know what is lying not too far from Kitsap County?
Olympia…our state’s capital. And you know what it is filled
with? Family fun! For us, Olympia had always just been
a place to pass by on the way to Portland. However,
September on a rainy (dare I even say the word for fear that it may
come back?) Sunday we hopped in the car and went exploring.
This is what we found:
Haven is a wolf conservation where you can get up close and
personal with the rehibilated animals. They offer kid
friendly tours on the hour and also provide day camps and howl-ins
(evening programs). It really is quite interesting to learn
about these spectaluar animals. Wolf Haven is located
southeast of Olympia about 15 minutes or so. They are open
limited days in the summer and only on the weekends in the
fall/winter. It is definatly worth checking out.
I wouldn’t touch the real live
wolves either if I were you girls…
don’t know who looks meaner…the wolves or the girls…
sure had a lot to say. In fact I think he was saying, “Hey tour
group…get out of my space!”…
learned from the pros…
next stop was the Washington State Capitol building…the
birthplace of our state’s laws. http://www.ga.wa.gov/visitor/
The Capitol is a massive, beautiful building. You can
either take a self guided tour or jump in on a guided
one. They hand out packets for the kids and welcome
visitors with open arms.
George and his
part of the capital was the green, springy grass. “It is sooo
beautiful!” “Look how it sproungs back up after you step on
it!” “I love to run on it!” History making, shmistory making…the
Capitol’s got grass!!!
across the street from the Capitol is the Hands On Children’s Museum
museum is a little gem. We have been going since the girls
were wee little babes. It is small, but very well run,
interactive, and kids love it. And I just noticed on their
website that it appears they now have an outdoor exhibit and are
currently building a brand new facitlity that will open in the fall
is also a great little bakery,
Wagner’s Bakery, right around the corner from the museum
in case you need to grab lunch or a sweet treat. Not to
Lemon Grass. The Lemon Grass is up the street a bit and
quite possibly the best Thai food I have ever eaten.
stop on our tour of Olympia was
Cabela’s off I-5 in Lacy, WA. While we are
not big outdoor hunter/fisherman (and by not big I mean not at
all), Cabela’s is pretty cool for the mere fact that it is filled
with all sorts of wild animals. They may not be alive, but
they are still pretty darn impressive. And you
can purchase just about anything you would ever need
pertaining to the outdoors.
out…Look OUT…LOOK OUT…
that concludes our whirlwind tour of our state’s Capitol. I
know there is much more too see (like the outdoor farmer’s market
for one), but we only had a day. So go ahead and give Olympia
a snoop through. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in what
you just might find.
-Stacey is a mom of two and a wife of one who likes her
family (good thing), traveling, reading celebrity gossip (I’m not
ashamed), and cooking. You can read more about her and the crew at
her blog Oh
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