If It's Tuesday It Must Be Olympia

Trip Start Jun 18, 2005
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Trip End Jan 01, 2006


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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Andrew and I had a purpose. We were going to Olympia, to see the state capitol. Now, I've already been to all 50 capital cities and capitol buildings, a feat which is pretty good for bragging but doesn't add much to the resume. And if I could arm-wrestle my KIDS to give me "permission slips," I'd take the GRAND-KIDS to see them all. Me and the G-Kids! What a time we'd have!

I've made slight headway -- Jeffrey and Matthew to Olympia, and Matthew to Helena, Bismarck and Pierre. (Pierre is the only one-syllabled state capital, by the way, "Peer" being the correct pronunciation.)You might think a child would be bored with capital-visiting, but not so. They are awed and impressed, and oftentimes know more of a state's history than I do.

Today it's Andrew's turn. We went to Olympia two years ago -- his choice on a Day We Had To Spend Together -- but the capitol was "closed for repairs" due to all the shaking and rattling from an earthquake that knocked its blocks off and evicted everyone from the Governor to the Legislators to the Information Desk.

"We'll come back when it re-opens," I'd promised back then, so here we were, getting ready to go. We'd had a good night's sleep, after ice cream and talking late, and we gathered things we thought we'd need for our 70-mile trip. Books to read in the back seat. The GPS for watching our "center-of-the-universe" arrow as we moved along. Cameras of course.

The sun was already high in the sky by the time I entered the freeway and headed south. "We're going 63 m p h," Andrew reported from the back seat. "We have five satellites and Puget Sound is to our right."

"Roger Mr Navigator," I replied. "I'm depending on you to keep us on track."
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