Vashon Island sits in Puget Sound, just Northwest of Tacoma. A short ferry ride from Point Defiance lands you on the south end of the island. Take your bicycle and pedal north where you can depart the island for either Fauntleroy, to the east, in west Seattle, or Southworth, west, and on the Kitsap Peninsula.
A summer’s day will reward you with lots of sites to see including this marina in Burton.
The village of Vashon is about half way up the island and offers a number of restaurants where you can take lunch or dinner. Schedule you visit for the weekend of July 20th, 21st, and 22nd. You will have the opportunity to attend the 103rd Annual Vashon Island Strawberry Festival. The island used to be known for its strawberries, hence the festival. Not so many berries are grown there today. Seems the California farmers have made it too hard to compete.
[pullquote author=”John Masefield, Sea Fever”]I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking, And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied; And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying, And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life, To the gull’s way and the whale’s way, where the wind’s like a whetted knife; And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover, And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.[/pullquote]
Thank goodness for the Internet. I can usually remember the first line, or a verse from a poem, but never the author.