Monday’s Mystery

Darn, nobody posted an answer to the last Mystery posting…the apparent WW II landing craft beached on the western shore of the Columbia River across from where the Spokane River merges. I even asked Google; nada. Ohwell, the answer is out there………….somewhere.

Here’s today’s mystery: What sort of bush/tree is this? I photo’d it growing in the Madison neighborhood on Lake Washington north of the U of W campus. Brought back memories of another place we lived. Ideas?

Monday’s Mystery

Bet you really didn’t notice that three weeks ago I knew I was going to be out of town so I did posts dated ahead for the three weeks…. CONGRATS to Gary Parfitt who knew that the Aug 21st mystery place was the Ross Lake Resort. To Arlene Rowden, Phyllis Griffith and Sonji Ruttan for recognizing it was Spokane (Aug 14th) through that smoke-haze. And several of you commented on the Aug 7th post about apples. Thank you all for reading my posts. I encourage all of you to read, to comment and to read the comments

Today’s mystery is a doozey and probably one that nobody can solve.

Hubby and I were boating on the Columbia River/Lake Roosevelt near where the Spokane River empties in. We went a few miles up the east side and then down the west side. It was along there that I spotted this…. to my ken it looks like a World War II landing craft……. see the end flipped down? It was metal and the right size for such a guess. How on earth and why on earth was THIS THERE????

Monday Mystery

Today’s mystery question:  Where can you rent a cabin “built on log pallets that float gently on the water?” This is a very remote, but in Washington, place.


Last week’s smokey-air-city picture was my town, Spokane. But I’ll bet your town carried similar photos on their local news. It was darn awful, right? 

Again, sorry, but no names from last week….. I’m doing this early because of attending the NWRC. But hope YOU did think about it rather than experiencing it!

Monday Mystery

Today’s mystery question is: What city is this, as photo’d on 5 August??

In August, raging forest fires smoked the air all across our state. Folks with asthma and breathing problems were advised to stay indoors. It was not pretty and pretty awful. More so for those who lost property, of course.


Last week’s mystery was all about apples! There are some 175,00 acres of apple orchards in Washington, yielding 2.5 tons of that juicy fruit. According to the Washington Apple Growers website, the most popular are Red Delicious, Golden Delicous, Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Braeburn, Honeycrisp, Cripps Pink and Cameo. Personally, my favorite is Pink Lady.

Not naming winners today, sorry, because I’m writing this a week early and today I’m off to the Northwest Regional Genealogy Conference in Arlington. See you there!

Monday Mystery

Today’s fun mystery is “supply the missing words:”

There are 7500 ______ varieties known in the world; relatively few are grown in Washington with these being the most prominent _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____, _____.

There are ______ acres of these in Washington yielding _____ tons.

My favorite is ________.


Nobody had the correct answer to last week’s mystery of what/where is this beach? It was Rialto Beach, west from Forks. Ever been there???

Monday Mystery

Today’s mystery is another location, most appropriate for these hot summer days………… what beach is this, specifically? Bet many of you have been there!


Congrats and Strawberry Shortcake to Curtis Hoffman for being the first to identify last week’s mystery photo as Steptoe Butte in Whitman County, south of Spokane. He remembers his family driving up there in the 1960s.

Anne Grimm and Sonji Ruttan also gave correct answers. Good for youse guys!

Monday’s Mystery

Today’s mystery is a photo-mystery. What is this (obviously a hill!) and where is it and why is it important to Washington history?

With last week’s mystery, I was musing about how a little wooden image of an ancient Hindu elephant god came to be floating along the western-end-edge of Long Lake where I found it among the driftwood. Two possible solutions were offered….love ’em!

Sonji Ruttan:  A group of Hindus were holding a seance on a luxury houseboat on Long Lake and offered this to the river god.

 Bettye Hull: There was a very old Hindu man traveling by wagon train in the 1880s through these parts. The wagon train was raided by Indians and many things were stolen. Obviously, this fell out of the bag of “loot”, or was discarded by the Indians because they had no idea what it represented.

Monday Mystery

Shucks. Nobody won a WSGS cupcake from answering last week’s mystery question. Nobody knew where the “Scrappy Sasquatch” was located. WELL! It’s in Elbe (near Mount Rainier, west side) and is in a personal roadside sculpture park on State Route 706 on your way to Paradise Lodge and the park. Google “En Nihilo Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park” to see all of Daniel Klennert’s creations.

Today I have a mystery for you of a totally different ilk. I found this wooden carved “thing” floating in Long Lake. This is the Spokane River where a lake has been formed (Long Lake) behind a dam (before continuing on its way into the Columbia River).

The blue glass is there for size comparison. Doing a bit of research, this is the ancient Hindu elephant god Ganesha, “one of the best known objects of devotion in the Hindu religion.” Notice especially the legs and feet positions. It’s carved from some very dark wood and must not have been in the water too long for it was not weathered or rotten a bit.

The mystery is how on earth did THAT get to be floating in Long Lake????? Especially in the lower end stretch, way past the houses and nearer to the dam, floating at lake’s edge amidst the weeds, plastic and driftwood. If you care to make up a story solving this mystery, I’d love to hear from you with said story!

Monday’s Mystery

Today’s mystery question:  Where can you see a metal sculpture “garden” complete with a larger-that-life Scrappy Sasquatch, made from driftwood and metal? (Can you tell I’m on a sasquatch kick?)

And a chocolaty WSGS cupcake to Lori Bell who sent this answer to my question “How many Native American tribes are registered in Washngton?” Here’s her answer:

“There are 29 Federally recognized tribes in WA. I teach my 4th graders about WA state, including Native Americans. Shocking to compare maps of tribal regions before and after 1855 treaties.”

Thanks to faithful responders Patty Olsen, Anne Grimm, Sonji Ruttan and Phyllis Griffith, for mostly-correct answers.

Monday Mystery

Today’s mystery question is this: How many Native American tribes are there in Washington State? Probably more than you’d think.

A special Fourth of July cake is awarded to Patty Olsen who was the first to post that the Vantage Bridge connects Kittitas and Grant counties. Karen Hand was two minutes later! Opal Mhyres, Sonji Rutan and Phyllis Griffith also gave correct answers.