Echos of My Neighborhood

I promised a ferry ride for Jackie’s Echoes of My Neighborhood (acookingpotandtwistedtales) share. I hope to see your neighborhood there!

This was taken in February with overcast skies, so I’ve included a couple of older shots so you can see the Mukilteo Light House and a good shot of the ferry.

Mukilteo Lighthouse

Mukilteo Lighthouse

We’re going to Whidbey Island on the Mukilteo to Clinton Ferry. It’s one of the shorter ferry rides – about 20 minutes. You can see the Washington State Ferry route map to get a perspective on the location.

loading-ferry-mukilteo2

Hard to get shots while boarding, but here we are on the left side-deck on the way to Clinton, WA. Ferry holds up to 140 cars.

deboarding-clinton-guy

20 minutes later we’re deboarding at Clinton.

deboarding-clinton

Right/Left decks merging to exit the ferry. (There’s upper/lower right/left deck and bottom center deck. Passenger deck upstairs.) FYI – I don’t know if all ferries are this way, but ours never turn around. The Captain moves to the cabin on the other end and reverses engines. The worst snafoo I ever saw was a problem with engines not reversing.. the ferry DID have to turn around and 140 cars deboarded IN REVERSE… took 1 1/2 hours.

arriving-clinton

Arrival at Whidbey Island – Clinton Ferry Dock.

whidbey drive

Whidbey Island is the longest island in the USA – 40 Miles from end to end. It’s a cottage community on the south end – B&Bs, Artist and Glassblowing studios, galleries, wineries.. go to the beach, or get lost in a pristine forest. (for another post)

boarding-home

Boarding for return trip to Mukilteo.

stairs

Stairs to the passenger deck.

whaletrail-coming home

Lots of whale traffic in Puget Sound. The grey whales arrive in April in the Saratoga Passage off Clinton/Langley to feed on shrimp. They slam their tails on the bottom to stir them up into the water.

on-board-passenger-deck

The huge passenger deck doesn’t see that much foot traffic, though this level includes concessions if you need something to eat or a cup of coffee.

onboard-view-cominghome

View coming home – almost saw the sun.

tonkitae

Looking back at the Clinton ferry dock – we’re riding the Tokitae.

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Deboarding – back in Mukilteo.

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Deboarding – continued.

old-ferry

A picture of the ferry on a much prettier day. My daughter and I first moved to Washington from Kansas, the Great Plains (flat) in the middle of the USA, so it was pretty novel that anytime you wanted to go for a ride on the water, you could just go take a ferry ride.

Hope you enjoyed! Thanks, Jackie, for the motivation. πŸ™‚

in lak’ech, Debra

12 thoughts on “Echos of My Neighborhood

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