Last week I needed to meet with a friend and former co-worker who is now retired. I quickly agreed to travel to her house, because she lives on Bainbridge Island, and visiting her means I need to ride the ferry.
I swear the Washington State Ferry system seduced me into moving to Seattle. One ride, one long look at the skyline as I floated away from the dock, admiring the beautiful scenery as I rode to my destination is all it took. I was converted.
Because my friend had to commute across the water for nearly twenty years, the romance of the ferry ride is lost on her. It was a daily grind, tied to the schedule of boats. But for me, the chance to go to a meeting via ferry was an adventure.
There is always a little bit of stress getting into Seattle, hoping to find a parking space (if you walk on, which I did this time) or if you’re driving – getting into the lineup earlier enough to make the boat. Then, you are there, waiting patiently for the ferry to arrive, unload and then welcome you aboard.
I lucked out and the day I traveled was warm and sunny, which is not the usual for the Pacific Northwest this summer. I think people were actually giddy with sunshine, because everyone seemed in a good mood. Or maybe, like me, the idea of riding the ferry makes them childlike again.
I love standing outside to watch the cars load on, and then in what seems a very small amount of time, the whistle blows, the engines roar and the boat slips away from the dock. People snap photos of the skyline, the sea gulls circle, and I’m off on an adventure.
The afternoon consisted of having lunch with my friend, gossiping a bit, talking business and we even managed a little bit of shopping. I found the most amazing rain boots – and they were half-off! (Happy Birthday to me).
By three o’clock, I was back at my desk, but I felt refreshed and renewed because I was able to make a business meeting into a simple adventure.
What’s your idea of a fun and simple adventure?