We left Yakima early and traveled up through Yakima Canyon following the Yakima River. It was mostly cloudy, but there was some patchy blue sky and sunshine. The fall color was again outstanding.
We followed the Columbia River for awhile until we reached the town of Chelan which was a big tourist destination centered around the long and narrow Lake Chelan.
We stopped for lunch in the town of Pateros and enjoyed the view of Lake Pateros as we ate. There is just an incredible amount of water up here with lakes and rivers everywhere. Coming from dry Southern California, we are amazed. Our goal for the night was the town of Winthrop so after eating we had about a 40 mile drive to complete our day. The countryside was ablaze in fall color and in this rural farming area of rolling hills it is especially beautiful. Winthrop is another small tourist community which is know for the town center area made to look like an old western town. We were pretty skeptical as to how it would look, but it really is nice and quaint, and isn't overdone or over the top. We are staying at a great place called the River's Edge Resort on the Chewuch River which is just outside of town. We didn't really need the space, but we ended up getting a two bedroom cabin on the river with a fireplace, hot tub on the private deck and as a bonus - a washer and dryer so we could wash our clothes. This is a great time to travel as it is the off season so lodging prices have been pretty low, especially in places that cater to summer recreational travellers.
|The Chewuch River from our deck.|