Puget Sound Ferry Outing

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.

Herman Creek Trail

A hike of Herman Creek Trail. This was my peaceful walk in the woods trail until the fire of 2017. I started on this hike with mind set of doing a walk in the woods but it was another difficult trail going through burn area. I do have give a shoat out to the trails crews that got this trail open again. I could see place where their work turn a lost trail back to a trail with a tread to follow. I went as far up as Whisky Creek and turned around there. I got in 13.5 miles with 2300 ft gain in 7 hours. Biggest happing on this hike was seeing a Momma bear and her two cubs climbing up from top of a waterfall when they heard me coming. I have never seen a bear in the wild before.

Outing to Olympia

Tumwater Falls with Closed Olympia Brewery behind

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.

Nick Eaton – Gordon Creek Loop

I had not done a long hike in a long while. I want one that would be a good conditioning hike take me back to a trail I had not been on in many years so I took on the Nick Eaton – Gordon Creek Trail Loop. I actual set off to do the Nick Eaton – Casey Creek – Herman Creek Trails Loop but found when I got to Casey Creek it was no more. Another trail a victims of the fire. Much of Nick Eaton Trail was burned over by the fire leaving it in very bad condition. Gordon Creek trail also had several areas burned over with one so bad I had to use my GPS to find may way through it. So a lot of bad trail and a longer then planned on route gave me a long hard day of hiking.

Hike was 14.25 miles, 4325 total Gain , Time 7:22 moving, 1:22 stop , Moving Average 2 mph