Travel Tuesday: Meeker Days

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

This weekend Scott and my little man Hugo were burnt out. Hugo hasn't been sleeping well and has been getting up 2-3 times through the night again and often fights taking his naps. Yikes. Of course, we're all tired but Saturdays are the only days we have available to get out as a family and I look forward to them all week. It took a lot of convincing the husband that we wanted to go somewhere this weekend so we kept things simple. We went to Meeker Days!

Meeker Days is a festivaly type farmer's market that downtown Puyallup, WA hosts once a year to celebrate Ezra Meeker (the guy who founded Puyallup and a few other sections of the valley). I used to go to Meeker Days almost every summer with my grandparents when I was growing up. They always had a ton of fun things to do, booths where individual crafters sold their goods, and delicious food. Yuumm. Since it was Hugo bear's very first Meeker Days, we just had to go. So we did.

Boy, has it changed. The last time I experienced Meeker Days was in June 2008 so I guess you could say it's been awhile.

Changes: 1.) There was a car show.
2.) Less crafters and booths with handmade items (sad days).
3.) Less options for temporary tattoos/henna (also disappointing because if you have an uber conservative family like I do, temporary tattoos/henna make for some heated conversations which is pretty fun because you get the feeling of rebelliousness without actually being rebellious. I looked forward to this every. year. #homeschoolkidthing?).
4.) More activities for kids like, rides, bouncy houses, etc.
5.) More food trucks and awesome food trucks at that! Plus - scones.
6.) The line for the scones. Bleeek.
7.) Expanded location.

Initially we planned to head over to Meeker Mansion after we walked around a bit but towards the end our feet were a little sore, Hugo was a little fussy, there was a little too much rain, etc. So we were lazy, went home, put our feet up, and watched movies On Demand. If you find yourself in Puyallup, definitely take the time to stop in at Meeker Mansion. It is a really beautiful museum, one of the best, I think in the area when it comes to mansion museums. And let me tell you, I have a thing for mansion museums.

Aside from scoping out the car show, vendors, and food trucks, we had lunch at our favorite pizza place: Trackside Pizza. I could go on, and on, and on about how awesome their breadsticks and pizza are. A huge bonus, the trains are very active in downtown and the restaurant is located right up against the tracks so it's always exciting when the trains go by.

And that's it for this Tuesday. Truthfully, we spent most of this weekend at home trying to catch up on some much needed sleep.

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