Day One: Golden City and the Water

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On Sunday morning, we left home very early, and took the train up to Seattle. We were spending the night there so that we could catch the only ferry to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, early the next morning. We arrived in Seattle at noon, and had the whole afternoon ahead of us.


We decided to take your advice and head down to pier 52 to catch the ferry to Bainbridge Island, an island in Puget Sound about 35 minutes from Seattle by boat.


So much blue.


The boat, painted this beautiful aquamarine.


The wake, foamy and roiling.


The concertina, playing sea shanties.


Soon enough, we saw land.


And disembarked.


We walked over the blacberry-bordered bridge, and through the town, dotted with little shops, ice-cream stops, and those tiny coastal gardens that are so particular to houses by the water.


We had our lunch at the Harbor Public House, right on the water.


Then we walked for a while, and bought some yarn at Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, one of the prettiest yarn shops (with the friendliest shopkeepers) I've ever been in. I got some some fancy rosewood needles, and cast on for a little garter-stitch scarf next door at the Blackbird Bakery.


The light was already starting to change.


So we made our way back to the dock.


We could see the city, far off across the blue.


It felt colder on the way back.


Behind the island, the sun was starting to set.


It turned Seattle, usually so pearly gray, into a city of gold.






The last golden moments blazed as we pulled into port.


And then the sun went down, and the lights of the city came on.


Soo pretty!!

The colors! Wow, they sparkle.

I am almost done with my pink cuppa choc ornie. yay! They'll be made into a cozy, yarn wrapped wreath. double yay!

You made some fabulous pictures!

simply lovely descriptions and pics. Thanks !

SO beautiful. Your pictures are gorgeous. Sounds like you had a nice little trip to Bainbridge. I just love looking at all the little houses, that is one of my favorite parts. The gardens can be so enchanting!

this blessed nest says: October 18, 2008 at 09:34 AM

everytime i view your amazing blog, i am speechless by your photography skills. your photos are just incredible. along with your posts. thanks for sharing your photos & journeys through life with us.

Stunning pictures...thanks so much for sharing!

You took me away from laundry and house chores, from general anxiety. What a pleasant journey you have taken me on... thank you.

looks heavenly * thanks for sharing :) . . .

So pretty! Such a lovely capture of your afternoon journey to Bainbridge with visits to some of my favorite Bainbridge haunts. Hooray for taking time to enjoy your afternoon.

What a perfect day! I loved the pictures, but especially the last few, where the city really did look golden against the inky blue water. Gorgeous!

Wow, those are some really gorgeous photos!

perfect day! I feel as though I went there myself...:)

On our last family trip to Seattle, our hotel concierge suggested Bainbridge Island. Loved it too!! Some of my best pics from that trip are from the ferry and the gorgeous sunset. Your pics are beautiful!!

wow, such lovely photos. i lived in seattle for just a year, but took the ferry to bainbridge several times and biked around. i was offered a job at a bookstore on the island, and it's one of my biggest regrets that i didn't take it. . .

Seriously FANTASTIC photos!! What an amazing time!!

Happy Happy Fall to one of the Coolest, most Fab couples on earth!!

Love from the Jersey Shore!!
xoxo Jenny

*sigh* lovely photos. thanks for sharing

Ah, what fun. There's not much I love more than a ferry. And that Churchmouse yarn is so beautiful!

Lovely photographs...and yarn. What yarn is that, if I may ask?

So beautiful. I miss that part of the world. I lived on Vashon Island for many years (also in the Puget Sound) and miss it dearly.

Beautiful pictures. I just love Seattle and Victoria. I have pictures taken at Port Townsend on a regular 35 MM Nikon. I would love to go back and take pictures at the lighthouse and in Victoria at the Gardens.

Absolutely breathtaking. You feel like you've seen something rare if you see Seattle on a day like that!

gorgeous photographs! what kind of camera do you have?

GREAT photos of Seattle. You've totally captured why I love living here :) Look forward to seeing more photos from your trip.

Thank you so much for the lovely trip. It was enchanting!

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.