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Eric: Olympia, Washington
Olympia, Washington:
“Far From the Madding Crowd”
By Nancy & Eric Anderson
Photography by Authors

t’s Small Town America, a little place with a big heart – and a pretentious name, Olympia, a title surely reserved by the Gods. The name is the only affection in this part of the Puget Sound. Olympia, population roughly 40,000, does not give itself airs even though it is Washington State’s capital. This is country living and the locals seem contented. With reason: a lot of what Washington and Olympia think important and the policies they have followed for years are now being embraced by the nation.

The state, frugal and green long before others, may be ahead in the glass ceiling of politics as well. Forty two steps lead up the Capitol, so arranged because Washington was the 42nd state to enter the Union. It also is the first to have a female governor and two female senators serving at the same time. Maybe that’s why the state seems penny-wise and thrifty; it costs only around $30 annually to basically register a car, any car.

You won’t need a car much in Olympia but you’ll want stout walking shoes: the sidewalks are in terrible shape in the downtown area. Making up for that are the wild, ubiquitous murals scattered around the side streets off Capital Way, the main drag in town. Some show civic pride and affection such as the wall backing Gardner’s restaurant beside the Phoenix Inn Suites up near the Farmer’s Market.

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As you walk around notice how friendly they are to visitors and to each other. This is a town for locals as much as tourists. Enthusiastic tourists, some 300,000, come every year to check out the Capitol Building -- the fourth highest masonry dome in the world and the highest in the Americas.

“More than ninety percent of downtown businesses are family-owned,” says Heather Antanaitis, spokesperson for the Olympia, Lacey Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau. “We are what we are because American events have passed us by. The city initially had a unique history. We were once the major port for Washington in the steamship era but when that era ended we lost our maritime status. Then came the rail roads; we got bypassed by history again, we weren’t even give us a stop on the line and that essentially put Olympia out of business. The Interstates, of course, changed America; that could have been our salvation but we were, to a degree, bypassed by the freeways as well. In a way all this left Olympia in a time lock.”

It should happen to more tourist destinations. It has made Olympia a downtown delight. the northern part of Capital Way is fun and funky; the southern part closer to the Capitol takes itself just a little bit more seriously. Around Percival Landing, a board walk facing Bud Bay, you can meet locals showing Southern California doesn’t have an exclusive hold on campy characters. We have just passed, for example, a tall, thin man in colorful but vagrant-like clothes wandering by with a contented black cat wrapped around his neck like a scarf. And here are three members of the Olympia Marching Band sitting on a bench waiting for the ten or so others so they can, well, start marching.

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July Kelen, dressed in a psychedelic dress and black and white long stockings with a tiara and her xylophone, smiles at us. Asked about music, she says, “Music forms my life from within.” Adds Margi Carlson, like her husband a retired school teacher, “Music has always been a major fine gold thread in my life.” Husband Mike Carlson is asked why he enjoys music. He grins and says, “It just feel good!”

The Olympians are friendly and in the restaurant Bud Bay Café, with the best seafood we’ve ever had, we noticed diners leaving not only waving goodbye to friends still eating at all the tables but saying goodnight to some of the servers also. This seems to be a family town.

But they are more than friendly, they are the epitome of green, back to nature living. The Farmer’s Market has some of the most gorgeous fruit and vegetables we’ve ever seen – and a few pretty girls. Here’s young Lucy Danforth selling cherries at the stall of Michael Kinnick’s “The Fresh Approach.” She’s selling products that are fresh from the east part of the state. How fresh is the fresh approach? we ask Michael. “Four days off the trees,” he says. “Some of our contacts have been in the business for 100 years and my family has been doing this for more than 30 years.”

We ask Lucy if she is part of the family but some of the young men at the stands answer for us and say, “Not yet!”

Farmer's Market

There’s a lot to please young people in Olympia especially for those really young, namely the Hands On Children’s Museum. The museum allows all children to enter even if the family can’t afford admission. In contrast to some museums that don’t seem to understand the mystique of childhood, this one encourages kids to explore and experiment with all the stuff around from mechanical challenges like repairing a truck to working in the kitchen to bake a cake. We sure didn’t hear any child whine “I’m bored!”

Says Stephanie Takase, the front desk supervisor, “its fun for us to see the children come in and figure out what they’re going to do. Every child has a different experience.”

hand on museum

Ok. So what are the experiences for visitors coming to Olympia? Well, the Olympia, Lacey Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau can be found about eight long bleak blocks east of the downtown area, close enough t o Interstate 5 for tourists go there first before they check into their hotel. There’s a visitor center someplace down town but we never found it. A walking map can be provided by your hotel and one may be available to explore the 90 pieces of art on show around the city.

Well worth a visit if you are in your car at the weekend is the Bigelow House now a historical museum open Saturdays and Sundays and manned by volunteer docents like Karen Johnson. Four generations of Bigelow lived in the house from 1860 to 2005, she says, and the house contains the original furniture because the Bigelows were all pack rats. “When Daniel Bigelow, a lawyer, came to the Washington Territory there were few men and few educated persons so he found himself wearing many hats,” Karen says. To get to his office, Bigelow walked down a hillside and paddled a canoe to his office. In one of the rooms sits the walnut desk with a local Douglas Fir base on which he wrote the First Constitution of the Washington Territory in November 1889. His desk came in a covered wagon but the three organs and the square grand Steinway came around Cape Horn in 1871.

His wife, Ann Elizabeth White, had arrived in Olympia on the Oregon Trail at the age of 15. She had been educated and therefore was quickly made the local school teacher. She lost her job a year or two later when she married Daniel, possibly an interesting table conversation subject considering they entertained Susan B. Anthony in their home in October 1871.

You need a car to reach the Bigelow House but all the other attractions are walkable. A walk shows Olympia’s history and its changes. For example, a tall column rises in front of what was the old Capitol building. It commemorates John Rankin Stevens, the first Territorial Governor. He arrived for his post after a long tiring journey and found his way to the only hotel in town which was, incidentally, preparing a banquet for its first governor. Unaware this was planned, disheveled and tired he asked if he could get a meal and was brusquely told, “No, we are getting ready for someone important!”

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The statue is somewhat formal but showing how tastes change and how laidback Olympians now are is the statue, a mere 200 yards away, “The Kiss,” 1990 by Richard Beyer. Similarly illustrating how the public changes are the kayakers in the Capitol Pool enjoying the great outdoors that Washington has long respected and preserved. They kayak indifferently in the shadow of the Capitol, the building whose magnificent dome still fascinates visitors.

Money Matters

Olympia has a free shuttle that takes locals and visitors around the Capital Way downtown area. Washingtonians are proud of their coffee making skills and there is an abundance of small inexpensive cafes. We found the Bud Bay Café a great place to eat seafood (our dinner cost us $59) and for a deli lunch nothing was better than Wagner’s European Bakery where lunch for two ending with its famous carrot cake sprung us for only $19.

Hotels vary from Motel 6s on the outskirts of the city to the upscale Phoenix Inn Suites at the top of Capital Way. It was built in 2000 next to several restaurants and across the street from the Farmer’s Market. It’s not inexpensive but parking and breakfast is free, coffee makers are in each suite, WiFi is simple and complimentary, and the staff is attentive. Midweek rates varied from $129 to $149 in mid June when we were there. Asked what makes Olympia special, Jeff Rose, its sales administrator, says, “We have, of course, the Capitol with its history and architecture one mile from here – and the shuttle runs every 15 minutes; there are parks and trails within the city such as Priest Point Park, and our Hands On Children’s Museum is so popular it has to expand.

“We have a good highway system, easy parking in town, a national park as a day’s trip, two volcanoes in an hour’s drive, the boating and fishing of the Puget Sound at our very doorstep and the Pacific Ocean within 90 minutes.”

He grins and adds, “What’s not to like?”

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In the meantime, here are some of the feedback we have already received:

Hey Eric and Nancy! As a fellow Traveling Boy journalist, and as a confirmed WW2 aficionado, just wanted you to know how much I loved your story on Arnhem. Really great stuff, and truly brilliant riveting writing.

I’ve been there twice and covered it on my KNX radio show when I was on LA radio, and your story and evocative photos brought back a ton of wonderful and poignant memories. This could have been an amazingly brilliant military operation – as you both know – that might well have ended the War in Europe maybe a year earlier. However, allied misreading -- and in my view disregarding certain aspects of the situation in Holland -- plus the fact that they dropped the paras over 3 days and not in one huge assault at night (and not in the day as they did) doomed the mission to failure.

Your clever words and great photos brought all this graphically to life, and it should be required reading for anyone interested in any aspect of WW2, and certainly should be read by today’s teenagers. Again Bravo and well done!!!!

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What a fantastic write-up!

I could almost copy and paste most of your narrative verbatim as it reflects our fantastic experience with Fantasy Cruises almost to a tee. It was truly one of the greatest vacations my girlfriend and I have ever experienced.

Cheers!
Mike Richard, Editor, Vagabondish.com

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One of my dreams is to go to Alaska by way of cruise. This article very much intensifies the longing for that dream to come to fruition. I simply cannot wait much longer. And I will never again be able to think of a waterfall without picturing myself "nosing up" to it. Thank you for this intriguing, virtual journey.

Sandra Mines, Seattle, WA

Thank you for writing, Sandra. Alaska really is a wondrous place. Re "Nosing up" to a waterfall: we have a different article up at Physician's Money Digest on the same cruise (Small Ship Cruising: Alaska by the Back Door). The third last set of images there shows a crew member filling a jug of ice water from a waterfall while standing in the bow of the ship! Best wishes. Get there! To Alaska one day.

Eric & Nancy

Loved your photos from Alaska! Because I am the Director of Sales & Marketing for Westmark Hotels, I am up in AK and the Yukon quite often to visit our hotels and staff! But your pictures were so enjoyable-love to see the "real" Alaskans!

Heidi Howeiler, Seattle, WA

Hi Ms. Howeiler, That was kind of you to write and yes, you do see real people in Alaska, don't you? Alaskans always remind us off rural Texans or Australians in the isolated Red Centre of their country: hard working, sensible, rolled-up-sleeves people with no affectations. We love your Westmark hotels and we take our hats off to the person who started your company, Chuck West. What a great guy!

Eric & Nancy

Enjoyed your realistic and practical comments on Provence. Always wanted to go there ever since reading Peter Mayle's 2 books on Provence. But the two times I went to France, time was always short, so we spent our days in Paris. And now you say, it is losing its unique charm to tourism. (Sigh). It's always a choice between sharing beauty, and keeping it hidden. The world lurches on. Thanks for your thoughts.

Dette, Iligan City, Philippines

Hi Dette, (Would love to see all your waterfalls), Thank you for writing. Provence is busy in the tourist season but it hasn't lost all its charm or the quirkiness Mayle talks about in his book Provence A to Z. It's still a place to visit. Appreciate hearing from you. Best wishes.

Eric & Nancy

What a great article, especially regarding Louis XIV. I was not aware there was a contemporary account of his execution. It was fascinating. Thank you!

Celtic fan, Nashua, MA

Dear Celtic fan, Thanks for writing. I didn't know about the account of his execution either till I stumbled upon it. Sad to think that the French revolutionaries thought they could be both judge and jury. We are lucky to have a more elegant system today. Thanks for writing.

Eric & Nancy

Nancy and Eric,

Enjoyed reading your article on Santa Fe, NM. I was in AZ travel nursing in 2008 and 2009 and made it to Santa Fe. Took a lot of pics and really loved walking around the old town while I was there. Hope to be able to take the wife there in the future.

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Thanks for writing from Port Ludlow. We hear that's a beautiful place. Best wishes.

Eric & Nancy

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When I was hurt in a boat accident my life would be changed totally. I really don't post much but thanks for the good times I have here. Love this place. Long time lurker, thought I would say hello!

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Dear Miami, Thanks for writing. It's nice to hear from you. Hope you are getting better. Glad you get some good times at Traveling boy. Good luck.

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Adelina, I didn't want to download it but I saw examples online. It seemed easy. You select the page you want translated, copy it and paste it into the box. You then click on the button to translate. You may have to do one page at a time. You can also use Google to translate a page; that's what I do because I don't want to load too much software.

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What a fascinating bit of Russian history you wrote about! How sad to learn that 100,000 churches were reduced to create skating rinks and such during the revolution, after seeing the photo of the interior of a magnificent church filled with art! War is so devastating on so many levels! The art of their culture is so beautiful as is shown in the image of the painted box! Thank you,

Yoka, Westlake Village, CA

Dear Yoka,

Thank you for writing. Nancy is originally Lutheran and Eric is a dour Scot, more used to the frequently cold and often cheerless churches of his native land so we were both overwhelmed to see the beauty of Russian churches. It was kind of you to write, Yoka.

Thank you,
Eric & Nancy

Interesting observations.... Very informative and thought provoking. Questions.... What would be the best way to get from Moscow Airport DME to boat dock? taxi? prearranged limo? prepaid Viking Tours transfer? Any idea on cost and travel time for taxi or limo or Viking Cruise pickup from airport to boat? We shall be flying to Moscow on our own. Do you happen to have an address for the river boat dock that Viking Cruises uses in Moscow? I would be nice to Google map the situation. Thanks,

Robert Hopwood, Ottawa, Canada

Hi Bob,

Excuse the delay; we were on a trip. I do understand your question and will try and get you an answer. The Viking river dock in Moscow was for us in the north part of the city but once we were on the boat it was an easy ten minute walk to the Metro station that had us downtown within 30 minutes. I'm a lot more relaxed at the end of a trip than at the beginning and therefore I always feel taking the cruise-line sponsored trip from the airport to the dock makes sense: What starts right usually ends right.

Eric & Nancy Anderson

Hi Bob,

I’m back with more information. The river port’s address is Northern River Boat Station Leningradsky Prospekt, Khimki. If you Google that you will see it is about 15 minutes’ walk from two Metro stations. http://www.aptouring.com.au/files/documents/17/29022_Moscow2.pdf .

I spoke to Nancy at customer relations at Viking Cruises at the new LNR Warner Center in 5700 Canoga Avenue, Woodland Hills, Calif.

She was very helpful and advises you to take the Viking transportation service. She is biased, of course, but she’s right. Moscow DME airport is 40 miles away on the opposite side of the city, at least two hours driving time. The airport has no Metro station; you’d have to take the Aeroexpress train to Paveletsky station then change to the Metro and go to Rechnoy Vokzal station then take a cab to the port. A cab all the way from DME would cost at least 2000 rubles (more than $70). That’s less than the $60 each that Viking would charge…but…I think you’d be ill-advised to do it on your own. Why start the trip where the potential to screw up is so likely? Moscow taxi drivers are as dishonest as most tourist city cab drivers and probably yours won’t speak English. I think the address in Russian is

BUT...

I strongly discourage you from economizing on this and doing it on your own. Buy the transfer and save money somewhere else.

We have other Viking Volga web articles up at http://travelingboy.com/archive-travel-eric-russia.html and at http://www.ericandersonsworld.com/story.php?id=6LvDg.

Good luck. Great show Canada’s putting on for the Olympics!

Eric & Nancy Anderson

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

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Eric & Nancy Anderson

Dear Nancy and Eric

Thank you so much for the wonderful article on statues in Europe. Statues are my favorite art form and your descriptions were delightful to read - knowledge and fun together. I do still wonder about that foot in Rome...

Peggy - Pasadena, CA

Hi Peggy,

Thank you for writing. We appreciate your comments. We used to be critical of people who can't identify the persons on statues in foreign cities -- until one day a tourist stopped us in our own San Diego and asked us, in vain, for details on a statue we'd never noticed before! We wonder about that Roman foot too. If Eric had stood any closer he'd be in his typical foot-in-mouth position.

Eric & Nancy Anderson

I live in Santa Fe and see and delight in it every day, but your writing makes it sparkle even more. How nice to see Santa Fe through your eyes. Great photos!

Cynthia Whitney-Ward - Santa Fe, NM

Dear Dr. Anderson:

I have followed your writing career for as long as I can remember, and I think the thing I enjoy the most about your travel writing is the sense of joy and discovery that leads the reader to anticipate ever corner you turn in your travels.What a delightful traveling companion you are, and I know have always been, with that wonderfully eternally youthful joie de vivre...I wonder:do you feel that East, West, home is best? And where IS that place you have never been, but want to go most of all,yet? Bring we, your devoted readers ever along!

CAT -- San Diego (Scrips Ranch), CA

Dear CAT,

Thank for taking the time to write to TravelingBoy.com. You are very kind. We don't know that travel writers make the best companions; we suspect they may be obsessed with getting the best photograph or may monopolize the guide with questions so that others don't get to ask what interests them. What place is best? Well, it may be fun to sit in a rickshaw in Beijing or try to master the Metro in Moscow, but -- as you imply -- it is good to get home after trips.

Home is as comfortable as a pair of old shoes and home for many of us fortunately contains family.

We've never been to Easter Island and may have missed the boat (no pun intended) there. The island is losing its innocence; we've seen that happen at Machu Picchu or, closer to home, at Lake Powell in Arizona. So maybe the best travel advice is: Go when you are fit and healthy, before rising prices make a destination inaccessible -- and before hordes of tourists ruin any destination's mystique.

With best Holiday Wishes from Traveling Boy,

Eric & Nancy Anderson

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What a fantastic primer on New York City. I think you have really captured its essence with this exciting overview of its offerings. Well done!

Gillian Abramson - New York

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You describe a city on wheels - er, wings - and an absolutely perfect way to travel. SHOWERS & FLOWERS! Amazing! I love that your passion for all-things-aviation comes through in this story about an almost unbelievable airplane. Thanks for breaking the news in such an engaging way!

Richard Frisbie - Saugerties, New York

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Enjoyed your blog on Romania. Noticed you called Bucharest "The Paris of the East." I wonder, is there any city not called "The Paris of something." I've read San Francisco is 'the Paris of the West,' Buenos Aires 'The Paris of South America,' and even Tromso, Norway 'The Paris of the Arctic.'

Terry Cowan - Fresno

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Hi Terry,

Thanks for writing to TravelingBoy. And thanks for educating me; I didn't know that about Tromso, didn't even know there was a Tromso. I heard Bangkok called the Venice of the East when I was there and, in two weeks, I'm heading for the Venice of the North, St. Petersburg, Russia.

It does become a bit silly, doesn't it? But we are originally an immigrant nation that was Eurocentric. Maybe it gave our forefathers confidence even courage when they took old names, old ideas to the New World with them. I know I feel nostalgic if I drive around Ontario, Canada and see all the British place names.

I appreciate your email. Thank you for writing.

Eric

Eric -

Enjoyed your article on Madrid. I noticed that you find it superior to Rome. Most of the Spanish folks that I meet seem to prefer Barcelona. How would you rate that city?

Samuel K
Seattle

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Hi Samuel,

We loved Barcelona although driving around the city was surprisingly complicated as our maps were inadequate. The cathedral had scaffolding around it so I couldn't get the pictures I wanted but we found the architecture fascinating and the Picasso museum rewarding. We were anxious to get on the road to Costa Brava and didn't have more than a couple of days in Barcelona.

Thanks for writing.
Eric


Great article on Madrid. I've heard there is a rivalry between the people of Madrid and Barcelona. In which city are the people friendlier? How about for hipness? I noticed you were Scottish. I felt a similar thing in Scotland, with a Glasgow v. Edinburgh vibe.

Gary
Santa Monica

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Thank you for writing to TravelingBoy, Gary. We found Barcelona friendlier.

Maybe that's because it's not the capital and it's not so busy either. Maybe it's because the Gaudi architectural influence is pervasive and -- to both its citizens and tourists -- comforting. Maybe it's because Barcelona is the gateway to the work of artist Salvatore Dali, and his spirit catches us. (I don't know much about art but I've seen a lot of Dali's work enough to think he never took himself too seriously and often painted tongue in cheek. Maybe fun people spring for fun places?) Hipness? Madrid is more formal and dressy but Barcelona, I believe, is more hip maybe, again, because it's more fun.

Your points about Scotland are valid. It's more than a joke. The Glaswegians are more down to earth. I think we see it here in the belief that if you had a flat tire in Middle America passers-by would be more inclined to stop and help than perhaps New Englanders.

- Eric

Dear Eric,

I liked the article. As I read it, I was wondering how you as a physician were influenced by Hippocrates. What influence did this historical figure have on the practice of medicine beyond the obvious 'oath.' Why is Hippocrates considered to be such a paragon of medicine? DWA - San Pedro, CA

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Dear David,

Thank you for writing to Travelingboy.com.

Hippocrates is revered because he believed his duty was to the individual patient, not to the community at large. This is a very important premise. The Romans, whose empire followed that of the Greeks, achieved much in health matters by emphasizing clean drinking water and personal hygiene, and created great national works like aquaducts and public baths but wealthy Romans apparently preferred Greek doctors as their personal physicians.

Hippocrates is also respected because he brought intellectual thought to diagnosis. He taught his students to use their five senses in assessing patients and was openly critical of the junk science of his day as practiced by the priest-physicians who preyed on the fear and ignorance of the ill persons who came to them.

It is true that not all medical chools today require graduating doctors to take the Hippocratic Oath but most conscientious physicians base their lifetime commitment to the practice of medicine on the life and teachings of that one man.

Or so I think. Perhaps if we knew more about our heroes they would seem less heroic. But in Hippocrates' case he did leave a record of his thoughts and some of his principles are today as strong as ever.

Thank you for writing, it is appreciated.

Eric


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