That’s right — it’s the Apple Capital of the World. It says so in big letters everywhere you look in Wenatchee. As we approached, and while we were there, and as we left, and then later as we came back through on the way home, we saw orchards, fruit stands, and all sorts of evidence of a healthy apple industry.
We did not, however, sample the apples. We did other stuff. The first of which was to park in this campsite the size of Lichtenstein, located at Wenatchee Confluence State Park.
We didn’t want to unhook because (a) we were only staying two days and felt we didn’t need to stray far from the site, (b) we had bicycles we planned to use anyway, and (c) unhooking and re-hooking causes unsightly perspiration (see future post on an upcoming power-tongue-hitch upgrade).
We stayed two nights here. Originally we had planned to stay for one night only, but then someone told us about the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail, which we will presently discuss at length. From our campsite, here is how you get to it:
This trail, which several locals called The Loop, is about 11 miles long, and forms (wait for it) a loop around part of the Columbia River. Half the trail is on the west shore, half on the east; there’s a pedestrian bridge (or at least a pedestrian path along a bigger bridge) at both the north and south ends.
If you had recently acquired bicycles and someone told you “flat trail, really nice, fun, scenic,” etc., you would change your booking at the state park to two nights, so you could try this trail. At least that’s what you would do if you were us.
As you cruise (in our case, poke) along the campground trail, you can, if you want, look across the river. That’s East Wenatchee over there.
The path wound through the park and, eventually, we found the Loop Trail and headed southbound (Confluence Park is near the north end of the Loop).
At the south end of The Loop there’s a 100+-year-old bridge, originally built to carry water to the then non-existent East Wenatchee. The idea was to make the area cultivable, by making water available. The bridge carried a pair of 12-inch pipes across (still does), and the scheme worked: orchards, houses, Walmarts, the whole thing — it all cropped up and eventually someone (Captain Obvious?) called it East Wenatchee. In the 90s, or maybe the 80s, the bridge was refurbished and a pedestrian walkway was added. So now the bridge transports both water and Loop enthusiasts across the Columbia. What doesn’t this bridge transport? Sooz. She’s not really into bridges. Yet.
And then we rode back. At some point our sitting apparati got a little tender and we realized maybe an 8 mile ride would have been just the ticket. Rookie mistake! A fun day, though. We relaxed with a glass of real wine (NOT apple wine) and (of course) a Repose Fire Log fire.
You will want to know every detail of our fire-enjoying, including a visit from local wildlife. I will provide, soon.Sharing is caring!
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