162 – Olympia – Capitol Building and Grounds

Visiting Olympia on business, we planned our trip to include plenty of extra time so that we could enjoy the city. In many ways, Olympia is similar to my home town of Bellingham. It’s rather like a small version of Bellingham and I always feel right at home there. I enjoy the fact that it’s not as congested nor crowded, that it doesn’t seem to still be stuck in the trying-to find-it’s-new identity mode like Bellingham, it’s quaint, composed, classy and to me has more sophistication and charm than you can find further north. It was the season for fall colors, and even on an overcast, drizzly day, colors were intense.

Having a great time, wish you were here
Having a great time, wish you were here

We spent several hours along the paths and trails throughout the Capitol grounds before heading into some of the official Capitol buildings for our own, private tour. We covered a lot of ground!

Our State Capitol buildings . . .
Our State Capitol buildings . . .

Then we went inside for our own, private tour of some of the Capitol buildings.

At the door to the Legislative Building
At the door to the Legislative Building

We were surrounded by beautiful marble.

Looking down
Looking down

And lots more detail.

Capitol building details
Capitol building details

Then it was time for lunch – a working lunch on the Capitol grounds. Others were out on their lunch breaks getting fresh air and exercise along the trails through the Capitol grounds, and some were repeatedly running up and down the steps of the Legislative Building for their daily workout (who needs a gym anyway?).

Computing on the Capitol grounds
Computing on the Capitol grounds

Go here –http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_State_Capitol – for information on Olympia, the Washington State Capitol.

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