A number of years ago, my wife and I took our kids on a rambling expedition to Leavenworth, Washington and found it to be a charming town with a Bavarian theme.  We loved the fact that the entire town joined in – the women in Alpine Dresses (actually Drndl Dresses), the men in Lederhosen, the German menus and souvenirs. It was fun to ramble back there to do this show. I hope you enjoy this treat.

More importantly, though, I hope you’l take this as a testimonial to the enduring value of exploring and find these hidden gems that become that special place in your memory – the place you hope to visit again…someday. Well, my show has given me the opportunity to do just that.

Leavenworth is in the center of the State of Washington, just up the river from Wenatchee. Here is a map of Leavenworth from which you can map directions from your location.

To find details about any-and-everything about Leavenworth, go to their site, Leavenworth.org.

Leavenworth has a very active community theater, for which they have an elaborate webpage: Leavenworth Summer Theater. The Community does shows throughout the year. But, their production of The Sound of Music is a summer-long hit.

Here is the community’s Calendar of Events, which is highly detailed, but will help if you know when you would like to visit and want to find out what’s happening at that time. Here is a website that might help you if you have some flexibility and want to try to visit for one of the major festivals, Leavenworth Festivals.

The gentleman that I interviewed in the show, Ron Orcutt, Owner/Operator of Metal Waterfall Gallery, sent an e:mail with some information that we missed in our interview, and to thank me for interviewing him – which I appreciated, because I am grateful to him for allowing me to interview him. What he wanted to let me share was that Leavenworth is also a popular destination for both Mountain Biking and Rock Climbing.

There is so much MORE about this community than I could possibly cover in my show or this website. I just want to encourage you to ramble out to Leavenworth, and see it for yourself. But, the very purpose of this show is to encourage you to get out and do your own rambling; find your own special rambling spot!

And, as always, I encourage you to make sure that when you do your own rambling, you are doing so in a safe, well-maintained vehicle.

Your Defensive Driving Tip for the Week:

I’ve been giving you a defensive driving tip every week since this show started. But, what is defensive driving? It’s the realization that you are not at the mercy of fate; you don’t have to be at the mercy of other drivers, or even your own bad driving habits. Defensive driving is a realization that there are driving attitudes, actions and behaviors that can lessen your chances of being involved in an accident. If you drive with an attitude of anticipation, you can often avoid an accident by responding to subtle things that seem to be not-quite-right, before a situation becomes critical. If you use safe driving actions and behaviors all the time, you will develop defensive driving habits that will be more automatic when you need them. So, when you get behind the wheel, make the decision that getting your vehicle and your passengers to your destination safely is the only important activity for you until you arrive safely and park your vehicle. Put everything else out of your mind and concentrate on driving defensively.

Until my next post, here’s wishing you…Safe Rambling!