When nature and man-made architecture work together in harmony, the results can be pretty amazing. I experienced this over the weekend when my friends and I visited Vance Creek Bridge, the second highest railway arch ever built in the United States. This strong structure stands 350 feet above the ground, surrounded by the forest of the Olympic Peninsula.
The views here are simply breathtaking, and for some, breathtaking is not an exaggeration. My sister, who must have inherited my mom's fear of heights, needed my help crossing the bridge. But who can blame her? The bridge was built in 1929 so it had plenty of missing planks and rotten wood. Safety issues aside, this hidden treasure of the Northwest was enjoyed by many on that misty Saturday.
The lengths I would go to for the perfect selfie were extended when I neared the edge of the bridge, one gust of wind and this blog post wouldn't exist. I felt pure adrenaline as I went a step further and let my legs dangle in the free air below me. There aren't very moments that I feel like a daredevil, but I did then as I took a peek at the creek babbling hundreds of feet away.
If you're ever near Shelton, Washington, I totally recommend visiting this rewarding vista. It's a two-hour drive from Seattle, but the views are worth seeing at least once in your lifetime. Take a look at the video I made of this vista in motion.
A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.