and Recreational Resources
Evergreen State College is in Olympia, Washington at the southern
tip of Puget Sound. The college is on 1000 acres of mostly
wooded land bordering Eld Inlet, and has a trail down to the
college beach. It has a College Recreation Center (CRC) with
an Olympic-sized swimming pool and diving well, indoor basketball,
volleyball, and handball/racquetball courts, a weight room,
dance studios, an exercise room and indoor and outdoor climbing
walls. During the summer the CRC is open from noon to 6:00PM
and costs $5.00 per day, $15.00 per week or $80 for summer
quarter. We must make arrangements in advance if you wish
to pay by the week or get the slightly less expensive summer
pass. There are four outside athletic fields and there are
tennis courts, some under a covered pavilion.
is the state capital, and has a small museum with a collection
of Native American baskets and clothing. We also have a fine
Farmer’s Market with some of the best wild salmon, smoked
salmon, and oysters in the world. If that interests you, you
will be here for several of the most delicious runs. There
are also several good restaurants that serve vegans, vegetarians,
and omnivores. Olympia has a well-known “indie” music scene
if that is to your taste. Bert Wilson, one of the great Jazz
saxophonists and composers in the country lives here and sometimes
holds concerts in town, and the Olympia Film Society shows
international and independent films at the Capital Theatre.
you want to rent a car, or get together with other participants
and rent a van, Olympia is an half hour south of Tacoma which
is home of the Tacoma Art Museum, The Museum of Glass (Tacoma
is the birthplace of Dale Chihuly), and the Washington State
Historical Museum, which has an outstanding collection of
American Indian baskets and interactive videos about indigenous
cultures in Washington state. Seattle is an hour away, the
home to numerous museums including the Seattle Art Museum
and the Burke Museum, both of which have outstanding collections
of Northwest Coast indigenous art. And there are galleries,
indigenous artists, bookstores, reading series, music, dance,
and great restaurants.
We will take a field trip to Seattle.
Pacific Ocean is a two-hour drive west for anyone who has
never seen the sun set over the Pacific, and the Olympic Peninsula
with its beautiful beaches, mountains and rainforest has numerous
destinations that make a beautiful day or weekend drive. You
will glimpse some of this on our drive to Neah Bay and back.
I personally think that watching the sun set at Tsooyes Beach
on the Makah Reservation is a joy.
Rainier State Park and the Cascades are a short drive east.
Portland, Oregon with a nice Native American art collection
at the Portland Art Museum, and access to all the waterfalls
along the Columbia Gorge, is two hours to the South.
if you come prepared with your reading done, there will be
too much to do and too many places to see to exhaust them
on weekends. We can give you a list of places to see great
indigenous art if you desire, and we’ll keep an eye on the
local reading series to see who might be reading poems or
a new novel somewhere in the area.