Tag: Washington State Ferries

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 […]

Keeping Vashon Neighborly

Keeping Vashon Neighborly

After a recent trip to Seattle, I sat on the ferry feeling as though I had visited the moons of Jupiter, or at least been witness to the Northwest equivalent of the bar scene in Star Wars. I didn’t recognize Seattle and she didn’t recognize […]

The Man, the Cake Tin and the Ferry Ride

The Man, the Cake Tin and the Ferry Ride

My mom jokes with me about the number of potlucks I attend. She’s right, it’s the way of my people. Islanders are a social lot by nature and food is always in the mix. Yep, potlucks are the new normal. Folks around here always  (or […]

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. […]

Vashon Island: One Day I Drifted Ashore…

Vashon Island: One Day I Drifted Ashore…

  Discovering Vashon Island Journeys rarely make sense and mine is no exception. Lucky for me, I drifted ashore on Vashon Island, a sweet spot moored in the middle of Puget Sound, home to the quirky, the kind, and the unabashedly laid back. A stunning ferry ride from West […]

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 […]

You Can’t Judge a Man by His Topper

You Can’t Judge a Man by His Topper

After a fine evening in West Seattle with friends, I found myself on the Fauntleroy dock awaiting the 10:20 p.m. ferry to Vashon. Wind howling, sea spray biting, it really was a dark and stormy night, a Deadliest Catch flashback kind of night. On the […]

Recalling When Christmas Came to Vashon

Recalling When Christmas Came to Vashon

The old place bedazzled by swags of C-9s. I was revisiting some of my past Christmas posts, and stumbled upon the one that follows. While I do hate to repeat myself, I thought, heck I’ve seen A Charlie Brown Christmas a bazillion times and I […]

Commute With a View, When Daylight and Clouds Allow

Commute With a View, When Daylight and Clouds Allow

It’s a dark and lonely commute by ferry in the winter (as seen on the covered bow deck) Light at last! April 15, 2009 at 0623 PT, Mt. Rainier reveals itself   May 01, 2009 at 0622 PT, ah…a daylight commute at last I bid “Good morning” […]