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Wednesday July 27- Wenatchee, Lake Chelan, Twist, Winthrop

We had an appointment at the Honda Dealer in Wenatchee.

The only reason that we were taking the car to the dealership was that we needed some things done that Bob did not feel we could get done anywhere else. So we arrived in time for our 9:30 appointment. One of the items on the list was for the brakes to be checked. Unfortunately, we needed new front brakes. So it was another hour and a half waiting. We had taken the dogs with us, as we knew it was going to be a long day. This 1.5 extra hours made it even longer. When we left the dealership, we continued on the Cascade Loop. Our first stop was at Lake Chelan. The lake and valley are surrounded by thousands of acres of the North Cascades National Park, sitting in central  Washington State. The pristine, 50.5 mile glacier-fed lake is 1.5 miles at its widest and 1486 ft. at its deepest point. It is a popular summer destination with lots of water activities. 
We drove up as far as Earthquake Point. In the 1800’s an earthquake occurred which split the mountain at this point and stopped the Columbia River for several hours.

We continued north to the towns of Twist and Winthrop. What a waste of time and gas! Twist is the home of the first Forest Fire Smoke Jumpers. here are the dormitories and the jumping tower. There was nothing going on when we were there. 

They do tours, but it was getting so late that we just drove through the area. 8 miles north was the town of Winthrop. The tourist guide states that it is a replica of an old west town. What a joke! They had 3 buildings, built like the old west. That was it!

Fortunately, we found a back way out of the area, as the main road had construction, which had held us up on the northern drive. We drove back, the 88 miles, to Wanetachee, then west back through Leavenworth to the campground. We arrived back at the motor home at 7:15, ate a quick dinner, and basically collapsed and went to bed.

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