This time we were off for a visit to Durant’s to explore the property and have a tour of the Olive oil making process. This outing was planned by Lori as she had been to the place before. We got there early to give some time to explore before our official tour began. We parked by the wine sampling building and check it out first. From there the path goes through the garden plant section and on to the gift shop. We were to start our tour from the gift shop so we checked in early. We had some time to kill so we walked down to the lavender and flower garden and then returned for our tour.
It turned out that Lori, Jeanette, Sylvia and I were the only ones to show for the tour so we got a private tour. The feature part of the tour was the Olive oil processing area. We were a few weeks early this year to see the crush but it was quite so we could walk around the equipment. After the tour of the Olive oil processing we moved on to the sampling. After an explanation of what there was to sample we left to sample the olive oil and vinegar as much as we wanted. It was a fun time sampling and blending olive oil and vinegar to make different combination. The ladies found several the liked and made their purchases. Then it was off for lunch at Murryhill Taphouse.
Lori loves riding a ferry so we took on the three ferry challage on the Puget Sound. We got an early start to be able get three ferry rides in one trip. We started in Bremerton Washington to take the state ferry over to Seattle. This was our longest ferry ride at an hour long. We were able to get out of the car and expore the ship and see the sights. When we got to Seattle we did a quick drive around the waterfront and see if it would be safe to come back to another day and explore. We headed to our next ferry that departed from Fauntlroy. Lori knew a long scenic route through West Seattle. I had never been in this area before and found it charming. Our next ferry was a 17 minute trip to Vashon Island. We had enough time to get out of the car, get some pop corn, find a seat on the main deck, have a few bites before it was time to get back to the car to disembark.
On Vashon Island we did a walk around downtown that was about four blocks long. We grab some burgers and frys at Perry’s for lunch. Lori throught it was a proper greasy spoon. They Perry’s has no seating so we went back to the car to eat. In short while we had a homeless person yelling at the car window wanting us to give him something. Lori quickly drove away. Even in what had been the idealic island retreat they now have a homeless problem.
We quickly drove to the southern end of the island to wait in line to catch our last ferry of the day from Vashon Island to Point Disappointment in Tacoma. We got packed in so tight on the ferry we could not even open the car doors. This was a short ten minute ride before we disembarked and head for home.
Loir and I did a visit to Olympia to see the Brewery Park at Tumwater and Tumwater Historical Part. A lot of history there. Early on it provide water power for different industries and even had the for electrical power station in the area. It is best known for the beer brewery that opened in the eighteen hundreds and used water from artesian wells to brew the beer. They have done a good job of setting the place up for visitor. Afterwards we went to Papa Bears for lunch.