Many drivers are still recovering from last weekend’s encounter with the 27-mile-long traffic snake in Snoqualmie Pass, so all of this week’s ideas are within 27 miles of Tacoma. That way, no matter how bad things get, we guarantee you won’t be stuck in 27 miles worth of traffic.
But drivers beware: Construction work is expected to close multiple lanes of northbound I-5 through Lakewood, with the potential for 10-mile backups. Try to avoid the area from 9 tonight through 8 a.m. Sunday, with the heaviest traffic expected Saturday.
The weekend forecast calls for high temperatures in the upper-60s, so it’s a good time to get outside if the “chance of rain” holds off.
In downtown Gig Harbor, the Maritime Gig Festival will take over Harborview Drive from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Sunday. The parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. Beware of pirates.
This weekend is also a rare chance to get free access to national parks, forests and wildlife refuges, such as Mount Rainier, Olympic, Mount St. Helens or Nisqually. Entrance fees are waived Saturday and Sunday in celebration of National Trails Day, which is Saturday. Check out the list of Trails Day events in Washington.
Close to home, Point Defiance Park will celebrate trails day with a hike at 8 a.m. (meet in the zoo parking lot) and a work party from 9 a.m. to noon (meet at Owen Beach).