Olympia, Washington State.

This short blog is  about our visit in Olympia,Washington’s capital. Downtown, we found the Old  State Capitol and also the new Capitol.  The Capitol Campus is quite nice to visit. It was late in the afternoon , so we only walked outside  but there are guided public tours of the building. It could be interesting to do it another time we drive by Olympia.  We saw some imposing monuments, memorials and what a surprised  to see  a replica of a Tivoli fountain!  Having gone to Denmark many years ago, the name was familiar . What I also learned was that the fountain in Denmark  was a replica of the fountain in Tivoli,  located  few kilometers  from Rome !!! We found a path  going down toward the lake. I  saw some nice flowers to add to my collection of photographs. What a pleasant way to end the day and soon our trip …

DSC02885                                                                                                                                                                                       Romanesque Revival building (1892)- Served as the State Capitol  between 1903-1927.

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State Capitol with its 287-foot masonry dome .

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Tivoli fountain.

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Monument.

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It was really  fall . We saw some trees with bright red color. It was time to go home  and plan other traveling fun trips !

 

Salem, Oregon.

Left California behind us.  Reached Oregon. We only drove 490 km/306 miles  that  day, from Weed to Salem. We saw a sign for a covered bridge (photo below). Curious enough  , we went to see it as it was not too far from the highway. There was a post saying it was constructed in 1920. Then,we arrived in Salem and of course, we visited the area around the Capitol.  The building is topped with a 23-foot statue symbolic of the Oregon pioneers. It was Sunday and quite quiet. Salem is the capital of Oregon and the state’s third largest city. It was nice to wander around and take a few photos ( again ). It was the first time  I was in Salem . We always drove by without having time to stop. At last, now I have a feel of what Salem is all about.

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I will not  write  about history of Salem  or give info about  the major buildings  but here are some interesting facts I learned.

State Flower: Oregon Grape ( not a grape but a barberry)
State Insect: Swallowtail Butterfly
State Bird: The Western Meadow Lark
State Fish: Chinook Salmon
State  Animal: Beaver
State Tree: Douglas Fir

I certainly  did not know those  facts . I probably do not know what are the flower, insect, bird… of my own province !!  I  discovered also that a Douglas fir was raised from seed carried to the moon ( Apollo 14- Space mission 1971). In 1976, the first moon tree was planted in Oregon so  now this tree is almost 39 years old. Here it is in the picture below.  It looks like  a normal tree but having gone to the moon and back is kind of neat !

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Our next stop will be in Olympia, Washington State.