|Oh dear god. Not a again.|
In short. It didn't work so well.
So, Facebook/Twitter's loss is your gain. Over the next week or two, let's look at some of the high points of travel across the scablands of Eastern Washington into the Land of Milk and Honey (well, at least, a gazillion or so Douglas firs), starting with Art in Public Places.
We stopped in Connell, Wash., for breakfast as we got up at the butt-crack of dawn to begin our journey.
Aside: In hindsight -- always 20-20 -- a three-day road trip to Portland is just slightly crazy. The formula looks like this: 8 hours on road (thanks to traveling with a dog) + 24 hours in Portland running around maniacally accomplishing projects for the Mom Unit + 8 hours on the road home = WHEW.
|Dude. What's your problem? The deck is great.|
I always had a hunch this was the case, based on the 15-foot metal flower you see standing sentry at the south edge of town. Ironically, this particular installation was funded by expansion of the corrections center.
But the crown jewel of Connell's public art are six bronze installations, collectively titled "Wildlife," scattered across town, each with their own little back story that reflects the rich history and culture of Connell. Coincidentally, the artist Tom Otterness also created one of my favorite installations at Western Washington University, the Number 2 Son's alma mater -- Feats of Strength.
The art is weirdly whimsical. Or whimsically weird. Or both. I really can't decide.
Even without my morning cuppa joe, I picked up on Otterness' sly sense of humor.
|Get it? Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit are betting the farm.|
P.S. If you don't think a Connell "Wildlife: The Coloring Book" is an adequate souvenir for that special loved one, consider a gift certificate to Connell's fine-dining establishment Michael Jay's. Your loved one will not be disappointed.
It has four reviews on Yelp, for god's sake.