|Add Alaska to that list as well...
Looks like there was a lot of rescuing going around this summer. WSF crews pulled several people out of the water
and assisted the Coast Guard in a recuse in a boat collision over Labor Day weekend, and the crew of the
Kennicott got their share of the rescue action as well.
Kennicott rescues boat passengers in Canada’s
Photo courtesy of Guy de Gouville.
|Ellis # 133
"Mt Shuksan and Mt. Baker
With no disrespect to Ellis, who did take fantastic
black and white photos, the Heather Meadows
area of Mount Baker is one that really benefits
from color photography--particularly this time of
year as the autumn colors come on.
This card also appears to contain a mistake, as
the lodge pictured appears to be the Heather Inn
and not the Mount Baker Lodge, which would have
directly behind him from the vantage of the
photograph--if it even existed at this point, as the
main part of the lodge burned down in a
spectacular fire in 1931. The annex remained,as
did the Heather Inn which acted as the "day lodge"
but both eventually succumbed to fire in later
years as well.
Well worth the drive, the autumn colors are
spectacular on clear day, particularly if you can
get up to Artist Point before the snow flies.
Another summer has passed, and even though the first week of September is turning out to be hotter than the first week of August, Labor Day has passed, school is starting up again, and
that breeze has a bit of an edge to it. Summer 2019 didn't turn out to be as hot as predicted, and thankfully we didn't spend days on end shrouded in wildfire smoke. While the entire Salish
Sea area remains in drought status, the promise of a 'neutral winter' should bring on the usual amount of rain and hopefully average or above average snow pack. Meanwhile, the sunsets
have been spectacular, as this photo of the Samish docked in Anacortes courtesy of Brandon Moser shows.
Photo courtesy of Brandon Moser.
|Skilled employees on both sides of the border...
Crews of Washington State and British Columbia Ferries are highly trained in first aid, CPR and rescue. This
tends to become evident more in the summer months as traffic on the Salish Sea increases. Kudos to the
crew of the Coastal Renaissance.
B.C. Ferries retrieves paddlers after kayak overturns
Photo courtesy of Matt Masuoka.
|Line Cutting on the Rise
Nobody likes to wait in line, but cutting in front of people who have been waiting for a while is just not cool.
At Edmonds, in particular, this appears to be a problem, though Mukilteo has the most line cutters. (It
should be noted that a lot of navigation devices are still routing people to the Edmonds terminal incorrectly,
showing the route through the middle of downtown.)
Warning about ferry line cheaters after line-cutting incident at Fauntleroy
The happiest view for many a traveler: Edmonds disappearing in the distance after one has made a sailing. Author's photo.
|Before and After on the Tillikum...
When waxing nostalgic about the Evergreen State Class, and in particular the last active
member of the trio, one thing that seems to get overlooked in the state's mania for green
everything in the early years was just how dark the interiors of those boats really were.
The top photo shows a pre-refurbished Tillikum, still in the original green on green scheme
that WSF adopted in the early years--green tile, green upholstery, and kind of a buff ceiling
(probably full of asbestos, as it was 1959 after all) and off-white walls. "Off white" might have
been the contribution of nicotine, because, as unfathomable as it seems now, smoking was
allowed indoors on Washington State Ferries up until the end of the 1980's.
I have distinct memories of taking the Tillikum on the Edmonds-Kingston run as a kid and
what I remember of the boat was that even on sunny days it seemed dark-- although when
going to Everett to visit my grandmother, it always seemed to be raining. At least that's how
I remember it.
Refurbished in 1994, the Tilly's interior has held up pretty well. She's got a mix of 1990's
colors--mocha colored benches, with seats in teal and two shades of brown. The floor tile
follows the same pattern, with light brown with teal-ish blue accents. While not a "modern"
color scheme (It's very early 1990's) it is still much brighter and less oppressive than the
Top photo courtesy of Brandon Moser. Bottom photo courtesy of Brandon Swan.
** Standard disclaimer --may not be completely current due to
maintenance needs, etc.
Summer schedule runs from 23 June to 28 September
ANACORTES - SAN JUAN ISLANDS
CHELAN - SAMISH - YAKIMA- KALEETAN
ANACORTES - SIDNEY
PORT TOWNSEND - KEYSTONE
MUKILTEO - CLINTON
EDMONDS - KINGSTON
SEATTLE - WINSLOW
(AKA Bainbridge Island)
SEATTLE - BREMERTON
SOUTHWORTH -VASHON -
POINT DEFIANCE -
IN THE YARD
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