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Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood

0947MadisonparksignAs RBB veteran Vicki states:

Another time of the sun shining on us and our having a marvelous journey!

Madison Park is a lovely place, right on the shore of Lake Washington, and blessed with stately homes and cute boutiques.

The Madison Park neighborhood in Seattle is tucked away…from downtown, up and over bustling Capitol Hill, past the Washington Park Arboretum… and there you are!  The bus trip from downtown is interesting, you pass through mini-shopping and residential areas, Seattle Community College, and the exclusive Broadmoor gated community.  A huge variety of landscape and people.

Our one lone male on this trip, the adventurous Richard, got off the bus at Lake Washington Boulevard, so he could explore the beautiful Arboretum and the Japanese Tea Garden.  (Watch for his pictures in a future post). The rest of us stayed on the bus until we arrived at the Madison Park.

By this time, we were all ready for lunch.  Two of the Rebels decided to try the Cactus restaurant; one of their many locations is right there in Madison Park!  The rest of us ate at the ever popular “Bings”.  The restaurant is fairly small, but we readily found places to sit.  The menu prides itself on local, fresh ingredients.  We all enjoyed our meals…Carol’s roasted Brussels sprouts were especially delicious!

Next, we browsed through some of the small shops along the block.  As the sun and blue sky was making an appearance, we wandered across the block to the Madison Park itself.  The park boasts of over 200 feet of Lake Washington waterfront.  To our delight, a family of geese were waddling along, and taking a dip in the Lake.  The gooslings were very young, lots of fuzzy non-quite-yet feathers.0954goslingsfamily

To make the best connections for our return home, we had about 45 minutes in downtown Seattle.  Most of us decided to stroll through the every-popular-people-watching Pike Place Market.  Yes, the fish were being tossed.  The flowers were spectacular… the peonies were at their peak of perfection.  We tried a wonderfully sweet Taylor Gold pear.  Yum.  Melted in your mouth!

Heading back towards our bus stop, some of us dropped in to Penzey spices; a great place for wonderful smells, even if you aren’t looking to buy!

Our bus rides home were uneventful… we didn’t even have to pay attention to the traffic, since we left the driving to the professionals!

Don’t forget that the specific directions for this trip are found in the “trip directions” page (column on the right).

Thanks for another great day!

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:

Bus, Train, and Ferry oh, my!

 One of the ORCA card ads state:  “For whatever pod you travel in… bus, train, or ferry…”   Earlier this month, I used all THREE modes of transportation in one day to visit my Whidbey Island friend, Janice.  What an adventure! 

A one-way summary of the trip follows: 

  • Sound Transit (bus 594) from the Lakewood Station to 4th and Cherry in downtown Seattle ($3.00) 
  • From that same stop, the Sound Transit 510 goes to the Everett Station ($3.00) 
  • Everett Transit bus route 18 through Everett, via Broadway, then on to the Mukilteo ferry dock ($.75)
  • The Washington State Mukilteo to Clinton ferry walk-on passenger  ($4.10)

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Twanoh State Park on Hood Canal

 When Mary and Gail told me about their Rebels-By-Bus trips, I decided to try a trip of my own. It seemed to me a day at Twanoh State Park on Hood Canal would be a good start for an apprentice rebel.

–Graeme Sackrison

Twanoh State Park

Although the day was overcast, it was pleasant to be out and about. The park is divided by Hwy 106. The beach side features a swimming beach, a wading pool, oyster gathering, clamming in season, fishing, a boat launch, picnic areas and tennis courts. The park buildings, including snack bar, restrooms, kitchens and bathhouse, all date from the 1930s. They were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC); a stimulus program from the Great Depression. They’re worth examining—real pieces of our economic history. Among the trees, Evergreen Huckleberries showed off bronze new growth and white blossoms. The grass was dotted with yellow and white flowers. Read the rest of this entry »