Vashon Island

One of the nice things about the Seattle area is all of the little islands on the Puget Sound. We decided to take advantage of this before it got too cold a couple of weeks ago and took a ferry out to Vashon Island. Like all of the islands I have been to on the Sound, we were on a car ferry and it was a delightful trip as always. I like ferries and boats quite a lot as it turns out.

We didn’t take a car ourselves; we just went out walking from the ferry terminal. I think the secret key on the islands is to never walk on the main drag, but just to swerve in and out of of all of the side streets and paths and hope for something exciting to come up. On this walk, two things came up: a cider tasting and a delightful hike through the middle of the island.

The cider tasting was at Dragon’s Head Cider, and it was a delightful little place, with a farm (orchard?) dog and everything. They did mostly traditional style ciders, more or less Brittany style, and they were quite delightful. I will be going again.

The trail was the Shingle Creek Mill Trail, and it went from the water to the center of the island. It was a short three mile trail through some pleasant and quiet woods. It wan’t old growth, but a nice combination of maples and cedars the made for a homely forest.

We’ll certainly be going back to Vashon next year and hopefully enjoying some longer days out there.

An distant shot of the orchard from the forest footpath.

A distant shot of the orchard from the forest footpath.

And this is the standard trail view for shingle mill creek trail.

And this is the standard trail view for Shingle Mill Creek Trail.

Jasmine on the beach.

Jasmine on the beach.

I like the older country churches.

I like the older country churches.

And our ferry home.

And our ferry home.