These Things Run Rampant In Beverly Hills

This is how it came. Couldn’t see that it needed a single solitary edit


Just A Cottage In The Hills



Olympia, a set on Flickr.

The path from the Olympic Peninsula to Mt Rainier passes right through Olympia, the state Capitol. I thought I’d see how it compared to Bismarck.

No contest. The Capitol Campus as it’s called here is awesome. Sits on a beautifully landscaped hill overlooking the Port of Olympia and incorporates the architectural norms I would expect to find. Puts that pile of concrete and glass in Bismarck to utter shame.




I haven’t yet visited all the state capitols in the US. It’s not really on my list. But I’m traveling along I-94 west today and it passes right by Bismarck, the Capitol of North Dakota. So I thought I’d drive by the Capitol building and see how it compared – especially with the one in South Dakota (which I’ve panned more than once).

Well, if I’d not been paying close attention to the signs I’d have driven right past the place. It’s tall. Imposing. And it sits on a small hill. But it’s not the sort of architecture, at least on the outside, I’d associate with the centerpiece of state government. Pierre may have only one main street to its name but it has a beautiful Capitol building along that sorry street.

This one in Bismarck looks more like LAPD Headquarters.

On to TR National Park.