Saturday, July 30, 2011

We are off!

Day 1 (July 30) - The Journey begins.

The plan was for me (Mom) to drop of hubby and the kids at the train station for the 5:12 pm train. Then, I would drive up to Leavenworth while they enjoyed the train. We hadn't counted on Amtrak running almost 1 hour and a half late.
boarding the Empire Builder
So the timing was different than we had planned, but the result was the same..... we are all in Bavaria! A mini version of it at least :)
My drive to Leavenworth was lovely. It was a beautiful day, and its easy to see why this is called the American alps.  It was dusk when I pulled in to our hotel, but I could still see the Maypole and all the touches that make this town unique.
Leavenworth, WA

We are staying at the Bavarian Lodge, which is fairly new. Its very cute and cozy - kind of Bavaria meets woodsy lodge style.
The Bavarian Lodge at Dusk

two queen beds

view from the door

Est. 2005
Tomorrow we head out to our next destination.
Oh... the kids loved the train ride. I was told so a number of times :) The youngest told me she was "mostly" good for daddy on the train.

A few more pics for good measure :)
How cute is this little sno-cat?
Even Starbucks looks a little bit Bavarian... like the font?
Not sure the fancy sign makes the price easier to handle.

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