Tacoma’s Wright Park
This easy two-bus trip took us to the Stadium district in Tacoma. Our first stop was to the Karpeles Manuscript Musuem. In the 1960’s Mr. Karpeles (a real estate developer from San Diego) started purchasing historic manuscripts and artifacts in order to preserve history for future generations. There are several of his free museums throughout the country, including Tacoma!
The Museum sits on the edge of Wright Park, across the street from the Conservatory. The current exhibit was about John Quincy Adams, the country’s sixth President. Did you know that both he and his father (John; the 2nd President) did NOT attend their successor’s innaguration? That has never happened before or after…
After viewing the documents, we walked across the street to the lovely Conservatory. This Victorian era greenhouse is operated by Tacoma Metro Parks. The tropical humid smell welcomed us as we entered. The seasonal display featured amazing chrysanthemums, in many styles and colors.
From there the group went in different directions to find lunch. A few of us ate at the Art House Cafe, for a creative and very good meal. From there, we headed to Kings Books, a huge used bookstore on St. Helens Avenue.
During this trek we broke a new Rebels by Bus record: a pouring rain and wind storm soaked us to the skin! Yuck.
We had all agreed to check in with each other at the bus stop at 1:00 pm. We were so soggy that we decided it was time to head home…. and thankful that we weren’t doing the driving through the huge puddles and freeway spray.
A cup of tea sure sounded good…