August 1-4, 2017
Before arriving in Seattle we received a tip to take a water taxi from the downtown core across the Puget Sound to West Seattle. We were told the boat ride is fun along with great views of Seattle and the Space Needle. So, after the Market, we found the ferry and cruised out into the Puget sound- it was glorious, just as explained. We poked around a little bit once we arrived, but not long after we bought our return tickets and quickly snagged an order of kimchi quesadillas from the ocean-side restaurant.
We got our to-go order just in time and quickly got in line for the ferry. *please shield children from this section as it has questionable decision making* While in line, on the dock, Aileen and I begin to admire a nearby boat. Immediately after that, the owner and his friend hop on board. I compliment him on his vessel and we joke around for about 30 seconds. I then ask them where they are headed and they explain they are heading to scout out a potential camping spot on a nearby island…. “Wanna come” they ask?
I believe I pondered the question for under 1 full second and then with little to no hesitation I happily agree to embark on a boat, in the ocean, to a island, with strangers, in a very unfamiliar area. Aileen is happy to join too but just after we pull away she gives me that look that says, “Brillo, I really hope this ends well.”
After getting to know one another (while we are on their boat speeding off into the ocean) Aileen and I realize that we have met two really kind and genuine guys who proceed to lead us on a 3+ hour wonderful adventure all around the Puget Sound. Kelly and Curt, who live with their families on Bainbridge Island, were awesome to say the least. We started the journey by cruising out to the potential camping spot previously discussed, it was a beautiful kayaking camping spot that Kelly was planning on paddling to in a few days. We then set off to see more of the area, Curt captained us to his local seal spotting location where, upon arrival, we were all shocked by a beautiful bald eagle perched on a pole. We were able to cruise right up to the eagle and seals, side bonus: baby seals! The adventure rolled on, we continue to cruise around, the sun is close to setting and the sky is beautiful. While driving we see porpoises as well. After a wonderful cruise around and enjoying the evening, Kelly and Curt take us to a few of their crab pots they have set out near their home. We all took turns pulling pots, it was so cool! We eventually find two huge dungeness crabs and Curt helps me shove them into my backpack for the journey home. It was a wonderful experiences and we are very grateful to Kelly and Curt for their genuine nature and hospitality.
The adventure never slowed, because the boat ride ended with our boat being escorted by the Navy (due to seafare week in Seattle) into a dock directly into the heart of downtown Seattle. Once we made it to the dock, we graciously thanked them and ventured off. I remember watching the boat pull away while feeling the crabs jostling around in my bag. We found our car, drove home and proceeded to cook and eat the crab at 10:30pm in our trailer. Think of this: Me, Aileen, Moose and two big crabs all in our tiny trailer! I could barley fit the crabs in the pot and you could smell crab from about 10ft all around the oustide of the trailer! It was a memorable day to say the least!