|Olympia, WA, USA. It hasn't changed much in the last couple of decades.
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
I didn't take many photos during the visit to my parents since I was pretty busy with them for most of the six days I was there, but I did manage to have a walk around downtown Olympia, including Capitol Lake and the waterfront.
Three lovely people made special trips to see me. victorine drove up from Oregon for an evening. becala came down from Seattle for a cuppa. And my dear friend Josh flew all the way from San Diego to spend the weekend.
After having tea with becala and her young gentleman (no photos - the universe will explode if we have too many facetwin pics), Josh and I went for a walk through downtown. I spent my early teens in Olympia and it's been interesting to see it evolve in a series of leaps over the course of my annual visits to my parents.
The state capitol building is the same, although the dome has gotten dirtier. The lake, which is man-made and was established pretty much for the sole purpose of setting off the view of the capitol from downtown, now has a very nicely designed walking and cycling path all the way around it.
The humans may argue about the sustainability of the lake and whether or not it should be undammed and allowed to rejoin Puget Sound, but the ducks will always approve of it.
Flowers were laid out along the steps to the lake at evenly spaced intervals in one place. I don't know why.
Once we'd made our way to the opposite side of the lake, a spectacular rainbow decided to improve our view of the old correctional facility (no longer operational).
We crossed over 4th and 5th avenues to reach the waterfront. It's always had a boardwalk running along the eastern side, mostly for the sailing boats, but it's been improved over the years and is now very broad, with covered seating areas and pedestals for sculptural displays.
It's a Josh!
This sculpture has been here longer than the refurbished boardwalk. Everyone seems to love it - two plainly dressed ordinary-looking folk having a smooch.
This lady is new. You can probably guess why this one caught my eye. I'm certainly feeling...weighty...around the middle these days, as Passenger makes its growing presence more obvious.
We ended our walk at the Budd Bay cafe, where we met my parents for a lengthy seafood dinner. It is possible that wine may have been involved (just a small glass for me, in case you were planning on getting all Judgy McJudgypants).