A Little Drive…

…to 3 Little Towns.

On Saturday morning of Memorial Weekend Dear was inspired to take a drive just across the Cascades to visit Cle Elum, Roslyn, and Ronald.

We left early in the morning and our first stop was for breakfast in Cle Elum.

Friendly people and good food if you need someplace to eat on your way across the Cascades we recommend this cafe. They have “acres” of parking…that cracked me up but I suppose if you are traveling in R.V.’s and pulling trailers filled with bikes and camping gear this is the place for you!

We got some great inside information from the family sitting next to us on visiting Roslyn and Ronald. After breakfast in Cle Elum and a stop at the small town hardware store we headed West to Roslyn.

Incorporated in 1886 the coal-mining town of Roslyn played an important role in Washington State History. The extensive coal fields in the area fueled the Northern Pacific Railroad’s trains during construction and early operation of a direct rail line through the Cascade Mountains.

Roslyn also claimed fame because of the T.V. series Northern Exposure. It was called Cicely on the show and suppose to be in Alaska but the filming was done on the streets of Roslyn, Washington.

The Brick is Washington’s oldest continuously operating bar established in 1889. They are also known for Northern Exposure being filmed there and a movie called The Runner Stumbles with Dick Van Dyke. The Runner Stumbles was also filmed at the Immaculate Conception Church in Roslyn shown below.

We were too early for most shops to be open but we weren’t too early to hit some garage sales. We found some real good bargains in Roslyn. Items priced at 10 cents and 50 cents. Woohoo that’s what I’m talking about…

We always are able to find some great yard art in these little towns we visit.

Our last little town was Ronald and this is a photo of the General Store. There wasn’t much else in this town but we found this stellar example of yard art!

What do you think?

We headed home from this little town and made it back in time to mow and weed whack the yard.

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

12 thoughts on “A Little Drive…

  1. What do I think? I think the little old towns have the best nooks and crannies to explore…with old-fashioned eateries. I think you had a fun adventure on the weekend! And I thought for a moment that I spotted Mt. Cheam in your mountain collage.

  2. What beautiful mountains and interesting little towns. I’d love to take a drive like that and just go exploring along the way.

  3. I LOVED THIS POST. What an amazing little drive that was through such beauty. I remember Northern Exposure. And I LOVE the standing Moose….that’s great. Looks like a lovely day! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Cool! I’m glad you took us with you! Loved the mural on the side of the building and also the “rust in peace.” Was the house next to the church a rectory or pastor’s home?

  5. What fun towns – I think we’ll have to head that way on our motorcycle this summer. Like, Judy, I loved the Rust in Peace! Thanks for the virtual tour.

  6. Ellen, I am sitting here smiling at your fun local travels…to places that look a lot like Switzerland. Some times when I see posts like this one I wonder why we Americans bother to travel off our continent.

  7. those pictures could have been taken in Michigan’s U.P……small towns, rustic everywhere! At least you saw a moose 😀

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