Sunday, July 21, 2013

Ohme Gardens

On our recent trip to Leavenworth, Washington, we made a stop at Ohme Gardens. We've driven by for many years always saying that we'd have to go some day. Unfortunately I think we went on one of the hottest days of all time, or so it felt.

It was about 11:30 am when we got there so decided to have our packed lunch first. I had read reviews saying to wear good shoes because the walkways are made of rock and many levels of ups and downs are throughout the park.

The mere thoughts of the Gardens were started in 1929 when a couple from Germany bought the 40 acres and envisioned their homeland in the barren hillside. It really only began as a family retreat but friends and community members suggested they open it to the public. The family ran the Gardens for 42 years until Mr. Ohme died at the age of 80 in 1971. His son ran it for 20 years and then it was sold to the Washington State Parks and Recreation but is now owned by Chelan county.

typical walkway

There are many pools and what they call waterfalls. I would call them trickles, but they're still pretty. There are also many stone benches along the way to sit and rest. It was so darn hot that we took advantage of that a lot.

There was a map we could follow and trails were marked either 'easy' or 'hard'. Since it was so hot, we took the easy way out. The view was still pretty of Wenatchee and the Columbia river below.

There were several vista points and you never knew where you were going to end up with all the twists of and turns of the paths.

We stopped to rest our weary hot bones and a nice couple offered to take our picture. If no one is around, one of us is usually left out.

I'm glad we went but I just don't think we really were able to take advantage of the whole beautiful park. I bet it has many different looks throughout the year. I doubt that we'll ever go back; we've got a whole lot more to do on our bucket list.