Back to Olympia

After our 3000+ mile journey to/from Colorado it was nice to be home.  With only a week until we leave for Canada and Alaska, we used much of the week to finalize travel and organize the Airstream for Canadian and US customs. 

We managed to schedule in a few fun activities around Olympia area.  The first being Procession of the Species, which has taken place the weekend after Earth Day for the last 21 years.  Locals dress up as various life forms, from sea and land, and parade through downtown.  We had the opportunity to enjoy some unique and creative costuming while listening to the drum beats of various band marching through the streets.

Nisqually Wildlife Refuge was the other sightseeing adventure we enjoyed. This 720+ acre refugee is home to over 200 species of migratory birds, as well as minks, beavers, coyotes and more.  During high tide, the refuge was aflutter with bird activity.

While our time in Olympia was shorter than expected, Andrew and I had a wonderful time visiting with family Richard and Sandra, and meet lots of friendly, warm people in the Land Yacht Harbor.  We are excited to visit again in September.

Procession of the Species, Olympia, WA
Procession of the Species, Olympia, WA
Procession of the Species, Olympia, WA
Procession of the Species, Olympia, WA
Procession of the Species, Olympia, WA
Procession of the Species, Olympia, WA
Procession of the Species, Olympia, WA
Procession of the Species, Olympia, WA
Procession of the Species, Olympia, WA
Procession of the Species, Olympia, WA
Procession of the Species, Olympia, WA
Procession of the Species, Olympia, WA
Tempo Lake
Tempo Lake
Flowers in Land Yacht Harbor
Flowers in Land Yacht Harbor
Flowers in Land Yacht Harbor
Flowers in Land Yacht Harbor
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

Fast run to Colorado

Andrew, Ame, and I had to leave Rosie behind to make an improptu trip to Colorado.  Here are some pictures from the road.

Ame allow for the ride
Ame relaxed  for the ride
Views from the car
Views from the car
Views from the car
Views from the car
Views from the car
Views from the car
Views from the car
Views from the car
Views from the car
Views from the car
Views from the car
Views from the car
Views from the car
Views from the car

Land Yacht Harbor, Olympia, WA

In the beginning of April, we moved into our spot at the Land Yacht Harbor, an Airstream RV park.  Our plan was to spend the month of April in the Olympia area prepping for our voyage into Alaska (starting May 4) and make day trip into the Olympic and Mt Rainer National Parks. 

Our first two weeks in the park were fairly quiet.  For Easter we had delightful dinner with my cousin Richard’s  family.   We met up with them lunch at Lemon Grass, a downtown Thai restaurant, browsing around the Olympic Farmer’s Market, and the many cute downtown shops.  I could spend hours enjoying the trinkets and books in Captain Little, a toy boutique

We fit in one sightseeing adventure within the two weeks.  We drove to the peninsula in an attempt to visit Olympic park; however, we got distracted and detoured into some of the port towns.  Andrew, Ame and I enjoyed lunch at Shine Tidelands State Park, where we watched several people clamming, and spent a few hours driving through some of the port neighborhoods and towns.

With a little over two weeks more in Washington, we still have a lot on our list to see and do.

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Shell Detail, Walk by Hood Canal
Shell Detail, Walk by Hood Canal
Hood Canal
Hood Canal
Mural in Olympia
Mural in Olympia
Blooms in the Park
Blooms in the Park
Vintage Robot Ride at a Olympia Store
Vintage Robot Ride at a Olympia Store