Elbe, Washington is a pint-sized town tucked away in the Cascade mountain range, today home to just 29 inhabitants. The place was founded by German immigrants in 1891 and named after the river Elbe that tumbles from Hamburg to Dresden and then on into the Czech Republic. It was strange and fitting to stumble upon a small slice of Germany in small-town, high-altitude America. I couldn’t help but imagine how the settlers must have felt, trekking across the country, thousands and thousands of miles from their homeland. And if, when they caught sight of the mountains, they thought of the Alps and decided that this had to be the place – their home away from home.