This is a continuation of Part 1, posted on January 12, 2012. Please read the beginning of this journey before continuing.
As we stood in southern Idaho gazing at the Craters of the Moon, I remember thinking that this was what the moon’s surface was like (well, not in those exact words – remember I wasn’t even five yet!). Man had not set foot on the moon yet – it would be another few years – but in my young mind, I figured someone knew what it looked like and had made this place to resemble it. Little did I realize that the Craters of the Moon was formed from lava flow.
We left Idaho and began our trek northwest toward Ellensburg, Washington. We were going to the Gingko Petrified Forest before visiting friends and family.
And we have arrived! Mom and I in front of the tourist center. Notice how I’m always squinting or trying to cock my head at just the right angle to get the sun out of my eyes? I don’t know why Mom wasn’t looking at the camera – she was probably people watching (a favorite past time of her’s!).
And a look at the information inside the tourist center. I thought it was really neat because the “petrified” trees looked like pretty rocks (which I collected and loved!). I do seem to remember something about my parents telling me that I couldn’t pick up and keep anything on the ground because it was part of the “forest.”
The Washington State Park website explains that the unusual “forest” was discovered in the 1930s when highway construction unearthed the petrified trees.
And a last look at the waters off of the Wanapum Recreational Area.
On September 10th our family arrived in Seattle. Mom and Dad knew a family who resided there from their time in Japan when they were all stationed there with the Army Air Corps (and then Air Force).
Darreld and Marilyn Manning and son with Mom, Dad and I. Check out the head scarf I am wearing – apparently it was rather windy at the top of the Space Needle. Their daughter (also a red head as is their son) isn’t in this picture. I don’t remember why – maybe she was afraid to go outside for pictures. While we were at their house, we enjoyed a home cooked (or grilled) meal and a fairy boat ride to Victoria, British Columbia complete with a sightseeing tour of the area (pictures below).
All too soon it was time to leave the Manning family and head to our next stop – my grandmother’s sister’s home in Puget Sound. John and Nellie Lilly had been living in the area for many years. Nellie was almost four years younger than my grandmother and had been living “out west” since she was a teen due to her asthma. Nellie and John had raised a son and a daughter and were enjoying their “golden” years and grandchildren. My Aunt Nellie was especially proud of her flowers! They had a beautiful home with a spectacular view. I remember my parents telling me not to get too close to the edge because it was a long drop to the water.
It was time to head south into Oregon. What would we see there? And how much longer until we get to Disneyland?
Stay tuned for the next installment of our journey “Over the Rainbow”.
Sources: personal knowledge and written description published in the Beavercreek News (Beavercreek, Ohio), Oct. 19, 1966.
Photos: Photographer on all photos – Gene Amore**; all photos – print, slide, digital in the possession of Wendy Littrell to be used as needed. No reprints without permission. (**Photograph of family at Space Needle taken by Unknown with camera owned by Gene Amore to be used by him.)
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