We decided to start with the big picture and began learning about the functions of the different branches of Washington State Government, so we took a trip to Olympia for a tour of the legislative building.
Here we are standing on the steps in front - it's an imposing structure!
Our tour guide was a former staffer whose enthusiasm was contagious.
The view of the cupola from the inside.
Sitting in the balcony of the chamber of the House of Representatives.
Overlooking the main hall. This is a public space where people can hold receptions and even weddings.
The Olympians got to sit at the conference table in Governor Jay Inslee's office. Here they are surrounding the chair he sits in to sign legislation into law.