We visited Tacoma in August to see our son. He lives a few blocks from Commencement Bay. The bay is visible from his windows, as is Mt. Rainier. We enjoyed a wide variety of sights and activities. We spent several evenings at a city waterfront park enjoying the view of the bay and some ships. See the arrow on this map.
A place we visited often for morning hikes was Point Defiance Park. See the map above. It has a one way 5 mile traffic loop with several points of interest and beautiful views. On weekends, the loop is closed to automobile traffic. Only hikers and bicyclists may use the paved road. There are several hiking trails through the forest as well with huge trees and tall ferns. On weekday mornings, we had the trails to ourselves.
This is a short clip of one of the trails we hiked in Point Defiance Park.
We made a point of visiting the zoo at Point Defiance. It is well maintained with species of plants labeled with ID info and a collection of animals that is not too large. The confinement pens were well protected and looked clean.
This Red Wolf (Canis rufus) at the zoo was very alert to the feeding time soon to happen. It gracefully trotted by several times. These wolves are one of the world’s most endangered canids. According to the Recovery Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service…
The red wolf was designated an endangered species in 1967, and shortly thereafter the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiated efforts to conserve the species. Today, more than 50 red wolves roam their native habitats in eastern North Carolina, and nearly 200 red wolves are maintained in captive breeding facilities throughout the United States.