WASHINGTON — Despite my earlier declaration of love for all things mountains and hiking, the reality is that we can’t indulge in those things all of the time. As fall in the northern mountains turns from golden yellow to brown and below freezing nights become the norm, it’s time for us to start moving south. Not too fast though! With a long winter playing the southwest shuffle ahead of us, we’re not wanting to arrive in the desert quite yet. So from our last stop in Winthrop, we head south, but only a few hours south to the central part of the state where apple and pear orchards outnumber people by a wide margin.
Our destination is Ellensburg for a cider and music festival. Tim learned about the small four-band festival a few months ago and since its location fit in perfectly with our plan to drive south through Nevada (we just couldn’t face the prospect of traveling all the way through CA on I-5), we decided to would be a fun way to spend a fall weekend. But first, we had to find a place to stay.
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