The Overpass is GLASS

Trip Start Jul 08, 2006
Trip End Sep 03, 2006

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Flag of United States  , Washington
Sunday, August 27, 2006

Downtown Tacoma. The city with the weird rep. In Seattle, we laugh. "The Aroma of Tacoma" is our buzzword joke for this spot at the tail-end of Puget Sound. Lately it has promoted itself as the "Most Wired City in the World," a statement about computer accessibility, not caffeine addiction. If an event is staged that draws Seattlites, they zip down and back, nobody stays overnight. Except, we did!
For one, I wanted to do an "overnight" somewhere with the kids, and for two, well, I happen to like Tacoma, its beautiful setting, its easy-to-get-around size, and all the things there are to do. Like, Pt Defiance Zoo, which I learned is only a small part of Pt Defiance Park.
And like the Glass Museum, which has a Hot Shop the likes of which I don't think even exist anywhere else in the world. And the Glass Bridge? At least a million dollars worth of Chihuly glass on display (yes, I mean Dale Chihuly), you walk across a FREEWAY OVERPASS for gosh sake, and gaze right and left at hundreds of pieces of incredible blown glass, in security-wired glass cases; you gaze overhead at an ocean bottom of blown glass, thousands of recreations of underwater gorgeosity, it is a wonderland and yes boys and girls, it is FREE.
The Glass Bridge is a lovely pathway connecting the Glass Museum and the State Museum, and the State Museum is on a downtown street across from the Tacoma branch of the University of Washington, a tree-lined street that is, with the cutest little electric train shuttling you back and forth for FREE.
Zounds! Even with an overnight we don't have enough time to properly visit both the Museums, and the Hot Shop doesn't open till 1 PM on Sundays, so, we go for the Glass Bridge (as good as church!), and then, move on.
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