Washington Wanderlust

Monuments around the country memorialize the creators of the past, and inspire those who pave the path to the future. The United States boasts beautiful architecture across the country as reminders of the possibilities of hard work, determination, and courage. The major monuments that first come to mind are massive tributes like The Statue of Liberty, The Washington Monument, or Mount Rushmore. The nation is scattered with smaller and equally as important pieces throughout the countrysides. This week, Stephanie Juarez takes us to her hometown in Grant County, Washington. Her written details and pictures bring life to the uniqueness and beauty of her home.

Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies also known as The Wild Horses Monument is a sculpture of 15 life-size steel horses. Located in Grant County, Washington. It was a sight that mesmerized me every time my family would drive by it. I’ve only been there a couple times but now that I’m older I can really appreciate not only the view, but the craftsmanship and the hard work that went into each horse. If you’re ever in the area I highly recommend a visit to the monument. Getting to the sculpture is a steep but short hike that you will not regret. My only advice would be to stay low to the ground. I would even suggest crawling. The trail has many lose rocks and if you think it’s bad going up the hill, coming back down will take extra precaution. Watch your step! Be mindful of the little ones if you choose to take them up with you. It’s quite the view from the top but you’ll find yourself wondering why they feel so comfortable getting TOO CLOSE to the edge! Whoever you chose to take with you, it’s a breathtaking experience.” – Stephanie Juarez.

Photo by Stephanie Juarez

Beautiful art, breathtaking views, and lifelong memories are all around us. Take the time to visit your local landmarks. Breathe in the air of your surroundings. Check out the trails, and shops, and plaques, and sculptures you pass on your commute everyday but never stopped to look at. The diversity of this country’s landscape is incredible. The entire world is full of wonders I’m sure I can’t even imagine. It would be impossible to see them all, but the best place to start is by learning to take in the beauty of exactly where you’re at. Wherever that may be, there is magic around you- of that, I am certain.

Photo by Stephanie Juarez

Special thank you to Stephanie Juarez for sending me this piece! If you want to see your hometown featured head over to our contact page and send us the details. We would love to read your story!

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