What to do in Seattle: Ferry to Bainbridge Island

To say that our afternoon trip over to Bainbridge Island was spontaneous is an understatement. We spent a morning mooching our way around a few of the Seattle stores (Mr Kiwi bought a watch, I bought a Frappucino at the Starbucks next to Pike Place Market – thereby hopping the hour plus queues) and then I google searched ‘what to do in Seattle’. That’s how much planning we did.

What to do in Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge Island Adventures of a London Kiwi

Jumping aboard one of their commuter ferries was highly recommended (much like our day trip to the Gothenburg archipelago) and we handily timed a sandwich stop (thanks to the ferry timetables handily being available in the Googlemaps public transport route planner!) and before we knew it, we left the Seattle city skyline behind and enjoyed the brisk wind on our faces.

Holiday bliss.

What to do in Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge Island Adventures of a London Kiwi

What to do in Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge Island Adventures of a London Kiwi

I think we enjoyed the 40-minute journey as much as the seagulls did, watching them glide, swoop and cut a wing through the currents caused by the ferry slipstream. I spent the journey with my nose over the edge of the handrail, watching the spray shatter against the hull and doing my very best to impersonate a Shih Tzu watching the world flash past.

What to do in Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge Island Adventures of a London Kiwi

Disembarking, we followed our noses and hopped onto the public wifi to track down beer, ice cream and cocktails.

What to do in Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge Island Adventures of a London Kiwi

I do have a little secret to admit – I was, sorry, still am most definitely a Twi-hard. A Twilight devotee with a penchant for glittering vampires (#TeamEdward) even after meeting the fabulous Taylor Lautner in person. And yes, I managed to squeak out a fan-girl ‘hi’ and nothing more.

Forks, the town where Stephanie Meyer based the books, was only a couple of hours’ drive over the other side of Bainbridge Island, back on the Washington mainland, but I’d been warned by friends that it’s a sleepy town that gets overrun with tourists who are bored fairly quickly. Unsurprisingly then, the local redwood trees that reached to the sky took me back to my teenage years glued to the Cinema screen, superimposed with superhuman vampires dashing through the canopy, and shapeshifting werewolves thudding through the forest floor.

What to do in Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge Island Adventures of a London Kiwi

It is a sleepy town, the rhythm dictated by ferry timetables and the seasons, where the locals know everyone and they spotted us daytripping tourists from a mile off.

What to do in Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge Island Adventures of a London Kiwi

Restoring my faith in humanity:

What to do in Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge Island Adventures of a London Kiwi

Restoring my faith in bar owners:

What to do in Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge Island Adventures of a London Kiwi

And quenching our thirst.

What to do in Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge Island Adventures of a London Kiwi

Dotted around the harbour perimeter we spotted an array of whimsical statues – featuring a Triceratops…

What to do in Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge Island Adventures of a London Kiwi

…and we found it a little hard to leave our island paradise and go back to the bright lights of the city, even as a sunset beckoned over the skyline.

What to do in Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge Island Adventures of a London Kiwi

What to do in Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge Island Adventures of a London Kiwi

In this dusky half-light, I admit to half hoping that a pack of Quilete shifters would run out from the treeline and dive into the still waters, but alas all we saw was a load of commuters sitting sleepily on the ferry foredeck. My hopes dashed as the sun set.

What to do in Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge Island Adventures of a London Kiwi

Have you ever travelled somewhere and felt immersed in scene that you had only ever imagined through book pages?

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