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Tumwater Pipeline Bridge – Don’t Just Drive By

Tumwater Canyon is a beautiful drive most times of the year. You get to see the rugged rocky canyon walls, the raging Wenatchee River, and can even stop at places like Tumwater Dam, The Alps Candy Store, or Swift Current Picnic Area. Another spot worth checking out is one that usually just gets driven right by, the Tumwater Pipeline Bridge.

The entrance to the parking lot of this secluded little spot is just a couple miles west of Leavenworth. Find a parking spot, walk down to the little beach, there’s even a restroom there. Take a look around though. Look at the decaying walls and leftover building remnants that make up the spot where you’ve parked your car. You’re parked right where a pretty decent sized powerhouse once sat, making electricity from water from the Wenatchee River to use to help the electric trains get through the Old Cascade Tunnel under Stevens Pass to the west side of the mountains.

Tumwater Pipeline Bridge - Tumwater Canyon
All around are remnants of the old powerhouse.

That water was brought to the power generating plant through a pipeline from the Tumwater Dam. That pipeline came down the south side of the Wenatchee River and crossed the river on a bridge before reaching this spot. The building is long gone as is the pipeline, but the bridge is still there.

Tumwater Canyon - Pipeline Bridge
The Tumwater Pipeline Bridge – Tumwater Canyon

Walk around the “Road Closed” barricade at the west end of the parking area and a very short trail leads you to the pipeline bridge. Basically, the bridge is just as it was back in the time of power production except for the top half of the pipe having been cut off. The lower section was then filled in with material to give it a flat surface and a pedestrian bridge was born. The trail continues up the path of the old pipeline grade on the other side of the river and offers a nice leisurely stroll along the Wenatchee River. When you reach a large rock pile, you’ve reached the end. Some people do scramble over the rocks while most turn around and return to the pipeline bridge and the parking area.

Tumwater Pipeline Bridge - Tumwater Canyon
The beach area along the Wenatchee River.

When water is lower in late summer, the beach area grows and offers enough space for a few families to enjoy the sun and the cold water of the Wenatchee River.

The Tumwater Pipeline Bridge is another of the many fun stops along Highway 2 in Tumwater Canyon.

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

The Piccadilly Circus Is Coming To Wenatchee!

It’s really cool when neat attractions and events come to North Central Washington.

On October 20th, Wenatchee welcomes the Piccadilly Circus to town. This unique circus has been entertaining adults and children both for 25 years. The sound everyone wants to hear at a circus is laughter and there will be plenty of that to go around as those who go to the circus will be treated to what will seem like a near endless string of great performances.

What kind of stuff will be seen?


An ‘Elephant Extravaganza’!

The ‘White Tiger Spectacular’!


…and who can forget the clowns and other performers?

Two of the most interesting performances that I’m looking forward to are the Motorcycle Madness attraction which features daredevils on motorcycles doing some incredible stunts including riding, jumping, and spinning inside what they describe as a Globe of Doom! The other one that I think my kids will love is Rocky the Boxing Kangaroo. This is a 250 pound kangaroo who takes on all comers, including it sounds like even some audience members.

Sounds like a great show and I know my kids will love it.


When: Thursday, October 20th with two shows, the first at 4:30pm and the second at 7:30pm.

Where: The Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee, 1300 Walla Walla Avenue, right next to Lowe’s and right across the street from Walla Walla Park.

Ticket Info (and it looks like they have a special deal going):
Click Here-> The Piccadilly Circus

Check Out The Cider Mill In Cashmere!

We made a recent trip up to the Cider Mill in Cashmere and what a great place to stop in North Central Washington!

The Cider Mill

The building is set right on the banks of Mission Creek and can be reached by heading through Cashmere and up Mission Creek Road. Cashmere is a very cool little town to visit and the Cider Mill is one more reason to pull off of Highway 2 when you’re passing through the area.

The facility specializes in a whole host of tasty concoctions, all based on their delicious apple cider. There are syrups, jams, jellies, and more that are all great to sample, and available for purchase too. There is even an apple butter milkshake that is unbelieveable!

The Cider Mill

The specialty is of course the apple cider though. The tasting room / gift shop is attractive and inviting. Shortly after entering, we were given the opportunity to have a tasting of several of the different flavors of cider that are all made right there at the facility. There are a number of different great flavors ranging from the tart to the sweet, and each having its own unique tastes and qualities. Some of the available flavors include Cherry, Old World Spice, Raspberry, Huckleberry, and Peach among others. They all taste awesome, we left with a bottle of Huckleberry and it didn’t last long once we got home.

The Cider Mill

Outside, there is a decent sized grass area, some picnic tables, an outdoor seating area, and a small art gallery. This makes a good location for a short break from a long car ride or just a chance to relax in the shade next to the comforting sounds of Mission Creek flowing by.

There is also a small stage outside and we were there in time to hear the award winning blues music of the power duo, RavinWolf. It was a very intimate experience and we thought it so good that we had to buy a CD on our way out. What a great place to sit and relax while listening to some good live music. If you are looking for something to do and you haven’t been there yet, check out the Cider Mill, it comes highly recommended.


Check out more photos of Cashmere (including more photos of The Cider Mill)!

Or check out other towns in the NCW Communities Photo Gallery!

Check out the Cider Mill website!

Check out the RavinWolf website!

Video: Icicle Junction in Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth, Washington is a great place to stop and go shopping. There are all sorts of great things available in the shops there including Christmas ornaments, ornamental iron, candy, pastries, candles, toys, hats, clothing, collectibles, and more. It is often described as North Central Washington’s shopper’s paradise. For kids though, shopping can get boring. On the west end of Leavenworth, right off Highway 2 is a place called Icicle Junction where kids and adults can have a great time. There is a movie theater, miniature golf course, arcade, and snack bar there, and a fun time can be had by anyone of any age.


Next time you’re in Leavenworth, stop by at Icicle Junction!

Video: Smallwood’s Harvest

Located just off Highway 2 in Peshastin is Smallwood’s Harvest. This unique attraction features open spaces for the kids to play on, a corn or prop maze, a garden nursery, fresh produce in season, a wide variety of jarred goods, interesting candies, and a very popular petting zoo.


A good time can be had for everyone at Smallwood’s Harvest… but especially for anyone with children.