Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Vashon-Maury Island

Brian and I spent another weekend exploring the Pacific Northwest. On Saturday we headed over to Vashon Island via the Tahlequah ferry from Point Defiance Park in Tacoma.


DOCKTON, WA - PICNIC SPOT
Vashon-Maury Island, usually known as Vashon Island, is Puget Sound’s largest island south of the Admiralty Inlet. The island has two ferry services, one from West Seattle and the other from Tacoma and there are no bridges that connect the island with the mainland.
The island was named on May 28, 1792, by the explorer George Vancouver after his friend, James Vashon of the Royal Navy, who also explored the area on the H.M.S. Alert. At that time, Vashon Island was separate from the neighboring Maury Island, but today the hamlet of Portage sits on an isthmus built by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers that connects the two.

FERRY TERMINAL - VASHON ISLAND, VIEWS OF MT. RAINIER

We walked around the Vashon farmer’s market (I bought some Washington cherries that were wonderful) and enjoyed a northwest wine tasting at Reliable Wines before eating a picnic lunch at the small town of Dockton on Maury Island. Brian and I found this little marina and ate our lunch on a picnic table in the shade. We tried searching for the Point Robinson Lighthouse but couldn’t locate the right road to take us to that part of the beach. There is a lot to explore on Vashon Island and I think we’ll definitely come back again.
Stace