Spring break the routine

Activities that expand the mind and won’t shrink the wallet.

Hannah PedersonReporter

As winter quarter comes to a close, some students start to look to spring break for some sort of reprieve. They could go with their instincts and hibernate for the 11 days off, try to pay for college and get a temporary job or go on an adventure.

Some students rarely have time to expand their extracurricular horizons, so when they do, it can be overwhelming and they end up settling for another Netflix marathon. If they can scrounge up enough energy to invest in finding something to do, they’d discover the limitless options within Washington state.

For those who want to take advantage of Washington’s biodiversity and unsettling spring weather, they might want to check out the Hoh rainforest: a rainforest with banana slugs and other wonders of the natural world that’s about a four-hour drive east of Puyallup.

According to the National Parks Service website, the Hoh rainforest is one of the finest remaining examples of a temperate rainforest in the United States. It features two easy-going trails that show off all the major draws of the park and provide a serene green place to forget about winter quarter. The park is open in spring and fall from Friday through Sunday.

If students prefer not to poke slugs and laugh at trees that look like other things but still want to appreciate the beauty of nature, the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden is 20 minutes away in Federal Way. As the name suggests, the garden features Washington state’s official flower with more than 700 varieties of the 1000 known for the species according to rhodygarden.org, the garden’s official website. Most of the varieties will be in bloom and available to smell, touch and talk to about personal problems during the time that Pierce College students have off. The winding trail through the plants and ponds could be a therapeutic place to go over spring quarter anxieties with a friend or just to oneself. The rhododendron garden is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The admission for the third Thursday of every month is free from 4-7 p.m, otherwise it’s $8.

For those wary of sporadic spring sprinkles but still want an adventure, Seattle’s Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour is a macabre place to spend an afternoon. The tour spans the remnants of old Seattle, which is currently beneath the streets of new Seattle. Before Seattle was a hub for metrosexuals and indie youths, it was a hive of scum and villainy to rival Mos Eisley. Its remains are littered with brothels fronting as seamstresses, opium dens and all kinds of other places. From April through September, the tour is offered daily from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.. Ticket are $16 with a college ID.

For a more tame experience, emerge from subterranean Seattle and head to the first cat café in the city, Seattle Meowtropolitan. The café partners with the Regional Animal Services of King County to provide a temporary home for sociable cats looking for employment, with the cats being available for adoption at varying times, according to the café’s website. Students need to make a reservation online before checking in and pay the $10 fee (per person). Then, they’re free to pet, play with, hug and cry on the furry employees.

“I’d be apprehensive at first, but then I’d feel comfortable because cats,” student Nomi Samuel said. “And what’s not to love about cats and coffee?”

Spring break doesn’t have to mean visiting Cancun or living in a blanket fort watching low-budget web series for 11 days. Students can go out and actually live their lives for a few unburdened days.

The Puyallup Post is the award-winning news media of Pierce College Puyallup in Puyallup, Washington. Copyright The Puyallup Post 2018. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube @thepuyalluppost

Hannah Pederson

Spring break the routine

by Hannah Pederson time to read: 2 min