University of Washington Tour
The last day in Seattle began with a tour of the University of Washington that was done for the conference attendees and their families. Walking the campus, I loved the mixture of —style and new modern buildings. Here you see Gerberding Hall (GRB) on the right and Suzzallo Library, which are both Collegiate Gothic style of architecture that is so beautiful. This library is probably the most iconic building on campus.
This is the Graduate Reading Room, which takes up the entire western side of the library at 250 ft.long, 52 ft. wide, with a 65-ft. high ceiling. It boasts oak paneling, carved sandstone walls and a Gothic vaulted ceiling. Just breath taking! I wonder if the students realize how lucky they are to have such a gorgeous place to study.
Driving to Mount Rainier National Park
After lunch at Feierabend with Rob’s coworker, we dropped him off at the airport and headed on our way towards Mount Rainier National Park. We saw lots of interesting spots on the drive. The little town of Elbe really caught my eye.
As we drove through the park, we saw the beautiful falls and the stone bridge we crossed over and had to stop and get some pics. While researching this area, I was surprised to read that this bridge was built in 1928! Christine Falls
As we drove it continued to snow the more elevated we got and I got a little nervous about the roads. We stopped at Henry M Jackson Visitor Center and looked around. We snapped some pics of us standing in the snow.
When stopped at the visitor center, it was suggested that we hike the Grove of the Patriarchs. This .3 mile loop is an easy hike and well worth it to see ancient trees 1000 years plus!
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