The Domaine Madeleine Bed and Breakfast took our Red Chair to the nearby Olympic National Park and the Elwah River Valley. The Elwah River Valley is the site of the largest dam removal project in US history. This project was actually finished last year, in 2014, and this is the first year of the expected full recovery and return of the salmon to the Elwah River. The return of the fish has been far more rapid than anyone anticipated, which has been great news for conservationists looking to restore natural habitats!
Our Red Chair loved kayaking with the Innkeepers of the Inn at Mallard Cove! In the background of this picture you can see a majestic Great Blue Heron walking along the shore behind Red. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge allows you to enjoy a beautiful experience of enjoying nature at its finest whether it be through kayaking, hiking, fishing, hunting, or photography. Red and the innkeepers kayaked for hours exploring each inlet and the shorelines before the sun went down and it was the highlight of Red's stay.
While the Red Chair was staying at the Blue Spruce Bed and Breakfast in Sisters, Oregon, the innkeepers were sharing with Red some of their favorite things to do in the area. One of which was a trip to the Dee Wright Observatory which was located only 15 miles from Blue Spruce! This observatory was built of Lava rock and offers stunning panoramic views of the Cascade Mountain Peaks. Located within the Willamette National Forrest this attraction does not disappoint and is worth the visit!
On the way back to the inn, Red discovered what would now be considered a rare find these days. The Red Chair happened upon a working phone booth! Red of course had to give it a spin and call home to tell us about its fantastic time at the Blue Goose Inn on Whidbey Island so far as well as taking a picture with the old phone booth. Although it does not transport you to different time periods, space travel nor does it bring you into the Ministry of Magic, this rare specimen does make a phone call!
When the Red Chair visited the Greenlake Guest House Bed and Breakfast in Seattle, Washington it was quite excited to explore more of this gorgeous city. Little could it have imagined to find the old site of a Gasworks Factory to be one of the most interesting places it has seen! Gasworks Park is located on nearby Lake Union. The "gasworks" were used in the early 1900's to convert coal into gas, and were developed into a park in the 1970's. The remains of the factory are now art and the site is a popular location for picnics and kite flying. Also from this park you can enjoy a gorgeous view of downtown Seattle from the beach. Such a unique place and it was so much fun to explore the many different structures!
While the Red Chair was visiting the innkeepers of the Meritage Meadows Inn it over heard the fascinating history of nearby Snoqualmie Falls one evening. A natural waterfall that has drawn all kinds of people for literally hundreds of years was definitely a place the Red Chair had to see while it was in Redmond, Washington. Check out more about this beautiful place here!
The innkeepers of the Three Tree Point Bed and Breakfast decided the Red Chair needed to experience the fantastic music scene of Seattle, Washington. After dinner and a stop at Jazz Alley, Red and Innkeeper Penny walked into the Royal Room to find a local band called The Jelly Rollers playing some great music! After a few minutes they noticed the Red Chair and asked Red to assist them on stage, to which the Red Chair replied, "Of course!" Check out The Jelly Rollers below!
Why it is the Red Chair Travels and its tour guide Philip of course! Philip the resident tour pup from the 9 Cranes Inn wanted to make sure Red got the chance to experience the folktale in person. While Philip was explaining the coincidental incidents surrounding the Fremont Troll and the Aurora Avenue Bridge that it resides under, Red felt as if it might be watching them with its metal eye... The artists encourage people to interact with this gigantic 18 foot concrete structure, as long as they are respectful of course. It was such a unique attraction and the details were incredible, down to the crushed VW Beetle in its left hand!
The Red Chair got a chance to check out the Washington State Capitol Campus and also the really fun water fountain that sits on campus at the Heritage Park with the innkeepers of the Swantown Inn B&B! This beautiful and active building is the centerpiece of the five historic buildings on the campus. The "water jets" were a completely different story! Red saw some kids running through the fountain and decided it wanted in on the action. Waiting patiently for the stream to begin from the hole Red chose, it sat and waiting until finally (only a few seconds passed) it erupted! Such a fun day exploring the capitol.
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