I dream of this kind of day. May 4 has been on the calendar for a trip across Puget Sound to the Four Plus Foolhardy Folks' event on Bainbridge Island. But, you never know what the weather will be when you make plans. Today did not disappoint.
I calculated the cost of gas and tolls to drive to Bainbridge Island and found that (since I get a small car discount) it was cheaper to take the ferry than to drive. It was a glorious morning to be on the water. I couldn't stop taking photos.
Here comes my boat.
It was a short drive from the ferry dock to Blakely Harbor Park where the event began. The first portion of the walk was along the beach of Blakely Harbor.
Pink ribbons on an apple tree, perhaps this was once an orchard.
We looped around the Harbor to see views of Seattle across the Sound. Then we joined a trail that headed into the woods.
After a very pleasant 2k , the trail popped out of the woods to this view:
Fort Ward Park still has the ruins of the 1880's gun batteries which protected Rich Passage, but on a day like this most people were just enjoying the sun and the view. I stopped for a picnic on the beach before heading back to the start point.
Before heading to the start point of walk # 28, I stopped to see the progress on the Japanese Exclusion Memorial. In March of 1942, over 200 people of Japanese ancestry were forcibly removed from the area and sent to internment camps for the remainder of WWII. Most were US citizens.
YRE #1736 starts within walking distance of the Bainbridge-Seattle Ferry. Today there was a farmers market at the start point, so the small town was crowded. The route went down the main street and through a waterfront park with views of the ferry. This looked like a fun addition--a bandstand shaped like a ship.
Much of the route was through residential neighborhoods, a mix of older homes and newer construction, but all showing pride of ownership
The checkpoint--at the history museum. This was from a local creosote plant.
Time to head home. The ferry was crowded with bicyclists who had ridden around the island. I think we all enjoyed our day.