accordion player doing a medley from the Sound of Music, Louie wasn't quite on board for that. Me on the other hand, I was singing along and waving my beer stein along with the best of 'em.

Beer selection was quite nice, appreciated, while pricey.

Beer selection was quite nice.

We found a mixture of nice quality sport and trad climbing up Tumwater and Icicle canyons. Modern rock climbing always amazes me with the effort and expense route developers go through to equip climbs, mostly motivated by their creative impulse, mixed with the fun of getting their name in the guidebook. Or perhaps they just like the feel of an electric drill in their hands. Perhaps they were boys raised on finger paint and Nintendo, and when they finally got the real manly toys in their hands, they went wild? Who knows, but the results make rock climbing fun.

Leavenworth window woman.

I could have researched the fascinating history of this gal by entering her establishment and buying some trinkets. Instead, I leave her top-heavy epistemology open to speculation. Word is she climbs 5.14.

Leavenworth rock climbing and backcountry skiing supplies.

Aha, we were tempted by the museum of nutcrackers, but having already been to Chuckanut Drive as well as getting bucked off my bicycle a few times on the Galbraith trails, I really wasn't all that interested in nut crackers. But wait, isn't this some sort of new climbing gear developed in Leavenworth? We'll find out tomorrow, when we check out more of those clumps of artificial edelweiss hanging from the Tumwater crags.


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16 Responses to “Gemütlichkeit – Grüße from Leavenworth, Washington”

  1. Randonnee June 30th, 2011 12:09 pm

    Were those flowers Tweedy’s Lewisia, ‘Rock Lillies?’ A flower found in few places including the Wenatchee Mountains.

  2. Greg Louie June 30th, 2011 12:21 pm

    If you don’t like the Sound of Music classics, there’s always the Woody Goomsba rap vid:

  3. gringo June 30th, 2011 1:42 pm

    Ne, mit da König Luggi, Spaten, Radler, und as Medi mit d geile oberweite…sieht Ja Bayrische üüs, gell?

  4. Scott Nelson June 30th, 2011 3:17 pm

    Nice to see you some rock Lou (or I guess Lisa). Don’t worry you’re not missing much here, its cloudy and raining. But sunny in the mornings. Typical.

  5. Lou June 30th, 2011 6:59 pm

    That’s Lisa up there leading a 5.14, she’s really improved since her introductory rock climbing class a few weeks ago. Amazing how well modern climbing shoes work.

  6. Lou June 30th, 2011 7:41 pm

    Gringo, jawohl! Or, si, senor? An Durst haett ich, aber kein Geld.

  7. Lou June 30th, 2011 7:54 pm

    Jeez guys, I can’t say anything about China without getting schooled, and i misspell “Leavenworth in the post title? Get with the program!

  8. SteveG July 1st, 2011 1:08 pm

    Leavenworth. A fun town with a strong winter sports club. I skied in their Hog Loppet 2 years ago with my son and 18 month old grand daughter. Can’t wait to do it again.

  9. Nick D July 1st, 2011 11:37 pm

    Welcome Lou to the PNW . I’ve really enjoyed your trip reports, if you cross the borrder it will be the BC SW. Louie has, no doubt, filled you on the meteorogical differences – there is a reason that Goretex was invented. God intended us to ski in the rain with a smile on our faces – besides giving us beer to make us happy .Who was the American sage who said that?

  10. brian h July 2nd, 2011 10:26 am

    That’d be Ben Franklin-” Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”. And when you throw in mountains and snow it’s a beautiful world.

  11. Lou July 2nd, 2011 7:11 pm

    Well, we just spent a couple of bluebird days skiing Muir Snowfield on Rainier a few times. Was outstanding. Found ourselves too tired to set up for a summit, and too many people around anyway for the regular route to be safe and quick, so we just mellowed out and enjoyed ourselves. I guess I need a rest day…

  12. dan July 2nd, 2011 10:36 pm

    glad you had fun, it was cool meeting you guys there!

  13. Jonathan Shefftz July 3rd, 2011 11:51 am

    Shasta was so sunny on Thursday that I burnt my tongue.

  14. Lou July 3rd, 2011 1:14 pm

    Hey Dan, great to meet you as well, nice job on all those ski routes you’ve been doing!

  15. Geordie Romer June 16th, 2013 10:23 am

    You’ll be happy to hear that the horrible abandoned fruit warehouse has finally been torn down. Mostly it is being replaced by parking with some new retail space (Bavarian themed of course).

  16. Lou Dawson June 16th, 2013 4:54 pm

    Heard the big attraction will be a clock tower. Okayyyyyyyy…. hopefully it’ll be like that one in Switzerland with the bird that pops out, that’ll keep all the tourons occupied! But seriously, nice to hear the town is going to utilize that space, I also hear about ice skating rink, those can be very nice for a town center. Lou

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