Lunch and Peonies in West Seattle
This post was written by guest blogger, Karen Valenzuela, an enthusiastic Rebel by Bus. Thank you, Karen!
On a recent blustery spring morning, nine rebels gathered at the Martin Way park-and-ride in Olympia to board the 605 Intercity Transit bus to Lakewood, on our way to pay a visit to South Seattle Community College. At the Highway 512 park-and-ride in Lakewood, we caught the Sound Transit 594 bus, which toured us through several stops in Tacoma on our way to downtown Seattle, where we then hopped the Metro 125 at 3rd & Pike. That route took us along the soon-to-be-closed Alaskan Way viaduct where we were able to get a quick glimpse of the resting Bertha, the huge machine that’s boring the enormous hole in the earth for the tunnel that will someday replace the viaduct. And though by this point in our adventure it was misting heavily, the view of Elliot Bay was nonetheless delightful as always. We arrived at the college just in time for our pre-arranged luncheon at the Culinary Arts Center, and were served by no fewer than three waitstaff who took very seriously seeing to our every need. We enjoyed a three-course meal, and lingered so long over coffee and dessert that we were behind schedule to visit the Chinese Garden and arboretum. Peonies in the garden were in full bloom, and were an elegant complement to the spare Chinese architecture of the garden. This is really an impressive facility, and open to the public for rental for weddings and other kinds of events. The arboretum, adjacent to the Chinese garden, is small-ish but also breathtaking in the number of plants and how they’re all arranged. Both the Chinese Garden and the arboretum, as well as a nearby plant nursery, are part of the community college’s horticulture program, training students in all aspects of the cultivation, care and business of plants. We caught a later bus off the campus than we were originally scheduled for, which put us in Lakewood just after our bus to Olympia had departed. But even with an hour wait for the next 605, we were back in Olympia shortly after 6:00 PM, tired but generally happy after our day as rebels by bus. This is an adventure by bus I cannot recommend too highly!