We have been living in Oregon for over 10 years now. The time has flown by because does not seem that long. Much like our lives in North Carolina, there were many local attractions that we never visited simply because, well, I don't know why. 

So, after 10 years here I finally made it to and INSIDE the capitol building and also the Hallie Ford museum. Both are across the street from one another and I have been near them and by them loads of times.

As a bit of a field trip, the boy and I went out for a couple hours to explore and learn. For the record this was the third trip my son has made to the capitol building, so he is a seasoned pro. We were lucky enough with our timing that we were able to accompany a group of other visitors to the top of the building and see the gold man close up.