Early morning looking out my window seemed almost too drippy and dismal to join Susan for a ride to her school. She had left some items there last week during a substitute teaching job, and would ride to retrieve them this morning. I dithered about joining her and thought to perhaps wait until later for a brief (Rainiac) ride on my own a little later.

My final decision was to join her on a route that I seldom do, thus avoiding some boredom of the rides I often do ;’-) I am so happy that I made that decision.

I found some Outdoor Art at two schools. The first school was on the way to the second, and as we turned into campus I was thinking maybe we shouldn’t be doing this during school hours!! Sure enough, shortly after taking photos, the security person approached us. Susan quickly showed her official school badge and we were ok!!

A title on the bottom platform of one said “tired”. I don’t know if the others are the same, and was reluctant to continue taking photos after just being stopped by security.

Then it was on to our actual destination or the “real” school stop. I stayed outside to watch the bikes, but again, we were approached (I twice) to identify why we were there. They were doing a good job of working at keeping the school safe, and isn’t it so sad that they need to do this.

Found a few arty things here too,.

It was a good morning of riding, we stopped at a bench to eat the snack we had brought, and continued on to home. No rain and a few sunbreaks for us today. Don’t trust the weather forecast (we here in the PNW know that).


  1. By: The Navigator Posted: November 6, 2018

    Those are really nice pieces of art and interesting that there would be enough funding to do those at a school. I remember we had a policeman at my first high school that was there a few days a week back in the early 1990s – it made me feel less safe! Thankfully, other places in the world don’t have such issues.

    • By: NancyG Posted: November 6, 2018

      I don’t know either, how they finance the art work, but some I think are art class works by students — surely not the archway nor the “tired” images, but others I see seem to be. Security people on school campuses is way past my time in school which, back then, was a safe place for kids. Some things that change with time are not all good.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: November 7, 2018

    Nice art, too bad that you couldn’t take more pictures. And sad that schools have to be protected by the police.

    • By: NancyG Posted: November 7, 2018

      The security staff is part of the school staff as they were not in police garb, and did not appear to be the police. I think their job is to “police” the grounds for unauthorized looking trespassers. I know that some (maybe all?) schools do have police staff or some kind of real security guards, but not sure how it all works. None the less — it is indeed a sad situation for schools and students to be in.

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