The Road to 65, Mile 266: Derailing

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August 21, 2015, Prescott- 

I sat and completed Alice Walker’s book of verse,

While, on Wall Street, the kids played, “Let’s Make Bad, Worse.”

I got more pleas for financial aid,

“Yet the udder is dry”,

Cried out the milk maid.

The name of my game right now is “Wait”,

While the derailing train lumbers past my gate.

This little verse popped into my head, with the full knowledge that life is seldom either as grim, or as spiffy, as we tend to project.  I am currently reading “The Book Thief” and “Dragon and Phoenix”, both somewhat emotionally-challenging accounts of hard times, one based in history and the other, in science fantasy.  Both Christian and New Age accounts of what might happen, in the near future, are making the rounds, these days.  My take is, whatever gets thrown at us, the majority of us will be able to handle it, somehow and survive.  We might have to make some fundamental changes in how we do things, with, and to, one another, but we will be okay, as a planet.

The Road to 65, Mile 186: Northwestward, Day 7- Part 1, Olympia

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I had been to the Capitol Complex, three years ago, but that was by night.  The edifice looks just as imposing in daylight.

I drove up to Washington’s capital, from Chehalis, after enjoying a vanilla latte, bowl of oatmeal, and cranberry scone for breakfast.  The last time I was in Olympia was a rush job, in between two attempts at visiting cyber-friends.  Neither was available this year, so I focused on becoming more familiar with this delightful little city, at the southern tip of Puget Sound.

I get the feeling it was trying to become more familiar with me.  I could swear the capitol dome was watching.

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The people of Washington honour their veterans as well as anyone.  This imposing sculpture spells Gratitude.

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                                           The men shown represent our troops of World War I.

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                                     The Hall of Justice evokes its counterpart in Paris.

All is not gray and staid, however.

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                                                    The Capitol grounds are well-tended.

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         A lone fir tree stands sentinel, at the east end of the grounds.

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                   On the far eastern end of the Capitol Complex, there is this inspiring poem.

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                   I sought more colour, on this rather overcast day, and found it in downtown Olympia.

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This is the old state Capitol, now the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.  It was the Capitol until 1928.

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                           The present Capitol had its eye on me, even down at the harbour!

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                                                 There is a calm at the south end of Puget Sound.

I dropped in at Druid’s Nook, out of curiosity and picked up their last copy of Alice Walker’s “Hard Times Require Furious Dancing”.  The proprietor and I agreed that people can come up with some very strange notions.  Ms. Walker would probably concur, as well.

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                                      This is an eclectic supernatural and spiritual shop.

I spotted this spoof of “Hot Tub Time Machine”, while on the way to lunch.  Hot fudge was indeed a fun part of my childhood.

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Lunch, however, had to be more substantial, sooo:

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                                                                           Cafe Love, it was.

This little safe haven offers paninis, all manner of espresso and lattes, and vegan cupcakes.  The Northwest is downright Texan, when it comes to cupcakes.  It seems I’ve spotted them on every other corner, In Portland and in Olympia.

I did not stop in Seattle.  It was beginning rush hour, when I passed the exit to Pike Place, and I wanted to take in at least one of the public gardens in the north Puget city of Everett.  Legion Park, and Everett’s north waterfront, will take up the next post, along with the border town of Blaine.