Rebels By Bus

Slow Travel With Low Carbon Footprint

Enjoying the slower pace of Vashon Island

map of vashon Yes, Vashon Island IS in King County, the same county as Seattle. But, goodness, what a difference! The pace is relaxed, friendly, and without a business suit in sight :-0 I like it!

Yesterday I led twelve Rebels to Vashon Island. It definitely took careful planning to coordinate the bus routes and ferry schedule. But, it CAN be done! (Google maps didn’t seem to think so… they stated that from Olympia you would need to go to downtown Seattle, then the West Seattle Fauntleroy ferry to the island, which would take over five hours to get there.) My specific trip directions are found in the right-hand column of the RBB home page, under “pages” and “trip directions”. vashon art deco

Briefly, we left the Martin Way Park and Ride lot in Lacey at 7:55 am and transferred to Pierce County route 11 at the 10th and Commerce bus area. That bus took us to the Point Defiance ferry. The 10:05 ferry took us for our 15 minute ride to Vashon. Metro bus 118 was waiting at the end of the ferry dock. To get a flavor of the island, we stayed on the bus with the ever-popular and cheerful Larry (28 year veteran of this route) as we travelled down Vashon Highway to the Seattle ferry dock. There are wonderful views of Quartermaster Harbor (the idyllic protected harbor at Burton, where Maury Island meets Vashon) along the route. We stayed Ativan on the bus with Larry as the bus headed back to the town of Vashon (and the only four way red blinking light on the island) where we disembarked at Bank Road.

We had from 11:15-ish until 3:15 to eat lunch, explore the town, and relax. Most of us browsed through the many small stores (love the Vashon Book Shop), as well as enjoyed a leisurely lunch. I bought a sandwich from the wonderful Thriftway deli which I ate while reading in the Farmer’s Market park.

vashon ferryThe bus taking us back to the ferry left from Bank Road and Vashon Highway at 3:18. We had a short wait for the next ferry.

Have I mentioned our perfect weather? While on the ferry we noticed the dark menacing clouds ahead of us. Sure enough, as we were waiting for our Pierce Route 11 bus, we heard thunder as the rains poured. The bus shelter was big enough for all of us to stay dry.

The rest of our trip home was uneventful. We arrived back at the Martin Way Park and Ride at the expected time: 6:30 pm. We were all tired, relaxed, and thoroughly enjoyed our day and each other’s company. What a great trip AND a wonderful group of Rebels!

For more ideas of what to do and see on Vashon, see the RBB post from 2010 and go to the Vashon Chamber website at: www.vashonchamber.com

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