Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Steeped in History

The traveling teapot spent a day exploring local history. 

It visited Sacajawea State Park which is located at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers. The location is famous for being a site where the explorers Lewis and Clark set up camp on their overland exploration to find a route from coast to coast.

Lewis and Clark were accompanied by a Lemhi Shoshone guide and interpreter named Sacajawea. She traveled thousands of miles with them in their exploration of the American west between 1804 and 1806. She captured the imagination of Americans and has become legend. In the early twentieth century the National American Woman Suffrage Association made her their symbol of a woman's worth and independence. Many statues, plaques, and sites have been established in her honor.

The traveling teapot visited the state park on a very busy day! 

The Lady Washington (official ship of Washington state) and the Hawaiian Chieftain were sailing in the waters near the park. The brig, Lady Washington, is a replica of the original that sailed in the late 1700's and early 1800's. She is an embodiment of American maritime history. 

Beautiful music filled the park, as the 10th annual Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival was going on. Fiddlers, banjoists, and guitar players gathered from all over the Pacific Northwest. They camped the week-end at the park and seemed to enjoy a relaxing and wonderful time.

The traveling teapot did her duties as an ambassador, meeting people who might be interested in her travels. Here she is posing with one of the park rangers who works at the Sacajawea Interpretive Center.

A quaint pavilion along the river's shore provided a quiet place to enjoy a cup of tea. The pavilion is called Vista House and was built in 1927 as a project of the Daughters of Pioneers of Washington.

The plum teapot seemed right at home as she poured cups of fragrant oolong tea. The teacups for the day were carefully selected because they seemed appropriate for the historical time being studied. They are Haviland & Co., Limoges, France.

The day was pleasant and relaxing.

There's something quite tranquil about water, grassy areas, shade trees, and interesting things to see. The teapot was not the only one who enjoyed the day!


Storybook Woods said...

Wow, she is getting quite the NW tour and making friends I see. A good pot of hot tea will always make the best of friends xox Clarice

Marilyn said...

I must say I just love Sacajawea and have read books about her, so would have thoroughly enjoyed having tea there. The quaint way station was the perfect place to share tea from the little plum teapot.

Karen's Place said...

Sacajawea was also a part of our California history. So glad to see men actually asked a women for directions. A nice way to spend the day with the teapot and her history. I would of loved to of joined you here at this serene spot.

Time Traveling in Costume said...

This teapot really is getting a personality all its own.