We are really enjoying riding the ferry every day. If we leave the island, we must do so by ferry. The ride is 15-20 min and it’s a very peaceful way to start the day. The view of Mt Ranier to the south is stunning. Yesterday, we took the ferry off Vashon to West Seattle, then a bus to the city, got on a ferry at Marion St. and rode over to Bainbridge Island. The views from the ferry were beautiful. Bainbridge was beautiful, and we met more warm, friendly locals.
When we disembarked from the Ferry, we cycled to the stoplight. Unfortunately, that left me on a hill so I couldn’t re-start the recumbent. We walked to the waterfront shopping/dining area and had a delicious lunch on the waterfront at Bainbridge Thai.The food was good, and the waterfront atmosphere even better. From there, we walked the waterfront to the public dock. John discovered the marine life under the docks and we were in 7th heaven, checking out the aenemone and sea stars. I’m posting some pics and hope to upload the video of the sea stars. It was a lovely day, surrounded by beauty.
Bainbridge Island Bicycles helped us find a route to ride on the island. We only did about 5 miles on the island, then got a bus back to the ferry landing because we started our ride so late in the day.
Rather than cycle up the killer hill on the recumbent, then have to walk because I’m unable to re-start once I stop, we took the island bus to the Thriftway grocery. We got shrimp, veggies and whipped cream. The cream was to do proper justice to the delicious cobbler that we are making from the local berries.
While we were on Bainbridge, we saw these girls harvesting berries. They had walked down under the boardwalk, and then in the water’s edge to the cliff where the berries grew. When we approached them, they were directly beneath our position on the board walk. I commented on how lovely the berries are, and John repeatedly told the young ladies how lovely and large they were. I’m not sure, but it seemed like we were talking about different things?!
Dinner was great. Basically, a repeat of last night’s dinner. The Hostel has such charm, and we are enjoying the other folks here. I was very wrong in calling it mediocre. It is for sale. The struggling economy is affecting Vashon Island in much the same way as the rest of our country, and it just needs a fresh start.
It’s Friday morning, and we are getting ready to walk down the the pond, then into Vashon town and finally, we will check out the beaches before heading back to pick berries with some new friends. For now, goodbye.
Go make your own breeze and remember: if you’re not having fun; you’re in the wrong gear!