Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Olympia, Yes! - Sunday, 6/2/2013 -- Day 23

Today we visit the marina office to pay for another day, finding that we are not ready to leave this lovely town tomorrow.  Cindie falls in love with Jake, and the feeling is mutual.

We explore as much of Olympia as we can, and walk two to three miles to the Capital Building. I had seen a squiggly line on the map and soon learn what it  is....

At the Farmer's Market area a viewing camera is set up to watch baby falcons in a nesting box, provided on the horizontal cross member of the crane, as read in the sign below.

Note also the rectangular box on the left side, about midway of this photo.  Because it is a cool morning, the baby birds are not seen, but are snuggled in their nest.

We take the coastline walk south.

The Kissing Statue

We are Here

The squiggly line is in the background.  We continue our walk.

 Up we go.

A switchback.

It is a steep, challenging climb, and I am amazed to see a young man pushing his baby stroller -- while running -- up the hill.  I move aside to let him pass.

He stops to visit, and it is then that I notice his shirt.  Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  He and Herb share stories of when they lived in 'The Big Easy.'  Small world.  His wife is shown wearing a red coat in the next photo.

We make it to the top, and live to tell it!

A leisurely stroll back to the marina brings us to the Visitors' Center and a place to rest.  We are welcomed by George, the executive director, who instantly makes friends with Jake.  

Many photos are taken, and he and Herb send them to each other for websites and Jake's facebook page.

  Well, yeah, Jake has a page. Why would he not?   Check him out at https://www.facebook.com/DrJakeMD?fref=ts .  Strange address?  His registered name is Dr. Jake C. Harleton, MD. (Redundancy intended.)

George and Herb

Jake has a long walk

Happily, we are back to the Farmer's Market before closing time, so I can make my purchases.  I see a long line in front of the meats booth, and am curious which of the items is the most popular.  So I say, "What's good here?"  The answer I get is, "Everything!"

We Love Olympia!

Willie of Willie's Tug,
     and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
     Sunday, June 2, 2013

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