Lazy Sunday

The exceptional weather continues. It’s beautiful today with temperatures in the middle of the afternoon in the mid-70s.

We had the Tacoma Marathon today (TBTG, there were no bombs or other problems that I know of), but it did mean I had to carefully plot a route to church. I had to cross the route twice, but I didn’t have any problems because the police were guarding the cross streets and alerting traffic if there were runners coming. (Remember, we live between 13 and 14 on the map, and the church is on the hill above 20.)

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With the beautiful weather, I would have loved to eat lunch on Commencement Bay (to the east of us), but I figured with the marathon running right along Ruston Way, the restaurants there would be packed.

So we went to Steamers on Titlow Beach (just south of the bridge on the west side of the peninsula).

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It was a good choice since there’s a wonderful little park right there.

Titlow Beach (2)

So after lunch Big Al and I sat on the boardwalk…

Titlow Beach (5)

…and looked at the bridges and the water and sniffed the sea air…

Titlow Beach (3)

…and watched kids splashing in the shallows and doggies chasing balls in the Sound.

Then on the way home we took a detour through Point Defiance Park. Everybody and their aunt’s uncle had decided to take the kids to the zoo, so it was pretty crowded around the entrance, but we were able to get out of the crowds on 5-mile drive (thankfully, the marathon was long over.)

Vashon Island Viewpoint (5)

Vashon Island was its own beautiful self.

Tacoma Narrows

The Tacoma Narrows bridges looked just as good from the north as they had from the south.

Gig Harbor

And the view of Gig Harbor was wonderful. It’s a pity my camera isn’t good enough for you to see the Olympic mountains behind the peninsula between the trees. They are still snow-capped and beautiful.

 

Good Sunday

I took the Mexicana yarn to church today. We (anybody who wants to) is knitting/crocheting/weaving rainbow scarves for whoever wants one. They are to show our support for the LGBT community and we’ll be sending as many as we can knit to GA the next time it convenes.

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Several people took skeins home to see how it goes. We hope to have a lot of scarves to send.

After church we went with several other members to lunch at one of the little restaurants on the Narrows. I had some wonderful crab cakes – all crab and zero filler. That’s the thing I really dislike about many crab cakes – too much filler. But these seemed to just be flaked crab. It was served with a peppery pineapple salsa to die for and some wonderful onion rings. Yum.

We decided to drive through the Point Defiance Park on the way home and it was nice to see it now that it has gotten some rain, even if most of the trees are bare because it’s winter. It was pretty cold, still, so we didn’t get out at all. I was pleased to see that they have finished rebuilding the pagoda that burned several years ago.

One of the best things to happen this weekend was the Seahawks losing (sorry, Seattle fans). I’m sorry Denver lost – I’m not a Peyton Manning fan, but it was a great game. San Francisco’s win over Green Bay was also a really good game. And finally, I was sorry to see the Texans go out against New England. I really can’t stand the Patriots, and it would have been nice to have at least one Texas team still playing.

I finally got my workout in (I really like having a nicely equipped Wellness Center here at Tobey Jones). I put it off on Friday, and yesterday, and it was necessary that I get my bottom moving again. I’m doing a mile pretty easily now, and I need to step up to a mile and a half next week.

Point Defiance

I’ve probably mentioned that we live on the hill above Point Defiance Park.

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.

Very interesting.

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.