From an early age, I started a tradition of taking both my grand kids out for the day, sometime around their birthday. A day when I have a one on one time with just them.
My grand daughter’s 17th birthday is Saturday so today we had our day out. I picked her up and we went to lunch at Steamer’s Fish House which is located on the edge of Puget Sound. It’s away from the busy waterfront restaurants so has a totally different atmosphere. From the parking lot you cross railroad tracks that head in and out of Tacoma. So in a couple hours time you see Union Pacific & Burlington Northern-Santa Fe freight trains as well as Amtrak. Across from Steamers there’s a nice paved area with benches & picnic tables in case you want to bring your own food, sit in the sun & enjoy the activity of the trains on one side and the many boats cruising by on the water side. There’s also a great view of the two Tacoma Narrow’s Bridges off in the distance.The first train was a Union Pacific
Then along came the Burlington Northern. There were also two Amtrak trains but they were too fast for us.
The Narrows Bridge off in the distance
After eating and some time on the beach we headed for Point Defiance Park. My plan was to stop all thru the park so Meghanne could take as many pictures as she wanted. (She never leaves home without her camera)
Shortly after we entered the park we came to the Rose Garden. She wanted to stop there, so I parked and we walked down the hill to the beautiful garden.
The picture below is not of roses as you can see. These flowers were just outside the fenced in rose garden. The park district fenced the rose garden to keep the deer from eating the hundreds of beautiful roses.
I loved the lines of this big old tree.
After we were thru in the Rose Garden my intent was to drive thru the entire park. But I made a turn and we headed down toward the Marina. I parked very near the Vashon Island Ferry ticket booth and as Meghanne was taking pictures of the water & boats. I said “we should have made plans to take a ride in the ferry.” Several minutes later she said “will grandma, the ferry hasn’t left, maybe we have time to walk on.” So I made sure the car was secure and we headed over to buy our tickets. The trip between Point Defiance and Vashon Island is about 15 minutes, so for Meghanne & myself it was only $5.00 round-trip. With the sun shining….it was a beautiful day to be out on the water.
There were several large container ships anchored out, waiting their turn in Tacoma’s port area. Our Mt Rainier in the background.
Arriving at Vashon Island, the foot traffic gets off first. (Well, once they get it all fixed so one can walk off safely. )
Vehicles loading at Vashon for the trip to Tacoma. Vashon is a long skinny island. From the other end of the island you can take a ferry to Seattle. But, you’d have to do that with your car because it’s absolutely not within walking distance.
The shores of Vashon Island are lined with summer homes as well as permanent homes. I believe there are approximately 10,000 people that live on the island.
As we neared the Tacoma side, you could see a double line of cars, trucks and motorcycles waiting patiently for the ferry’s return. They won’t all get aboard, especially during rush hour times. But those island folks know how to use their time while waiting for their turn on the ferry.
It was 4:30pm by the time we got back to the car and headed home. I still needed to hit the grocery store for our 4th of July day down on the waterfront….so I took a happy, picture taking girl home.