Monday, August 29, 2016

Last of the Richland Adventure

Truman and I have returned to Seattle and Dog End after five days in Richland visiting family.  Tru is happy to have a window to look out again!

I did a little sketching there, and took Tru to the Columbia River to go wading, and did a bit of book shopping in addition to the usual jigsaw puzzles, card games, and baseball watching.  I needed a vacation from retirement and had a relaxing time overall.

Here are the last pics from our trip.  From Friday, a visit to the Richland Farmer's Market:

I managed to sketch some booths before the market officially opened, when it got way too crowded.

Truman posed by the statue of Bodie, a well-beloved shop owner's dog.

Earlier that week, I drew part of the Uptown Shopping Center (built in 1949) which is sporting new mid-century modern murals.

We made quite a few visits to the riverside to cool off from the desert heat.

I also sketched at Goethals Park:

On our drive home, we stopped at Vantage, home of the Gingko Petrified Forest state park.  Before you get to the park, there's a rock and gift shop that has some particularly fun decor.

Now I'm ready to stay home for a while -- no more vacations until next Spring!


  1. I forgot to ask you if you ever made it to Hastings while you were down here. Hope you got some good bargains! Love the dinosaur. I haven't been to Gingko in ages so that's new to me.

    1. Yes, I got to Hastings though I did not overindulge and got just four books (two cookbooks and two history). There are several dinosaur statues at the Gingko gift shop and they've been there for MANY years -- you need to get out more!

    2. That's true! But my next travel goal is the Oregon Coast. Someday I will have money. Yup. Right.

  2. Where were you visiting family, I'm guessing not Dewey. You said desert heat so II was wondering, nosey me.

    1. Richland, WA -- it's where "Dewey" (my sister), mother, and brother live, and it is technically a "semi-desert". It's in southeastern Washington state, which is a completely different environment from western Washington. Here in western part, we have mountains and forests and lakes and ocean shores; there in eastern part, they have shrub-steppe, dry canyons, lots of flat sandy land and sagebrush, and lots of sunshine with summer temperatures in the 90-100 F range for weeks on end. Luckily, they also have the Columbia River, which Truman appreciated very much!