Washington State, the Coffee Capital of America and home of Mount St. Helens, the Space Needle, Bigfoot, the Appaloosa, lots of apples. Its climate and terrain is diverse in the extreme, from the temperate rain forest on the Olympic Peninsula to the rolling hills of the Palouse, our version of prairie, in the eastern half of the state. Mount Rainier is the tallest mountain in Washington State with a summit elevation of 14,411 feet. Yep, it’s an active volcano and overdue to erupt, but so far isn’t showing any signs of it.
When in Washington, be aware that anything east of the Cascade Mountains is called Eastern Washington, so Ellensburg, which is right square in the middle of the state, is located in Eastern Washington. That always confused me. Apparently, no one knows the term “central” here.
Washington is also home to the Driloleirus (Giant Palouse Earthworm—three feet long!), and in St. John, the Codger Pole, which is the tallest chainsaw carving in the world, standing 65 feet. In Seattle, you’ll find Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe with its famous mummies, Sylvester and Sylvia. Anything you want to know about Jimi Hendrix, you’ll find in the Experience Music Project Museum. Want to see the world’s largest frying pan? It’s in Longview in the southwest corner of the state.
Obsessed with dinosaurs? Head to Granger, Washington, and visit Dinosaur Town. Don’t forget to stop at the Volcano Toilets. For a change of pace, travel to Spokane to see Marvin Carr's One of a Kind in the World Museum where you can sit in one of Elvis’ cars, and see the skin of Fritz, a 16-foot boa constrictor who electrocuted himself.
If you’re an apple aficionado, head to Wenatchee, where you can also do a little white water rafting, and if you have a sweet tooth while you’re there, try my daughter’s favorite, Aplets and Cotlets.
Come visit! We can chat over a couple grande triple-shot lattes (make mine skinny).
Jacquie’s latest release is Sleight of Heart, set in Colorado and Nevada. Also available is her Hearts of Owyhee series set in Owyhee (the original spelling of Hawaii) County, which is in Southwest Idaho where she grew up. She currently lives and plays in Seattle, Washington. Sign up for her newsletter, the Pickle Barrel Bar & Books, at http://eepurl.com/qhA_1 or visit her website at http://www.jacquierogers.com.
Sleight of Heart, http://amzn.com/B00FMZYP5Y
Hearts of Owyhee:
Much Ado About Marshals, http://amzn.com/B0058ON1LS
Much Ado About Madams, http://amzn.com/B007HRTQ0O
Much Ado About Mavericks, http://amzn.com/B008EDN9T4
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