Greetings! This past weekend I was lucky enough to have the chance to visit some family in Seattle. I had previously been there in 2016, and was eager to return and do some more exploring. On this visit, I spent some time on Bainbridge Island and did a hike up Rattlesnake Ridge.
The Ferry ride over to the Island was very short and easy. We got in line, without any reservation, and were soon on our way across to the island with only minimal waiting as we took a car across. Above is the view of the city from the ferry- sadly no Space Needle in this picture.
We took a walk along a beautiful beach in Fay- Bainbridge State Park. This beach featured some old dead logs that presumably washed up on shore after falling off of a boat. This seems to be a feature of the Pacific Northwest- on our previous visit we spent some time exploring a beach on the other side of the Olympic Mountain range which had the same type of logs:
We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around the town on the Island. It was very reminiscent of many little island towns in New England- cute, charming shops and cozy little restaurants. We then took a ferry back to the city. Again, it was smooth and easy. (This is surprising to me, as I am used to the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard which requires reservations to be made months and months in advance when taking a car across.)
We spent the second day of my visit hiking up Rattlesnake Ridge– and we were not alone. The walk up was slightly less crowded, but going down it was practically a moving line of people. It was understandable, as this was a beautiful day of a long weekend, but it did diminish the sense of solitude that the woods can provide.
The hike is a lovely gradual path up switchbacks through the forest. Unlike hiking in New England, the path was almost totally devoid of rocks which needed to be scrambled over. (I am not such a fan of that aspect of hiking in New Hampshire). The contrast of this flat, smooth, even trail was quite astounding.
The trees were really spectacular- they towered over us, seemingly 10 stories tall.
The view from the top of the ridge was of Mount Si on one side- (far too steep for the likes of me.)
And the other view point was Rattlesnake Lake. I began to get very nervous about how precarious the cliff was and the number of other people who were there- it seemed like it would be quite easy to fall off the edge!
As it turns out, tragically, there have been numerous accidental deaths here- several people got too close to the edge and fell off, so my apprehension about getting too close was well justified!
I had a fantastic time in Seattle and the visit was all too brief. Until next time! (Above is a picture of my brother Josh and I being goofy and a view of the Olympic Mountain Range from Golden Gardens Park.)