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Blowing Sands and the Trumpet

How hard can it be to take some photos of a large metal horse?  Quite hard, apparently.  It’s not been for lack of trying or at least not just that.  In the meantime we’ve been scooped, this time by the art critic at Ballard Gossip Girl who had the following review last December:

Blowing Sands Glass Studio is showing some fantastic sculpture by Dan Klennert.  You can see a number of his works outside the studio ….   We think they appeal to the mechanic in all of us, not only inspiring us to see the animal and human forms but to identify the individual parts.  Well done, dudes!

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Aurora Rents -- December 2010

While we’re on the much maligned N. Aurora Ave (even a Yeti comes armed?), I’d like to express my belated thanks to the owner of Aurora Rents who did the right thing and preserved this priceless pachyderm.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who enjoys its presence.  And this article on the recent renovation from the Seattle Times, says as much and also provides a good overview of the elephant’s history.  And more information is available here at Northwest Hub.  Apparently it started out life in Fremont before moving to its current location in 1946.

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Well, it wasn't supposed to go down that way

At some point this Chevy Suburban was abandoned in the Tongass National Forest on Prince of Wales Island, north of Thorne Bay; left for dead at the side of the road.  It’s got bullet holes in its mirrors and just about everywhere else, it’s been set on fire several times, and it’s gradually blending in with its surroundings.

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No Caption Needed

I’ve stopped at this rest stop, somewhere between Walla Walla and Yakima, several times in the past.  I don’t remember how many times or exactly where it is.  But I do know that I hadn’t noticed this handy chapel until my most recent visit.  To me, this ranks right up there with the subterranean chapel at Heathrow Airport, which is located by the Central Bus Station elevator.  I’ve passed the signs for the Heathrow chapel dozens of times, but have never actually seen in.  Maybe I’ll have to peak in the door next time I’m there.   

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God-Zillah's Teapot (ahem)

A gas station in the shape of a teapot.  Now that’s something I can get behind.  And the fact that this handsome teapot was built in 1922 to commemorate the Teapot Dome bribery scandal of the 1920s and not a hot refreshing brew is fine by me.  I’m just amazed (and impressed) that somebody way back when thought this rock looked like a teapot.  Moved from its original location in 1978, the Teapot Dome Service Station is currently located across I-82 from Zillah, Washington. 

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