Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bainbridge Island

On our walk to the Ferry we noticed these Seattle Police Bikes with permanent Mittens on the handlebars

Washington State Ferries are Fun

This is Looking North West, We are headed to the Island on the Left

Approaching Eagle Harbor

Have to check these Marinas out, they are just a short ferry ride from Seattle!

Preparing to Depart, but we walked on.

Big Island but since we are walking we will just see a small bit

We stopped at a Blackbird Bakery for Tea and Cranberry, Apricot Scone I'm glad He did not get it first!

I think I like Eagle Harbor much more than the Mega Marinas in Seattle

There are two marinas in Eagle Harbor this one: http://www.winslowwharfmarina.com/index.html and Eagle Harbor Marina: http://www.eagleharbormarina.com/

Beyond the marina out in the middle of the Harbor are lots of Mooring Balls and These Mooring Cables that at common in the PNW where there is a length of cable secured on the surface of the water where several vessels can moor to. Not sure how this works since it would not seem to allow for full 360 degree swing?

The tide is down here at least 5'

Always interesting vessels like this wooden masted Schooner

What goes down has to come up

Maybe I should just get a Tug Boat

The Admiral remembered this from our Free walking Seattle tours. Jake the Tour Guide mentioned it as a great place to eat, this is where he Proposed to his wife. 

It was a 40 minute wait but we got a great table by the window.

My kind of view

My kind of Ale

Our Kind of Food, Salmon Salad for the Admiral and a huge bowl of clams for me

Time to walk back to the Ferry, maybe there will be a great Sunset on the way back?

Our first view of Mount Baker since we got here. 

Headed back to Seattle, can't see the Sun over the mountains, hope it is not to late to get a sunset pic

Well we will at least get a great view of Mt. Rainier. And that Sailboat way over there could be us some day?

A clear view back to Seattle as we emerge from Eagle Harbor

The Admiral is Happy!

Nice, we get to see lots of Pastels as the sun ends the day.

We texted our daughter to let her know we were on our way back and our Son In Law got this great pic from their condo of our return Ferry Trip. 

Bainbridge Island

We had been across to Bainbridge Island several times before when we came up to visit our daughter and when we bought Wand'rin Star which was moored at a marina in Paulsbo on Liberty Bay. To get to Liberty Bay you had to go clear across Bainbridge Island back to the mainland in Western Washington.
The Admiral is our Primary trip planner, she is always cooking up something to do Next.
The volunteer coordinator (who lives on Bainbridge) where we volunteer for the Seattle Symphony told us about Blackbird Bakery, a spot she says she can always be found: http://blackbirdbakery.com/pastries/.
So we found the bakery pretty quick on our walk through town towards the Harbor, Marinas and our Late lunch date at the Harbor Public House. There are lots of PNW Arts and Craft shops specialty cafe's and bars along the walk. It has to be a really special shop for us to get trapped into. Once you get rid of most of your stuff the last thing you want is to recreate that problem. A lot easier when you travel light!
Really liked walking along the shores and docks of Eagle Harbor seeing marinas, boats and scenery. Very protected Harbor and way better then the huge megalopolis Marinas of Seattle. There are hundreds of great harbors and marinas in Puget Sound, no way to see them all unless you lived up here and made that your cruising goal. We got a close up view several years ago of all the marinas in Paulsbo and Liberty Bay when we bought Wand'rin Star. We did not have time then to do much else but we did do a shake down cruise to Port Orchid before we sailed her up to Port Townsend to be decommissioned for the trip back to Texas.

The Admiral picked our Late Lunch Date restaurant, she remembered The Harbor Public House http://harbourpub.com/ mentioned on one of our Free Seattle Walking Tours.  It's where the Tour Guide proposed to his wife and since you can walk on the ferry and ride round trip for just $7 it makes a great day and story. I got a giant bowl of Steamed Clams for $14 and a great Ale, The Admiral got a Salmon Salad and was a happy camper. We tried to time the trip so we could see the sunset as we ferried back to Seattle and the timing was almost perfect.. By the time we got far enough out in the water to see the sunset (since the Olympic Mountains and foot hills are all around you), the sun had just gone below the Horizon but we got all the after glow and the pastel colors. Most of the pedestrians on the ferry were out on the deck taking their own sunset pics and enjoying a beautiful ride back to Seattle.

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