After all the time in forest we are ready for a change of pace and we make a trip to our state's Capitol. Washington has a beautiful Capitol building, in some ways reminding me of our nations capitol although not as large.
The capital located in Olympia is home to one of the last great domed capitols built in America. It sits on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound and stands 28 stories high. The are forty-two broad granite steps lead up to the entrance which symbolize Washington's place as the 42nd state in the Union.
Inside is the same feelings of grandeur and elegance that I experienced in the other Washington.
a huge light shines on the elegant gold seal etched into the marble floor beneath it.
Even the hallways are grand....
Washington is the only state named for a President and a statue of George Washington resides in the capitol.
In the office of the Secretary of State was an interesting exhibit acknowledging the accomplishments of Washington State or Washington State residents that have changed or impacted the world in some way.
Who hasn't hear of Bill Gates and Paul Allen and the contributions of Microsoft that has changed our world? How have computers and the internet changed our world.
Long after their deaths, many Washington born musicians have remained icons who have influenced an entire industry.
It was an interesting exhibit showing the many facets of Washington life and the State's impact
Outside the capitol is this statue beautiful grounds.
Near the current capitol is the Old Capitol Building. It is the Education Offices for the State of Washington. In my working life I attended many meetings at this building. I wanted to show Hailey where I had worked so we stopped for a photo and a little walk down memory's lane.
I took a walk through the park across the street and found this statue that I had never noticed before. The inscription says, Govenor John Rankin Rogers, Statesman and Author of the Barefoot School Boy Law which gives every poor boy of this commonwealth a fair education.
Each tiny house cost $15,000 to build. Each little house has a partial bathroom and bedroom/living area. A building in the middle of the horseshoe campus houses a kitchen area with small individual private refrigerators and cupboards and showers and laundry facilities. A resident can stay here permanently or move on when they feel ready.
I talked with a resident and he showed me his home. I asked him what was the best thing about living in his new home.
He said he is now sober. When life gets to hard he can just go in his home and close the door until he feels better.
Hailey and I talked about how the legislative process works as we walked around the capitol campus and buildings.
Legislators, education and community members all addressing issues confronting communities today.
Today's visit to our states capitol was both a memorable lesson in Civics and Civic Responsibility.