My not-so-little brother graduated from college, and my family went up to Tacoma, WA for the weekend. It consisted of laughs, rain, and alcohol, as any weekend in Washington should. Read below!
There were six of us traveling together for the graduation: my parents, my grandma, my grandpa, his wife, and me. We all flew up and rented a minivan, the only car that could comfortably fit all of us. We were staying in University City, WA, right outside of Tacoma. We unpacked and got settled in our nice VRBO home, before heading over to Zach’s friend Jake’s place in Gig Harbor.
The road there was super windy and it was raining, so we were all very glad to get there. To reach the house, we had to walk down 100 steps, but when we finally got down there, it was really cool!
After a delicious meal (complete with shrimp that some friends had caught fresh in Alaska), we headed back home and to sleep!
We began our day on the Puget Sound campus for a fun little reception for all of the business majors, and a quick jaunt around campus for photos.
Then we headed over to Point Ruston, a cute development with shops, restaurants and apartments overlooking the water. We ate lunch at a delicious burger place called “Stack 571 Burger and Whiskey Bar,” before wandering around the rest of Point Ruston. It was only slightly drizzling on and off, so we soaked up those brief moments in the sun!
Next stop of the day? Point Defiance Park! We visited there in September and the flowers were absolutely gorgeous! This time, however, most of the flowers were not in bloom, but there were still some pretty photo ops!
After running around all day, we headed back to the house for a quick rest. Then it was time for dinner! Our original restaurant choice was too busy, so we ended up at “Steamers Seafood Cafe,” a fun and casual seafood place right on the water! There was a gorgeous sunset, so of course we stopped for more photo ops.
Zach’s big day finally arrived! We headed over to campus for a nice brunch that was being put on. We also got to celebrate our wonderful mom and grandma for Mother’s Day!
After the brunch, we let Zach go and change for the ceremony, while we headed to get good seats! We made sure to stay covered, as rain was in the forecast (of course it was, because Washington). We then sat for two hours before the graduation began. Am I the only one here who thinks that graduations are great in theory, but in practice are just….too long?
After two hours of waiting, and another two hour ceremony, he finally graduated and it was time to take some pictures!
We then headed back to the house where we had a yummy Italian dinner delivered! We all hung out, watched the sunset, and celebrated the graduate!
It was time for us to head home! After a quick breakfast at “Cooks Tavern,” we drove in the minivan one last time to get to the airport. Now to get ready for my 25th birthday!
-Girl in Tacoma 🙂