Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tacoma offers skating, sledding

By Paula McFadden, Opinion Columnist

There are many different religious holidays surrounding winter break such as Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, winter solstice, Bodhi Day and Ashura. Whether or not you celebrate a certain holiday, there are still winter activities in the Tacoma area.

Before you go home for winter break starts, take time to step off Pacific Lutheran’s campus and do something fun. I recommend going to Snoqualmie Pass or Mt. Rainier for sledding or Downtown Tacoma for ice-skating.

In order to go sledding, all you need is something to sled on, which you can get at Target or Wal-Mart for approximately $12.

I remember when I was younger, my parents pulled over to the side of the road on Snoqualmie Pass, and we just sled down this steep hill for free. I would suggest that you check to make sure that you are not trespassing if you decide to sled down a hill on the side of the road.

Another activity is to go ice skating. If you have ever been to Seattle during winter, you know that there is an outdoor ice-skating rink near the Space Needle and the Science Center.

Downtown Tacoma is getting its first outdoor ice rink, located at Franciscan Plaza just down Pacific Avenue in downtown.

It opened Nov. 25 and will close Jan. 2. Tickets are eight dollars and skate rentals are two dollars. Visit for more information.

The rink is right down the road from PLU, so getting there is the easy part.

The hard part is trying not to fall down. A lot of students have used rollerblades or ice-skated before, so we understand how it feels to fall down.Even if you have a fear of falling, turn your fear into a slight hesitation, because everybody falls.

Do not be afraid of something you cannot control.

The point is to have fun. If you do fall, you will not be the only one. Whatever you decide to do, celebrate the winter season with friends and family.

You might even see me at the ice skating rink holding onto the side.

Paula McFadden is a junior at Pacific Lutheran University pursuing a degree in English with an emphasis in writing and minors in communication and publishing and printing arts. She lives on-campus but calls Lakewood, Wash., home.