Tuesday, October 13, 2015

First Saturday.......

I haven't talked a lot about humidity for the last 6 weeks, but, as one might imagine, it is quite humid along the Oregon and Washington Coasts where we have spent those 6 weeks.......typically the humidity ran from the mid 70 percentile to mid 80's most of the time reaching 100% on those occasions when it rained.  Now that we have passed over the Cascades it is not only visibly dryer, the humidity has dropped into the 30 and 40 percentile.  What makes high humidity more bearable, for me, is the much lower temperatures along the coast.  Now, for the next 5 weeks we will be in much dryer conditions as we begin our meander southward to SoCal for the holidays.


It was still coolish around 0900 when we decided to take a walk down to the river's edge to enjoy the morning ambiance of Wenatchee River County Park.  The leaves are beginning to change here, but my poor attempt to capture the brilliant colors appearing in the local flora came up short........


Monday seemed like a good day for TLE and I to do what we enjoy most when in a new to us town, so we drove into the larger than expected Wenatchee to check it out.  In my mind I pictured a little river side town with maybe a 2, or 3 block downtown.  What we found was a town large enough to boast a Super Walmart, Home Depot, Target, etc.  Their down town area, or 'old town area', if you will, is quite vibrant.  TLE directed me first to the 'Pybus Public Market'......



.....there is a combination of cool little restaurants, shops featuring various arty type products from local artisans, produce stands featuring local products,  as well as a very nice meat market.  We spied a local brew pub called Wenatchee Valley Brewing Company......Yelp reviewers have pushed their rating down to 3.5 stars because they do not yet offer their own brews....they have been open just 4 weeks.....


.......this is not really a negative to us......as you can see from the picture of their numerous micro brew offerings many from the Pacific Northwest....in fact several of them are from local micro breweries..... 


.....I chose the Lost Abbey 10 Commandments, 12.5 ABV (Lost Abbey Brewing, California), and TLE chose the Sockeye Purple Haze Stout, 6.5 ABV (Sockeye Brewing, Idaho).  For lunch I ordered the Kobe Beef Slider appetizer, and TLE ordered their chopped salad, both which we split between the two of us......both items were scrumptious.....we would give them a solid 4 stars.


Although we were sitting inside our server (pictured above by the beer offerings board) opened up a large 'roll up door' to let in the outside.  They have outdoor seating, but no umbrellas, so we chose to sit inside.....with the roll up door open we had the best of both worlds.

TLE picked up some fresh steelhead salmon, and some fresh veggies for dinner, and then we headed out to explore an interesting antique shop (Antique Mall of Wenatchee...Yelp gives them 4.5 stars) in the downtown area with three floors of very interesting 'stuff', then over to the local Goodwill before heading back to the county park by 1500.  It was the kind of day spent with TLE that I have come to love......

I grilled the salmon steak around 1800 hours to which TLE added a caper/cilantro sauce, fresh steamed spinach, and white rice......a very nice way to end a very enjoyable, relaxing day.

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