Hello from the sick ward at my house. This is going to be a fairly lackluster post because my brain’s functioning at only about 50%, especially after watching “The Bachelor” premiere and the resulting loss of brain cells.
Ermagawd. (And the preceding sentence would have accompanied a still of Drunk Tara from “The Bachelor” if WordPress was cooperating, but my app kept crashing whenever I tried to insert the code, so there you go. #signfromGod)
This week’s theme is my 5 favorite things about living in Tacoma. If you’re from the PNW, haven’t spent time in Tacoma, and are aware of the stigma that my city (unfairly) carries, then you may giggle at this topic. But just read on.
5. Its wonderful parks.
Tacoma has dozens of parks, but my 2 favorites are Wright Park and Pt. Defiance Park.
I grew up playing in Wright Park, and now my kids play there. Pt. Defiance is the gem of our city: An urban forest jutting out over the Puget Sound. They’re truly special.
4. Tacoma loves runners, and runners love Tacoma.
Tacoma is a mid-sized city but it has a sizable running community with international reach. Tacoma Runners is 3,000+ members strong and hosts weekly beer runs and 5Ks.
The Marathon Maniacs and Half-Fanatics are based in Tacoma. And the community is growing!
3. Incredible recreation is only a short drive away.
We love to ski and also enjoy activities like clam-digging.
As Tacomans, we can do both activities by driving only an hour or less from our urban home. Pretty nifty being in the smack-dab of outdoor recreational opportunities like that.
2. Tacoma is real.
My friend Sonja sells t-shirts in her boutique that say “Gritty Tacoman” and they sell really well.
Tacomans are proud of our down-to-earth, no-bullshit ways. We aren’t glossy and upscale like Seattle or Vancouver. We’re a port city with industry and military bases. We’re diverse.
Tacoma isn’t a big city like Seattle, and it doesn’t carry the big price tag, either. I really appreciate being able to live comfortably in a pleasant, safe, and affordable neighborhood in Tacoma.
1. Its gorgeous setting on Puget Sound.
I get to see views like this on a daily basis.