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Weekend Trip to Lake Wenatchee Part Two

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Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee

After we went snowshoeing, which if you want to read about is available at the Lake Wenatchee Part One blog post, we spent a few hours down in Leavenworth, Washington. My favorite thing to do there is to get a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Caramel Apple. I got it and some other candies, and we probably stopped in every single store downtown. There was an outdoors store that sold some Woolrich pants one of my friends got, an art gallery that sold metal wall art of the mountains and trees, a bookstore, and so so much more. Leavenworth is a pretty little town but it's my favorite when there's snow on the ground. We happened to go the same weekend as their ice festival so there were lots of other people in town watching the ice carvings and various contests and races.

Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee and Leavenworth
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee and Leavenworth

After our time in Leavenworth we went back to the cabin and cooked burgers. We got up early the next morning to head home and made a couple of stops along the way. We had second breakfast at the Cascadia Inn in Skykomish and then made another stop on the side of Stevens Pass Highway to look at some massive icicles hanging from the cliff on the other side of the river.

Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee

My L.L. Bean Thinsulate boots worked for this little stop fairly well. I fell through the ice once or twice but the water below was only a few inches deep so my feet stayed dry. I am planning on getting waterproof hiking boots in the next week or two though, when the coupons from REI come out with the REI member dividend.

Do you have any favorite places to stop or explore in the Cascade Mountains near Steven's Pass?

Bridesmaid Dress Tips

Northwest Pearls: Bridesmaid Dress Tips I was asked to be maid of honor in a wedding recently. The bride and I don't live near each other though so she gave me her specifications for the bridesmaid dresses, what color it should be and how long, and then let me pick out what I wanted. Because she chose a national chain I was able to look online at dresses and send her the links to the ones I liked to see what she thought.

I called the store and asked if I needed an appointment and was told "no" but when I got there they were really busy and I think that they wanted me to have made an appointment, so it probably would have been a good idea to make one. I tried on a few of the dresses, settled on one, and placed the order. They gave me a date for when it would be ready, it was about three months away, and off I went.

When it came in it needed alterations, something else you need to make an appointment for, so I made an appointment. But then I was thinking, I know an amazing seamstress and besides, the alteration is simple enough that the dry cleaners can probably do it.

So I took it to the dry cleaners and they were able to make the alteration in less than a week while the national store had quoted me a month do get it done. And I'm virtually positive that the price was cheaper from the dry cleaners.

So my tips for getting a bridesmaid dress are:

  • Make an appointment.
  • Bring your shoes and underthings with you.
  • Make sure you've eaten recently.
  • Bring water.
  • Go as early as possible. Another bridesmaid had her dress come in a month late which was pressing it for the wedding.
  • Get your dress at a place near you. One bridesmaid ordered hers in the town the wedding was going to be in but didn't get back there until two days before the wedding. So we were a little apprehensive that the dress would even fit.
  • See if a dry cleaners or a local seamstress can alter your dress. It might cost less!

Do you have any tips to add in the comments?

Araya's Place and University District

Some friends and I met up for dinner at Araya's Place, a vegan Thai restaurant in Seattle. I'm not vegan, but the food was really good! One of my friends ordered Tom Kah soup. It has mushrooms and lemon (I think.) I had a small bowl of it.

Northwest Pearls: Tom Kah Soup

I ordered Panang Curry with brown rice. A former roommate turned me onto Panang curry and since then I've had a jar of it in my fridge but this was so much better!

Northwest Pearls: Panang Curry

And I had enough to take home and eat the next day for lunch!

After dinner two of us went to University Village.

We grabbed drinks at Elemental Pizza; I had a virgin EMP, which was a mojito, and she had what was called a Rain Drop, and was basically a Lemon Drop. Both drinks were great.

Here's my EMP.

Northwest Pearls: EMP

And I thought that the sign for the bar was clever.

Northwest Pearls: Bar Sign

We walked around, went to Anthropologie, J. Crew, Fran's Chocolates, and so many other places. I love University Village. One of these days when I've got more time (and more spending money) I'm definitely going to go back!

Have you tried any new restaurants lately?

How Much to Bring to College

I've got more clothes than I need, so when I was packing for college, and for a limited space, I was freaking out over how much was too much. Then, a friend told me that I was moving there, and I would need whatever I had needed at home, while taking into account the different climate.

With that philosophy in mind, I brought lots of clothes, more than I needed, but they all fit in the room. I had decided before hand that whatever fit in my room, I would keep, and whatever just couldn't fit, I would send home with my parents. But it all fit, as far as I remember.

And since I went to college just 300 miles away from home, I came home every 6 weeks or so, and I would use that time to switch out parts of my wardrobe. I'd trade in my sandals for boots, my shorts for pants etc. But for those who go away further or don't go home as often, you should probably make sure that you've got all the clothes to last until you do go home. Or at least plan on buying what you need as the weather gets colder. I never needed a heavy duty winter jacket until I went away to college. So in October, which was early, but my mom was in town, she and I went to a NorthFace store and found a jacket for me. The people who worked there lived in that climate, and were able to give suggestions on what kind of coat I would want.

So if you're having trouble deciding on what to pack, remember, you will be living there for the next few years. And bring enough variation that you can dress up for an interview, or dress up for a dance.

Does anyone else have any suggestions on how much to bring to college?