We check the weekend forecast religiously throughout the week. Here in the Northwest, especially in the Fall, the weather can change on a dime. All week, the forecast was calling for periodic rain for Saturday. So no hiking or biking for the Foragers! We decided instead, to take a road trip down to Astoria, one of our favorite little Northwest towns. But our MacBook, it seems, had other plans.. internet connectivity issues forced us to forgo a lovely day of traipsing around Astoria in the rain in lieu of a smack-dab-middle-of-the-day Genius Bar appointment in.. wait for it.. Tacoma. Woo. No offense to Tacoma, but it just hasn’t been very high on our list of places to see. Actually I don’t think it’s been on Mr. F’s list at all. I suspected hidden potential.
Imagine our surprise when we awoke to sunny skies on Saturday. We decided to make the most of our Tacoma day, lining up some well reviewed eateries, but deciding to skip the Tacoma Art Museum because the Museum of Glass was closed for a private event. We’ll go back when we can hit them both. So it would just be a day for errands, eating, and exploring.
After a rocky start– an hour long wait to be served breakfast meant we sped to our Apple appointment sans nourishment in our bellies– we finally explored a bit of the Tacoma Theater District on the unexpectedly sunny day. Lots of lovely little antique shops ( oh how I wish my sis-in-law & fellow browser had been with me! ) and fantastic architecture, along with a very cool public art installation– The Garages, where it seems the city? owners of the garages? have given over the walls of the structure as a place for creative expression in the form of street art and graffiti.
Though we were a bit disappointed in our food choices, we were pleasantly surprised by the part of Tacoma we explored. We treated ourselves to a movie that evening, not much else to do at night in tiny Shelton and Sunday was spent running more errands and catching up on work. Do you ever have weekends like that? Ones that you look forward to all week, only to have them sabotaged a bit by the mundane problems of modern life? Oh well. High hopes for next weekend!
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