Monthly Archives: November 2014

BALD EAGLES VIEWING-NW

One of the best places to see Bald Eagles in America is in the Great Pacific Northwest.  November through January, bald eagles and younger eagles migrate annually  to the Skagit River in the beautiful North Cascade Mountains of Washington state. Their objective:  To eat spawning salmon.  This is the largest collection of migratory eagles in America!

We’ve put together a fun-filled day of bald eagles watching with the Skagit Eagle Festival, where you’ll find telescopes  zoomed in for a ‘birds eye’ view of these magnificent birds. Pun intended!  You’ll also visit a salmon hatchery where many of the salmon are headed, for their final contribution to nature as they lay their eggs or fertilize them, and then die to become food for the wilderness animals and plant life.

More details below the following photos.

Eagle Nest sample at the Skagit Eagle Festival tour by Cheryl's Northwest Tours

Eagle Nest sample

Barn in a field on the way to the Skagit Eagle Festival tour by Cheryl's Northwest Tours

Barn in a field

Eagle Fest location for the Skagit Eagle Festival tour by Cheryl's Northwest Tours

Eagle Fest location

Hatchery group during the Skagit Eagle Festival tour by Cheryl's Northwest Tours

Hatchery group

Winter woods on the way to  the Skagit Eagle Festival tour by Cheryl's Northwest Tours

Winter woods

Eagle photo taken through a peephole at the Skagit Eagle Festival tour by Cheryl's Northwest Tours

Eagle photo taken through a peephole

Eagle and man during the Eagle Show at the Skagit Eagle Festival tour by Cheryl's Northwest Tours

Eagle show

Combined with a drive from Seattle through farm land and the Cascade foothills, you’ll see some working farm barns, beautiful landscapes, a lumber mill, and even trek through the reshaped highway 530, near the town of Oso where nature’s horrific landslide destroyed much of the area.

Lunch is included, and stops include a visit the Interpretive Center and salmon hatchery.

Go to cherylsnorthwesttours.com to make your reservation or email her at cheryl@cherylsnwtours.com.

TOWN LIGHTING LEAVENWORTH

It’s that time again, Christmas, and, the Leavenworth Town Lighting festival! Time to get nostalgic and visit one of the most festive towns in America: Leavenworth, Washington.

Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC will cover all the details, you just show up and play.  We depart the Seattle area around 8:30am from several area locations and arrive in Leavenworth around noon.  Mid afternoon you are welcome to rejoin the bus and guide to drop off any purchased you don’t want to carry around, then venture back out to explore more of this fun European-style town.  They light up the entire town around 4;30-5:00, and at 5:30 you’ll re-board the bus for the ride back, and enjoy a holiday movie on board to get you in the mood for the holidays.

Leavenworth Hotel Christmas lights

Leavenworth Hotel

The tour includes a continental breakfast basket and bottled water, transportation, and a tour guide to help you plan your day. You’ll enjoy a relaxing day at the Leavenworth Town Lighting, a place like an alpine Bavarian resort-style town, with shopping, chestnut eating, sleigh rides, see a play, or just people watch.  Until the lights come on, then you’ll be in awe!  Partnered with Clipper Vacations, you are sure to have a great time.

On the way

The drive there

tree lights

Leavenworth tree lights

Santa & Mrs. Claus

Santa & Mrs. Claus

Often this town has snow, with the elevation of 1,171 ft (357 m).  Nestled in a valley against the Cascade Mountains, the town is beautiful. So bring your sled if you’re inclined to slide down the kiddy hill, dress warm, and enjoy the beauty of Bavaria and the great Pacific Northwest at the Leavenworth Town Lighting.

Contact cheryl@cherylsnwtours.com to make your reservation or get more details.  Get an inside look at the Pacific Northwest with Cheryl’s Northwest Tours LLC.