There's a funky little town south of Seattle by the name of Olympia Washington....it's the state capitol. Drove through there recently.
It's funny because it's sort of the capitol of timber country, which is a really cool concept. Outside of town you go anywhere and you see logging towns, that's all there is, at least if you discount the small towns south of Tacoma on I-5. The place was picked as the capitol before the aircraft industry came to Washington, when the big money sources were timber, paper, fish a little bit, and then fruit and other crops coming from Eastern Washington....
Growing up in Michigan, away from the Detroit area itself and somewhat in the country, surrounded by trees, I have to respect the idea that timber country could have enough pull to create it's own state capitol. Rock on.
I love forests, love trees, and Washington state is like crack to me because of it.
Natural beauty crack for a kid who grew up both in the country and going up north, as we call it, even further into the wilderness on the weekends.
Yeah, I love it.
Olympia is a very nice place. And then there's the school. The Evergreen State College. I've heard stories about that place. Uh-huh.
Good stories but, nevertheless, I can't repeat them on the internet.
I hear, as well, that it has a fine faculty and a very nice group of kids attending.