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City of glass

April 22, 2018

Take in Tacoma

Mount Rainier, an icon of the Washington landscape, shows its peak among the distant clouds as my husband and I make our acquaintance with Tacoma.

We would explore the neighboring national park — 58 miles to the southeast — in the days to come. But first it was time to explore this mid-sized port city on Puget Sound.

Tacoma proudly boasts the birthplace of world-famous artist and glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. His footprint is evident as we admire the Venetian Wall — comprised of 109 of his colorful pieces — on the Chihuly Bridge of Glass.

We are dazzled by the grandeur and scale of his work, which leads to the containable but impressive Museum of Glass. The 7,000-square-foot hot shop amphitheater provides opportunity to watch live glass blowing demonstrations and is worth a stop.

We had grown hungry and ordered our Antique Sandwich Co. deli sandwiches to go, so we could picnic in the neighboring Point Defiance Park. I was most dazzled by the abundant flowers in the flourishing gardens, where I spent considerable time taking photographs in the exquisite late afternoon light.