Fun with Dick and Jane
Westward Ho, Day 25: Ellensburg, WA, to Seattle, WABefore leaving Ellensburg (pop. 18,468) this morning, we were lured to an unusual local attraction in search of a letterbox located there. Known as Dick and Jane's Spot, this private home has become a folk art masterpiece. After artists Dick and Jane bought and renovated the dilapidated house in 1978, they began to enhance the exterior with their creations. Dick particularly enjoyed working with bicycle reflectors and incorporated thousands of them into his designs.
|Dick and Jane's Spot|
|More fun with Dick and Jane|
|Talapus Lake Trail|
Back on the freeway, my consultations with the Clue Tracker app to identify letterboxes for us to search for was producing a flood of results. Only four states host more letterboxes than Washington, so the challenge here is selecting which treasures to seek. We finally settled on the town of Sammamish (suh-MAM-ish), an eastern suburb of Seattle. Even after narrowing the choices down to this town of 45,780 and, for time's sake, eliminating all the boxes that involved hikes of more than one mile, we still had a bucketful of clues to sort through.
|Pine Lake Park trail|
After checking in at our hotel, we reheated our leftovers from last night's meal at the Ellensburg Pasta Company while weighing options for tomorrow. That's when we came across the National Weather Service's unpleasant surprise for our stay in Seattle: "A major change in the weather is coming this weekend," their announcement stated. "A series of strong weather systems will arrive in western Washington beginning Saturday. Each system will bring rain, heavy at times, and windy conditions..."
According to their predictions, Saturday's storm system will be followed by another on Sunday and a third on Monday: "Weather models have difficulty with timing and other details when the pattern is as progressive as this appears to be with an impressive series of storms headed our way."
Not enough to leave us sleepless in Seattle, but this news certainly has us planning a bit more carefully, looking into museums and other indoor activities for the weekend ahead.
- Miles driven: 156
- Letterboxes: F 7, P 1
- Weather: 34° to 48°, foggy to partly cloudy
- States: 1 (WA)
- Snowmobile speed limit signs: 15
- Brake lights in Seattle rush hour: 117,268
More Photos from Today
|Dick and Jane again|
|Reflecting their own style|
|Dead tree resurrected as art|
|Tin Man (He has plenty of heart.)|
|Cute Post Office of the Day: Easton, Washington|
|You don't see too many signs like this in Georgia.|
|Stump hosts ecosystem|
|Totem at Beaver Lake Park, Sammamish|