Mid-afternoon brought us to Smokey Point, about an hour shy of our destination. We stopped at the rest area to have a picnic lunch. This is an old western red cedar stump. Grandpa is showing A that there is a hole that she can look through.
This sign tells the story of the stump. I have pictures from the 1920s of my Mom's relatives driving a Model A through it and another of my Dad's family in it. It was located near the hometown of my paternal grandfather, Arlington, Washington.
Here is sad little J who had a traumatic skinned knee incident! She is still working on learning how to use her feet! The kids had fun running around.
The roof is obviously a new addition. Amazingly, this is even on the small side compared to some stumps found in western Washington. We often think of just the sequoia redwoods being so large, however western Washington was covered with pristine, centuries old, old growth forest. None of these ancient trees are left that I am aware of, however there are some very large trees that grew up just after the first loggings. I believe these are also considered old growth because they are 100+ years old. I have seen a few photographs, mainly by the famed Darius Kinsey of the "cabins" made in these stumps. Pretty amazing. I have a large book of Kinsey photography which I find fascinating. Some of the photographs were taken of the area that my step Dad grew up in near here and others are further south. He was a pretty amazing bw photographer who documented the logging and settlement of western Washington as well as produced studio portraits to keep the pay checks rolling in.
J's and my hands with the clover flowers. Grandma was graciously delighted with her "bouquet"!
While Grandma and Mom unpacked, the kids played with Grandpa and all the toys. We were actually cold - it was in the 60s with wind and we Californians were all dressed in shorts! The kids played until ten! They were being so good and had been in the car for 2 days, I didn't have the heart to interrupt their playing with new Lego sets.
Well, I won't blog every day, but Daddy needs to see what we are all up to so far away. We miss and love you Daddy!