Two rowboats ~

Mud Bay rowboats, July 30, 2012

I took this picture on my way to Islandale; by my return, they were both still floating but now in very shallow water way up on the beach — and I just escaped having to take off my shoes and wade around that one rocky outcropping. Amazing how far the tide can rise in an hour!

Full ferry!

Full up, July 26, 2012

The project of getting this last car on the ferry made for suspenseful viewing this afternoon; the ferry had to nudge out a bit in order for the car to get free of that flexible end of the ramp. Below, the crew waits while another person goes to fetch an extra length of rope to pull that netting together; it’s stretched around the blue car, so the two ends don’t reach:

Edgy travel, July 26, 2012

Having traveled to Anacortes first by train from Portland to Seattle, then by Amtrak bus from Seattle to Mount Vernon, and then by car from Mount Vernon, I was in the ferry line in plenty of time to go for a walk . . . right into this “kodak moment”:

Madrone-framed ferry, July 26, 2012

Big picture day!

Fountain city!

Four-spout fountain, July 25, 2012

Portland is a city awash in beautiful fountains; of the ones I’ve seen, my favorite is the Ira Keller Fountain (see a photo of it here), whose shapes remind me of northwest mountain ranges. On a smaller scale, this humble four-spout drinking fountain, across the street from massive Ira Keller, has charms of its own.