Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What in the Sam Hill are we doing?

We are about a hundred miles up the Columbia River in Maryhill.  We are staying at Maryhill State Park which is down the road from a museum we have talked about seeing for years.

The Maryhill Museum sits on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River.  It is in the middle of nowhere.  Built by Sam Hill for his wife, she refused to live that far from civilization, so it was never lived in and sat empty for years.  Finally Sam decided to make it a world class museum.  He had the money to do anything he wanted to do.  Even in the middle of nowhere.

The view South from the house/museum.
Sam filled the museum with art from around the world.  I have to say he had good taste.

Terri striking a pose.
I enjoyed the Northwest Native art more than the European and Chinese art.  Of course the blown glass was great but not as colorful as I am used to.

So what do you build in the middle of nowhere if money is no object?  Stonehenge.  Makes good sense to add to your legacy, right?

Eva enjoys her time in England.  A cultured dog.
So in case you have ever wondered where the saying, "What in the Sam Hill are you doing?" you now know where the expression came from.  Crazy man or genius?  I'm not sure, but it was fun seeing his place.

Life is good.... even though Terri was eaten by this giant flower.

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