Life in Wenatchee
Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center is in the Wenatchee Valley in WA. The research center has a vibrant research community, with 13 faculty members, and a number of postdocs and graduate students associated with those programs. The Wenatchee valley is in the rain shadow of the Cascade mountains, so we get runoff from the mountains, but enjoy a great deal of sunshine. Seattle is only a 2.5 hour drive away, but we don’t get the Seattle traffic or rain. In addition to being known for producing tree fruits, Wenatchee is known for its skiing at Mission Ridge (only 30 minutes from town), hiking, mountain biking, water activities on the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers, and many other outdoor activities. Leavenworth is also nearby and offers a unique Bavarian experience, with many outdoor and festive activities, especially in the Holiday season. Below are some pictures of the area.