Ferry Wings

July 7, 2008

Remember the staycation phenomenon I mentioned last week? Well, the Independence Day weekend brought some staycating to the Living Smallers: We spent much of the three-day holiday doing some on-the-water commuting via the robust and totally rad Washington State Ferry system. For only $6.70 per person (round-trip, no less), Mr. and I were able to take in some Puget Sound scenery, *nearly* car-free and alongside loads of mass transit compatriots. Truly, the ferry gave us wings. Wings to fly away, baby.

On the 4th proper, Mr. and I rode across the Puget Sound to Bremerton, whereupon we hopped a family-organized carpool caravan to my Aunt and Uncle’s beachside home on Stretch Island (photo above taken on the island’s sand dollar beds at low-low tide). The following day, we boarded the Bremerton-bound ferry once more, but this time, we caught a Kitsap Transit Foot Ferry to Port Orchard, located across the bay from Bremerton, for a little antiquing. Caught some great photos, and even nabbed a few cool treasures (including a chartreuse Don Jay nut bowl — major score). Plus re: the foot ferry: It runs fee-free all summer, in honor of the Bremerton and Port Orchard Farmers Markets, making it that much easier for residents to avail themselves of local food and crafts. Pretty Small, yeah? I’m planning to take another ferry ride over on September 1 for the Blackberry Festival. Can’t beat it.

Next time, we’re contemplating renting a tandem bike for a little muscle-powered exploration. After that, maybe scooters. Why go abroad when there’s so much to see right here? Brava, Washington.