Through Orchards of Eastern WA

Our weekly trip in Leavenworth offered the opportunity for us to extend a day or two, so we took advantage to add a longer ride to Cashmere. There is a busy highway that connects the two towns, but we were able to avoid all but three short stints of that and stayed on back roads.

The roads seemed to be made just for us (or for the farmers I suppose) with little to no traffic, and polite, patient drivers when there was any.

It is early in the season and the tree branches are bare, but there is beauty in that as well. The trees were being tended too and sprayed, and soon the blossoms will be full with another beautiful scene.

We enjoyed all the country-ish things along the way and could not resist a stop for some of them.

Once in Cashmere (home of the infamous Aplets and Cotlets, those horrendous jelly candies), we needed lunch. Susan stopped for a chat with a woman walking her preschooler home and asked for a recommendation. We would NEVER have found this place without those directions. With the somewhat hidden side door entry, and a name like Milepost 111, it seemed like one of those “knock three times and tell ‘em Joe sent you” places.

We had very delicious hamburgers and were very pleased with our meal. And we rather enjoyed the doors to the restrooms.

Our day started with sunshine and mostly blue sky, ended with cloudy sky and heavy headwinds! Next morning showed the rain that had happened during the night and was just beginning to clear. Though we have done this route a few times in the past, it had been long enough to truly enjoy it as if new! Great day.


5 response to "Through Orchards of Eastern WA"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 12, 2019

    “Once in Cashmere (home of the infamous Aplets and Cotlets, those horrendous jelly candies)”

    Never heard of them here in the Midwest — a good thing maybe? Some sort of Turkish gel/fruit confection from what I researched. Liberty Orchards apparently thinks quite a lot of them, got into some sort of conflict with the city years ago regarding naming streets after them and buying City Hall. And more.
    Besides that, nice tour thru orchard country, beautiful area, right now the apple trees look like they belong in a scene from the Wizard of Oz. 🙂 Im certain that will change soon!

    • By: NancyG Posted: April 12, 2019

      I must say, I have had those candies only once, and that was plenty for my taste. I don’t know of any local people that like them. At least not the people I know.

      It is a beautiful area and you are right about the looks of the apple trees!

      • By: Scooter Posted: April 13, 2019

        Hey, my sister and I loved those when we were children! You’re really got though. I don’t know now what we saw in them. Beautiful riding country though.

        • By: NancyG Posted: April 13, 2019

          Sorry Scott — I should have said ‘in my opinion’ about Aplets and Cotlets. ;’’-0

          Yes the riding around that area is beautiful.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: April 15, 2019

    What a beautiful ride and nice cafe find. It will take on a whole new look soon with the blooms, too. It’s always fun to be able to ride the same place in different seasons and watch the changing landscape.

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