Category Archives: NCW Happenings

Food Truck Event Coming To East Wenatchee And North Central Washington

Food Truck Event Coming To East Wenatchee
We’re big fans of unique and interesting events coming to North Central Washington. With that in mind, check out this very cool happening coming to East Wenatchee in September!
Washington Food Truck Festival - East Wenatchee
This event will see multiple food trucks come in from all over the state to produce for you their signature dishes. Also included in the event will be inflatables for the kids, a vendor fair, and a battle of the bands. There’s also a food truck challenge too!

Admission is $5 and kids 12 and under get in free.

This event is hosted by Cherry Creek Media.

WASHINGTON FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL
Saturday, September 23rd – 11am – 7pm

Location: Eastmont Four Plex (255 N. Georgia Avenue)

Two recommendations if you’re a fan of food trucks.

Check out the movie: Chef

Check out the reality series: The Great Food Truck Race

WSDOT Drone Footage From North Cascades Highway Reopening

This week we got a treat from the Washington State Department of Transportation when they released drone footage taken from some of the last efforts in the reopening of the very scenic North Cascades Highway. The North Cascades Highway is a popular scenic byway that connects Western Washington and Eastern Washington in the northernmost part of the state. Vacationers taking that route get the opportunity to see the high mountain peaks, incredible scenic views, and the interesting sites and communities like Winthrop, Mazama, Washington Pass, Rainy Pass, Diablo Dam, Ross Lake, Newhalem, and more. The pass is closed during the winter months though because of heavy snow and avalanche danger. This means each spring, the WSDOT has to commence reopening operations. Those operations go a little something like this:

That’s hard and dangerous work up there and those crews do a great job. If you haven’t had the opportunity to take that trip, we can’t recommend it more highly. Drive the North Cascades Highway this summer, for sure!

Local Cause: Help Us Preserve Alta Lake

During a recent drive through Pateros that included a stop off at a very tasty bakery, I noticed an interesting banner hanging on the nearby fence.

Pateros - Help Preserve Alta Lake

I followed up and checked on the gofundme specifics and it looks like a very worthwhile local cause.

Alta Lake is located near Pateros and Alta Lake State Park, which barely survived the Carlton Complex fire in 2014, sits right on its shores. There are a lot of activities you can participate in right there, on the water and on the shore, like swimming, boating, fishing, camping, hiking, jet skiing, paddle boarding, and more.

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About 50 years ago, the snowpack that feeds Alta Lake started to become insufficient to keep the lake level high enough for the campers, recreational users, and local residents. A pump was installed in the 1970s to bring water up from the Columbia River behind Wells Dam to add to the water volume in Alta Lake. This solution was later discontinued in the 1980s. Since 2006, local residents and Washington State Parks have partnered to resume the pumping.

With all of the cutbacks in state government budgets in recent years, state parks was unable to continue this effort. Now, without help, the water level of Alta Lake could decrease over the coming years to the point where it would no longer be a usable asset.

So if you or anyone you can think of might be interested:

Go Fund Me: Alta Lake

Rocky Reach Dam Gets New Playground Toys!

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Rocky Reach Dam has been a popular North Central Washington attraction for years. No matter how often you go there, you can always find something fun or interesting. There’s the wide open grassy areas, the beautiful landscaping, the multiple viewpoints to check out the dam from, the visitor’s center, fish viewing windows, the opportunity to view the powerhouse, the Museum of the Columbia, and so much more.

Youngsters know that going to Rocky Reach Dam also means going crazy outside on the playground toys.

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Good news in that regard as Rocky Reach Dam has recently installed BRAND NEW playground toys… and the kids are LOVING them. The slides are some of the tallest in the area for playground toys and there’s all sorts of other interesting contraptions to explore and climb too. There’s even a very cool and unique swing to ride on too.

Upgrading the playground toys at the dam is sure to continue to help make it one of the more popular attractions in the region. Perfect as a destination and also as a place to stop off while driving through the area.

Way to go Chelan County PUD!

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Firefighter Memorial Procession Photos – Wenatchee

At the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee today is the memorial service for the three brave firefighters who passed away recently in the firefighting efforts in Okanogan County. Prior to that, a very impressive procession of emergency responders made its way from the north end of town through the city streets. All along the way, people turned out to show their support and it was very impressive to say the least.

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April 16, 2015 – Travis Tritt Comes To Wenatchee

Travis Tritt burst onto the scene in 1989 with his first single, Country Club. This was followed by the album of the same name and it immediately announced to the world that country music had a new voice. Since that time, Tritt has put out an amazing catalog of songs, some of them becoming signature songs of the 1990s and 2000s.

On April 16, 2015, country music fans in North Central Washington will get the chance to see and hear this gifted entertainer in person. He will be appearing at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee and is sure to put on one of his legendary shows.

If you go, expect to hear classic Travis Tritt songs like Here’s a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares), Where Corn Don’t Grow, Best of Intentions, The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’, Tell Me I Was Dreaming, Foolish Pride, and of course T-R-O-U-B-L-E. Travis Tritt is a one of a kind artist and puts on a show that you’ll never forget.

Get tickets to what is sure to be one of the best shows to come to North Central Washington this year: Travis Tritt – Wenatchee Tickets

April 12, 2015 – Sheryl Crow is Coming to Wenatchee

In the late 1980s, Sheryl Crow was touring with Michael Jackson and singing background vocals for names like Don Henley and Stevie Wonder. It wouldn’t be long though for this talented singer-songwriter to become a headliner in her own right.

With her debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club, in 1993, Sheryl Crow was on the map. She would go on to write tons of memorable songs, sell millions of albums, and take part in tours that took her and her music all around the world.

That same Sheryl Crow is coming to Wenatchee on April 12th, 2015. She’ll take the stage at the Town Toyota Center and is sure to put on the kind of show she has become known for. North Central Washington residents will be able to sing along on songs like All I Wanna Do, Everyday is a Winding Road, Soak Up the Sun, If It Makes You Happy, A Change Would Do You Good, and more. It’s sure to be a great show by a great artist.

Get your tickets here: Sheryl Crow – Wenatchee – Tickets

2014 Wanapum Dam Drawdown Photos – Crescent Bar

With the drawdown of Lake Wanapum behind Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River, thanks to a huge crack found in the dam, some of North Central Washington’s scenery has taken on a different look. The river looks narrower, there’s a “bathtub ring” visible on the rock walls, and there is quite a bit of exposed river bed. Here are a few photos from the popular Crescent Bar area.

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Just north of Crescent Bar, the waterline is very recognizable on the rock walls and there are several rocks exposed that usually sit below the water.

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As we dropped down into Crescent Bar, I found the odd look of that exposed riverbed a bit surprising. It resembles an ocean beach at low tide in a lot of ways.

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Like most of us, I’m used to seeing the marina at Crescent Bar as one of the social hot spots with boats and jet skis coming in and out at all hours. The look of it now is more than just a little unusual.