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JOURNAL : September 19, 2009
After attending a convention in Seattle and having nothing better to do than to explore the Olympic Peninsula, I decided to hail a vehicle ferry bound for Bremerton.
Turned out to be a great way to see the city. And being single at this time, to converse with a cute girl on the ride over.
A cute girl I chatted with
In times past my family and I have sailed this same route, traversing Puget Sound or the Straits of Juan De Fuca from one destination to another. Nearly one year after this ferry ride my family and I would embark from Seattle on a cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage.
At other times we merely passed through Seattle heading to or from British Columbia. Or once, on a long drive out from Massachusetts on Interstate 90, Seattle was the point at which I turned south onto the 5. It was also where I picked up a big box of red delicious apples for the journey.
And finally, it seems like close family and friends have always lived in the area. My uncle was killed in this city under unfortunate circumstances. Life goes on and we remember him.
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A seagull gliding above the shipView All Sizes
Bainbridge IslandView All Sizes
Besides providing smooth transportation to destinations that might have otherwise required many hours of driving, the ferry briefly disentangles man and vehicle from the complex maze of streets and buildings and floats them out onto the water for an abstracted view of bustling civilization.
Vehicle ferries have also taken us between European countries.
Riding a vehicle ferry isn't as serene as cruising on a sailboat, but the view is about the same. However, sailing is a more intimate experience more intent on being here than getting there.
The Space NeedleView All Sizes
On the way out are splendid views of downtown and the Space Needle. Then the city receded to fine detail and our attention was drawn to the approaching islands and Olympia Peninsula. Our vehicles were discharged onto the Olympia Peninsula and off I went!
On the way in to Bremerton we passed scenic Bainbridge Island. The ferry finally docked near the Bremerton shipyards. Within a few weeks I would be driving down south to Sayulita, Mexico for my sister's wedding over 2500 miles away, with my dad and younger sister as passengers.
Bremerton ShipyardsView All Sizes
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September 19, 2009
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Seattle to Bremerton