Ferry Magic

I used to think that if one took a cruise, one could stand at the prow and feel the water a few feet below and the wind in your face, and I was so disappointed to discover that is not the truth of it. I have, however, found the desired sensation standing at the end of a pier or on the deck of a ferry.

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The first time I was on a ferry — the Outer Banks of North Carolina — Pamlico Sound was so big, I felt as if I were in the ocean, traveling to some exotic place. Which I was, of course, because anywhere you have never been has an exoticness all its own. Still, although the ferry trip was much shorter, I still had the feel of a fabled ocean voyage because of the nearness of the water and the wind in my face. The reality, of course, is that the ferry itself is a cross between a floating garage

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and an airport waiting room, but fun all the same.

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The Olympic mountains in the distance welcomed me to Kingsport and expressed sadness that I had to cancel my camping trip to the national park.

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My middle sister and I spent a lovely couple of days wandering around Port Townsend, visiting the little libraries,

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and picnicking on the port.  Looking back, on the ride home, I could see the boat’s wake. Looking forward, I could see Seattle (barely visible in the center of this photo.

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The next day, we three sisters got together for lunch in Edmonds.

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We strolled through downtown admiring the gorgeous blooms

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and stopping to smell the roses.

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At the end of the day, I waved to middle sister on the ferry.

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Ah. Ferry magic.

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(Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Madame ZeeZee’s Nightmare, Unfinished, Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.”)

 

 

4 Responses to “Ferry Magic”

  1. rami ungar the writer Says:

    Ah, those photos brought me back. On the ferry from Portsmouth, England to Normandy, France, I did the Titanic pose, and it didn’t not feel as satisfying as it should have. The trip itself was nice though. I spent a couple hours in the lounge just writing. It was relaxing.

  2. Kathy Says:

    What a lovely time with your sisters – a bit envious, I must say.

  3. Malcolm R. Campbell Says:

    Nice set of pictures. They remind me of taking a similar ferry from Seattle out to see a family friend who had a cabin on one of the islands.

  4. SheilaDeeth Says:

    Oh, beautiful! And yes, every ferry ride, long enough to take photos from the deck, feels like an ocean voyage. Love your pictures (and your hats!)!


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