The road in front of our apartment is the south border of the park between Pearl and Vessault. We took a drive around the park on the 5-mile drive last Sunday. Here are the pictures.
As you enter the park there is a large lawn and lake.
The visitor’s center
Some of the area is formal gardens, and some is wild. This is the rose garden.
They’re working on a Japanese pagoda and Zen garden.
There are lots of picnic tables and picnic areas, as well as trails all through the park.
This is the rustic picnic area.
There’s a sandy beach where folks can swim in the sound (this day it was overcast and 62 deg. and even the Tacomans didn’t want to swim.)
5-mile drive winds through old-growth forest.
There are plenty of lay-bys and viewpoints to see the Sound and the other shore. This is Vashon Island.
We can see across the narrows to Gig Harbor on the Olympic Peninsula.
Little boats on the Sound in the Narrows.
Interesting trees at the Tacoma Narrows Viewpoint
The Bridges that replaced Galloping Gertie across the Narrows.
There’s lots of wildlife in the park, including this fellow who posed for his portrait. There’s also a Zoo and an Aquarium.
There’s a living history museum, Ft Nisqually.
There are docents in historical garb in most of the buildings.
The Tacoma Garden Club has an area devoted to native plants. Our fence is just behind this stand of trees.
And we’re back at the big lawn at the entrance/exit of the park.