Friday, November 27, 2009

Seattle Tourist - Ferry Rides

The sun was shining, actually shining this morning. I understand this is a strange and rare occassion this time of year here in the great north wet. I took my coffee and croissant down to Edmonds Beach. I love Edmonds Beach, and Richmond Beach and Gateway Beach...okay I love the beaches. While I watched the single gull on the beach lurking for a piece of my croissant the ferry came in. Oh, this ferry is one I've wanted to ride from the first time I watched them going in and out this last summer.
I am feeling this morning a bit defeated (read disposal issues) and just unsettled which I won't share here. I drove the three minutes back home, bundled up, grabbed a notebook for writing (okay, so that part didn't work) and headed back to Edmonds. Three hour parking is all I needed.
The view from inside the walkway. All I'm thinking is that it is about time I took this trip.
From the deck the view of the Puget Sound is spectacular, but the pilings are in focus.
206 cars fit on the ferry. At Edmonds/Kingston ferry there are two boats that crisscross the sound - the Spokane and the Puyallup
Coming into Kingston. Is this a sunny, wonderful, perfect day or what?!
Both Edmonds and Kingston have a lovely marina. I love dark hulled sailboats.
In the shadows - long tall sally.

The Puyallup is a nicer boat. Maybe it's newer. The breeze had picked up by the time I was on the return trip. The wind was whipping by so strong around the bow I could feel my glasses move on my face. I walked the decks on the sunny side both coming and going. Soaking it in.

Kingston is a lovely, small, sedate town. Just what I needed today. The view of the houses on the slopes nearby was provincial and inviting. There is a quilt shop on the Kingston side that garnered most of my time, though none of my money. Maybe next time. But, next time I want to bring my bike over to the island and bike through the neighborhoods and wooded areas I could see from the ferry. Best thing, pay one way, the way home is free. A bike is only a $1 premium. An excellent three hours for all of $7. Tourism on a shoestring.

5 comments:

  1. Imagine that, a ferry, a marina, an island and a town named Kingston :-) We have the wind, too. We don't have a charge for using the ferry, though, bike or not. That's due to some long ago pork barreling that would be extremely difficult to reverse :-)

    Oh, and it takes about ten minutes to bike to the dock, but I never remember what times the ferry leaves ;-)

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  2. I dated a guy, who married a woman one month after we broke up, who jumped off the ferry and drowned herself (on purpose). Sorta gives you a different perspective when you ride ferries. Eh? Realizing while you and I might be feeling so much awe and wonder over the trip through the Puget Sound -- others might be yearning for their own destruction.

    Beautiful photos. Life is a journey that brings us all bumps and dips. So much of how we survive has to do with how we process things in our minds.

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  3. Hope you are feeling better now my dear. I love Ferries myself eevn tho I dont know quite why. May you have a tremendous weekend my friend."HUGS"

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  4. Thanks for the comment you left on my blog. I love reading your entries . . . puts my home state and old stomping grounds in a whole new light for me.

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