Our Mt. St. Helens Trip Was Not a Total Bust

Several months ago we got a discount voucher from Living Social for a B&B near Mt. St. Helens. It was ready to expire, so we planned a getaway during Merrilyn’s Spring Break. We had never checked out the famous volcano before, and it turns out that this is still the case. We didn’t know that the road to the summit area was still closed for the winter. We also didn’t expect it to rain nonstop. So, where normally one could catch a lovely view from the inn, this was all we saw:

It wasn’t really conducive for relaxing on the veranda sipping wine. On Friday’s post, I shared our dinner experience (“Does This Look Like Cole Slaw To You?“). All in all the trip would have been a total bust, if it hadn’t been for the fact that we had accidentally stapled another coupon to our lodging voucher. It was a voucher for admission to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. It was the little accident that redeemed our trip.

If you live in the Puget Sound region, you simply must go to the MOG. It was awesome!! One exhibit we enjoyed was the work of Paul Stankard who was an industrial glass artisan turned artist. You can check out his stuff here. Photographs are verboten in the museum, but here are some of the outside, including shots of the Chahuly Bridge that joins the lower museum district with the upper district across the freeway.

Up the hill from the museums is the Tacoma campus of University of Washington. And up the hill from that is a wonderful bar and grill called The Swiss Bar where we had a great lunch and I discovered my new favorite IPA by Maritime Brewery.

“Beer is proof that God loves us.” – Benjamin Franklin

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