September 08

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Bicycle trip to Vashon Island

This blog is about a great leisure bicycle trip I’ve done one of the previous Sundays – enjoy the reading. That Sunday I woke up early in the morning, gazed out of the window and there was a brilliant dark blue sky, confirming what the weather app has indicated the evening before. The previous days I had inquired my colleagues about places where to go around Seattle. Then I got a bicycle map from a bike shop and decided to do a bicycle trip to Vashon Island.

With a wonderful hot coffee and the map spread out in front of me, I figured out how to get to this island, bicycle – bus – ferry boat – bicycle. Then I prepared myself and headed toward my little adventure.

Vashon Island is a small island in the Puget Sound, less than 20 min by ferry from south Seattle. It seems that exactly this fact that Vashon Island is not reachable with a bridge it escaped urbanization unlike its neighbor, Bainbridge Island. And indeed, after I had managed the pretty demanding climb from the ferry terminal I discovered, all drenched in sweat, a very green rural idyll. There were lots of smaller farms dispersed in pasture and forests and some of them sold their products along the street with just a stand with self-service and a box to put the money in.

   

When I arrived in uptown Vashon Island I stopped for a break and had a coffee and savored the world best blueberry muffin ever. If you ever happen to come to Vashon Island make sure you stop at the Snapdragon bakery. I only had a delicious muffin but all the other stuff looked great as well, the place is just nice with cozy corners in different styles and a spacious courtyard in the back.

       

I then got back on my bike to continue this journey. After a steep slope down to the beach the small road followed the shoreline and then continued a drawn out up and down through narrow curves enclosed in a natural forest until I arrived at the Point Robinson lighthouse, my final destination.

The gravel beach there was covered with an astonishing amount of driftwood, sun-bleached trunks just everywhere. I enjoyed the sun and the peaceful silence that gave me a rest from bustling Seattle.

 

It was obvious that on my way back I had to stop at the Snapdragon bakery for another coffee before I tackled the last miles back. At about 6:30 in the evening I arrived at the ferry terminal and took the next boat back to Seattle.

 

It had spent a really wonderful day with plenty of memorable impressions which I wanted to share with you.