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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Whidbey Island Ferry

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Where? 701 Front Street, Mukilteo, WA 98275
When? 5:00am-1:00am, every 1/2 hour.
How much? Adult Pedestrian = $3.95 Vehicle under 20' = $8.60
Travel Time? About 20 minutes.
Read a WikiHow: How to Drive Your Car on to a Ferry


I pay regular visits to the southern tip of Whidbey Island and I love it for relief the trip gives me. The island just feels different. The departing angels responsable for my relief come in the form of two ferrys called the Kittitas and the Cathlamet. The difference I speak of become's clear when you drive away from Clinton ferry landing. Life is slower on Whidbey Island. Life is not about careers or the economic rat race. Its about color. Because of that color, some of my best photographs are taken on the ferry or on Whidbey Island.

If you live anywhere near Mukilteo landing, you ought to take a morning or afternoon to visit Whidbey Island. At the end of the day you'll feel like you've taken a vacation. The trip is in the transit. The Mukilteo ferry will transition you away from stress, and will revitalize your efforts to seek happiness in a world that is so unhappy.

If you've never taken a ferry before your first trip is going to be anxious. All I can say is "follow the signs". Do what they tell you. If you're driving you'll find yourself in a single lane devoted to ferry traffic. Then there are toll booths and once you have your ticket you'll be directed to a wait lane. Canine units will circle the vehicles. Cops will be looking into your car. Its very disconcerning at first, but its protocall. They do this all day, every day, to every car. There's no special search being conducted for a mass serial killer, so don't worry yourself over it.

Then the traffic will be directed to board the ferry. Once you're parked you may exit your vehicle and follow the crowd up a flight of stairs to the galley. The galley serves food, including Ivar's clam chowder, at different hours depending on the ferry. For certain there will be food every day between 8:00am and 7:00pm. Each ferry has an observation deck, seating, and tables. Twenty minutes will give you just enough time to finish your chowder while you enjoy the water and the mountains surrounding the Pudget Sound. On a clear day you'll be able to see the Olympics, Mount Reinier and Mount Baker from the deck. The overhead speakers will inform you of when you'll need to return to your vehicle so, unless you're a walk-on, don't plug your ears with an ipod. The rest of this post is pictures from my third date. Enjoy! :-)

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