The final days of this trip. We de ou last "vacation"" stop in Leavenworth for the festival fun with part of the family. Susan and I arrived on Thursday to Mary (Susan's sister) and Phil's house; Sarah and family would arrive on Friday evening and we would all have the weekend together.
On Friday I took myself on my usual bike ride loop for a few miles, while Susan and Mary had a plan to take a hike up Ski Hill.
|A pleasant house by a pond|
|Wondering if these students were practicing for tomorrow's parade|
|Bike Friendly Leavenworth|
|A piece of the River|
Upon returning home I found that Susan (exhausted from all the driving of our long trip) and Mary (exhausted from a month long stay in Korea helping with her newborn grand baby) were each taking a nap. The heck with that hike up Ski Hill -- they were tired out.
On Saturday there would be a kids parade before the regular parade and we would decorate all the bikes. But first let's explore the festivities.
|Lucy would try her hand at climbing the wall|
|And she would get up fairly high|
|Kaitlyn would do her own climbing to get to the top of the slide|
|Jaydon screams down the slide|
|And Lucy has her turn|
|The bandstand draws a small crowd for some music listening|
We gathered up bikes and people and transported to Mary's condo garage as a staging area for decorating.
|Unload bikes and decorating gear|
|Mary had provided some colorful stuff for the bikes|
|Kaitlyn thinks this is fun|
|Lucy thinks her (and their) bikes will be the prettiest in the parade.|
|Family finds the best viewing spot|
|Get to the parade start and .... wait|
|Starting of the parade|
|Jaydon would like to be riding faster!|
|Lucy paces herself too|
|Kaitlyn did her wave to everyone along the route (it was just too cute)|
And their bikes were the prettiest and best decorated in the parade -- though there were a few more with quite nice decorations as well.
After the Kids Parade, the Regular one started. At an hour and a half long, it is the longest parade I have ever been to. So many schools from around the state
had junior and senior high school bands, and many local and non-local people had elaborately decorated floats, cars and wagons.
|Unique for the Leavenworth Parade are the Alpenhorns|
After lunch at Mary and Phil's, the family did do the Ski Hill hike and I joined them for only part of it.
Lots of fun and good activity for this weekend and a fine way to close out our travels for this summer.
I don't know how I did this to myself, but a week after getting home I will be flying out to Michigan for yet more fun with my friend Vickie. Will be blogging again, so keep an eye out ;'-)