I really didn’t have a chance here. There were too many things that jumped out as I was driving through Waterville, Washington.
First, there’s the obvious. Some great old barn art that tells a fun story regarding days gone by. Second, the owner knows how cool what he has is and has restored the old advertising so it looks brand new! Third, the golden wheat that surrounds the barn turns what is essentially a view of a sign into a scenic vista. Fifth, the lack of anything significant in the background adds to the feeling of remoteness.
Yeah, I didn’t have a chance hete. Some photo opportunities you find and some find you.
Ever feel like you need to stop and take a break while out on a road trip? Well, what a welcome sight this is, right?
This oversized wooden rocking chair, a chair you probably would need some assistance climbing up into, sits in front of the fire station in Packwood, Washington. I caught it out of the corner of my eye and it immediately reminded me of those humorous tourist attractions that were popular years ago like “the world’s biggest ball of twine” or “America’s largest cow statue”.
Well, I fell for it. Even got a photo of the two kids sitting next to each other on it with plenty of room to spare.
Now, there was a sight I hadn’t seen too often. Right in front of me, a collapsed bridge. Can’t turn around without taking that photo!
Full disclosure: I didn’t actually just stumble on this bridge, I’d sought it out. I knew I would be driving over Stevens Pass so I spent some time on Google Earth exploring from above, looking for anything right off the highway that might be interesting. Then there it was, a road that appeared to end at Nason Creek and then start on the other side.
I love old bridges and the look of this really takes you back to a time when this kind of sight might’ve been a little more common. It was less than a mile off of Highway 2, so it wasn’t hard to get to either. I’m also not sure how long it’s been collapsed but it definitely doesn’t look recent.
There’s a line from a Robert Browning poem that says “a man’s reach should exceed his grasp”. With apologies to the famous poet, a roadtripper’s vision should view bridges he can never cross.
Taking a closer look at: One Photo
Looking back at one photo taken during our visit to the Olympia area not too long ago, there are a couple of things going on that are interesting.
In the foreground, you can tell it’s low tide. The beach was pretty mucky that day and I was glad I had brought along a pair of old shoes.
In the center, I was actually taking photos seconds before when this bird flew in and landed pretty much right in the center of the frame.
In the distance a little bit further is an abandoned pier, the thing I was primarily interested in. It being in some stage of being reclaimed by the water of Puget Sound was very interesting. I asked a local there on the beach and he said that the pier was used long ago for a local mining operation. Barges would be tied up at the pier awaiting to be filled by carts bringing out the separated minerals. Some very interesting history.