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Hiking near Twisp, WA
We moved 118 miles north from Quincy to Twisp, WA on July 19th. We made reservations to stay at Riverbend RV Park back in early April. As it turns out, that was a good idea. Since we had never been to this area before, we had no idea that a large outdoor event named the Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival was to be held this weekend. Our campground was only located 8 miles south of the festival and all of the surrounding camping spots were full.
Aside from the beautiful scenery in the area, we were very much looking forward to meeting up with our very good friends Bill and Debi. They reside on the western side of the mountains and made the 5 hour drive to camp with us (actually beside us) for the week. Both Bill and Debi are our pickleball partners during the winter in Arizona and we have come to regard them as close friends. On this trip, however, we were "using them" for their knowledge of the area! (Debi is very familiar with Mt. Baker and pointed it out to us on several occasions during the week. Sorry, Debi, but I couldn't resist that one.)
Winthrop. Winthrop is a cute, small town with a western theme. Certainly worth a trip to visit for part of a day. Bill also discovered that Winthrop has a place to play pickleball. They convert a skating/hockey rink into 6 pickleball courts during the summer months. We played a couple of times during the week from 8-11 AM. There was usually a group of 20-30 players present with a variety of skill levels.
Sun Mountain Lodge near Winthrop.
I'll stop at this point so as to not make this entry too long. In the next blog, we'll visit the North Cascade Smokejumpers Base and take a tour of Lake Chelan via boat.
As always, thanks for stopping by to take a look!