Let Me Introduce You To My Home State
I’d like to introduce you to my home state – Washington. It is such a diverse state that I will have to do it over time and in multiple blog posts. From the ocean to the desert, Washington State has a very diversified topography and climate. Yesterday we spent the day in Tacoma and we were able to spend some time at the Chihuly Museum of Glass. All the years I’ve lived in WA State and this was my first experience at this museum.
Glass blowing fascinates me so it’s no surprise that the hot shop was my favorite part of the museum. The hours of work and painstaking detail that go into each piece boggles the mind. Such patience that is required while working next to multiple ovens generating thousands of degrees of heat. Is anyone surprised that they all work in shorts??
Water and Asymmetrical Installations ~ My Happy Place!
I’m generally quite a fan of the funky, the unusual, the asymmetrical. I’m also a huge fan of water features. So it should come as no surprise that this next art installation was one of my favorites at the museum.
Life as a full-time RV’er means I forego buying or collecting any of these delicate works of art but to spend an afternoon admiring their beauty and watching them being made was a feast for the eyes and food for the soul.
Each Piece So Labor And Time Intensive!
Walking across the Bridge of Glass I saw, across the street, the old Tacoma Union Station, now beautifully renovated and used as a working courthouse. More Chihuly installations grace the courthouse, however, since we were touring on a Sunday, the courthouse was closed. We’ll plan a future visit to tour the the courthouse itself as well as viewing the Chihuly installations in place there.
By the time we were done touring the museum we were getting hungry. Just a short walk from the Chihuly Museum of Glass is Harmon Pub and Brewery. Our timing was perfect. It started to rain just a bit while we were walking but 5 minutes into the pub and the heavens opened up! Outside seating at the pub’s sidewalk tables wouldn’t be on our agenda this day! The food, service and the beer were all good at Harmon’s. If you are in the area give them a try.
Another great feature of Washington State is it’s many mountains. From almost anyplace in Tacoma and the surrounding area Mt. Rainier can be seen in all her majestic glory. Although our afternoon ended with rain, the morning started out clear and sunny. The mountain got our attention.
Last But Not Least ~ “The Mountain” ~ Mt. Rainier Watches All Below Her!
For those of you who, like me, call Washington State home, isn’t it an amazing place? For those of you who haven’t been here yet I’d like to invite you to come! Visit, tour, explore! Such diversity, so much to see and do. I’ll share more WA State with you in future posts.
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