Tag: Ferry

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts, Smooth Sailing

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts, Smooth Sailing

When you live on an island, and your only way off the island is by ferry, rider opinions arise as frequently as exhaust fumes from a ship’s funnel.  Some islanders have a contentious relationship with the ferry system, its policies, its fares, its maintenance delays. (They usually don’t […]

The Snapshot That Cost Me My Lunch

The Snapshot That Cost Me My Lunch

I had to take a trip “off-island” for some special wire fencing that was nowhere to be found “on-island.” After adding a quart of oil to Old Grey, and rounding up the mutts, we headed to the ferry dock to embark on our retail adventure. […]

Just the Moon, Mount Rainier and Me

Just the Moon, Mount Rainier and Me

Departing from the south end of the island, the less-traveled Vashon-Tacoma ferry between Tahlequah and Point Defiance is a step back in time and a welcomed respite. The M/V Rhododendron chugs across the south sound with the charm of a child’s vintage pull toy. Heading […]

Orcas: When Delight Swims By, Look Up

Orcas: When Delight Swims By, Look Up

No Orcas in sight…yetMost ferry trips are uneventful–spectacular, but uneventful. Some riders will stumble out of their cars to fetch a refill for the commute. Others will stake claim to their favorite booth and collect conversations from eager ears and willing hearts. And still a […]