Monday, 12 August 2013

Kiama's Charm - No.14 and 15

We were nearly at the end of our roadtrip with the RV and we didn't manage to book a campsite for  our last night, so we took a risk turning up at the Maryhill State Park.

A very simple campsite on the most beautiful spot next to the Columbia River.

The park had a variation of beautiful trees providing necessary shade on hot summer days.

and the sprinklers in the morning threw lots of magical rainbows above the lush green grass.

I hung Charm no.14 on the no.48 signpost of our camping spot. This was after the park ranger came to put a 'reserved' notice up for the next visitor.

The next morning we went to visit the The Maryhilll Museum of Art in Goldendale, WA, situated above the Columbia River Gorge.

With the most beautiful views.

There was an outdoor sculpture exhibition with some fantastic sculptures, 

and this intriguing concrete installation by the architect Brad Cloepfil. It is called 'Maryhill Overlook' and it offers a myriad of interesting views of the Columbia River Gorge.

It was a hot day and there were lots of little lizards about sunbathing on the stone walls.

The museum has an interesting and surprising collection of sculptures and watercolours by Rodin, Native American Art, Royal possessions of Queen Marie (of Romania), a whole gallery with hundreds of chess sets and more.

The Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing of the museum opened just 2 days after Kiama's death
on the 13th of May 2012

There was also an Education Centre with an exhibition of photographs made by Native American teens, who took part in a residential art development camp. It was accompanied by moving stories of what they learned about themselves and each other during the program.

Kiama would have loved this place - art/education, scenic views and her favourite little animals playing hide and seek in and out the sun.

So Charm no.14 found a place here:

on a little pipe sticking out of the wall, facing the steps to the entrance.

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