Our first stop was the Masonic Cemetery, where Tom's parents, grand parents, and great grand parents are buried.
It was shocking to me to realize that Tom's parents have been gone for 35 years! But then I did the math. We are old now too, older than they were when they passed.
Great grandfather Seneca Reeder has a Civil War marker.
We checked in on Tom's cousin Syd and her son Joe too, gone much to soon, and Syd's parents,Uncle Bob and Aunt Wanda. They were all part of the Whidbey Island bunch and are certainly missed at those Phosie Gertie picnics.
This is such a beautiful cemetery, especially when the stately old rhododendrons are in bloom.
We had planned to go from here to the rhododendron garden at Point Defiance Park, but alas, the gates were closed. We are all still in Phase 1 here. So we checked out a nearby nursery that we had driven by many times before but where we had never stopped. Jungle Fever specializes in tropical plants.
Tom bought a Spanish moss, which is a Tillandsia, an air plant. I'm not sure what he has planned for it.
Well, now it was time for our Starbucks treat. We had brought our lunch from home and we ate it in the car while still in the Tacoma Cemetery enjoying the beautiful and peaceful setting. Now we located a Starbucks near Commencement Bay in Tacoma, bought our beverages, and drove over to the Chinese Reconciliation Park on the bay.
There were people about but no crowds and we sat in the sunshine enjoying our coffee and another beautiful setting. Then we walked about a bit in the park.
The Rugosa roses are so fragrant.
It's Peony time and there were some beauties in bloom.
It was such a restful day that when I got home sometime after 4:00 I baked a rhubarb cake before fixing salads for dinner.
Getting away was refreshing as well as meaningful. It was a very good day.