For many years now, it has been a fun family tradition that along with my husband, my dad, and my mom, we take an annual “ferry excursion” somewhere in the Puget Sound area of Washington State that the ferry system will take us. It is just a day-trip, where we meet at a ferry dock, and either consolidate into one car, or walk on as passengers, and then enjoy the day. We usually plan around good weather, some fun activity or destination, and food.
Last summer’s trip was taking the ferry from Point Defiance in Tacoma in order to visit the Point Robinson Lighthouse near Vashon Island. The lighthouse is actually on Maury Island which is connected to Vashon Island by a paved road over a narrow strip of land. So in this case, we drove a car onto the ferry so that we could drive to the lighthouse. It was a beautiful clear warm day, and the scenery surrounding the lighthouse was very stunning. It was so clear out that day that Mount Rainier can be seen in the background of one of my pictures.
Historically, originally a fog signal began its operation in 1885. Then, “a light, in the form of a lens lantern that shined fixed red and was attached to a twenty-five-foot post,” began operation in 1887. Progressively, in 1894, “the height of the light was increased five and a half feet.” Around 1907, another wooden tower was built. And “the current lighthouse, featuring an octagonal thirty-eight-foot tower, was completed in 1915.” The light was automated in 1978.
Point Robinson Lighthouse is a twin of the one built at Alki Point in West Seattle, which my husband and I also visited last summer, and I recently went on a nice walk to see again.
Located halfway between Seattle and Tacoma, and “with its picturesque setting and closeness to civilization, Point Robinson Lighthouse was a preferred station among keepers and their families.” Today, the two keepers’ dwellings are available for weekly rentals. Tours of the lighthouse are offered every Sunday in the summer, starting on Mother’s Day and going to mid-September. The grounds surrounding the lighthouse can be accessed during daylight hours.
On this particular day, my husband, my dad, my mom, and I had a picnic lunch on a park bench while glancing at the Point Robinson Lighthouse, and its very picturesque setting.
Some of the other places my family and I have gone to via ferry include some quaint towns, such Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Eastsound on Orcas Island, and Coupeville on Whidbey Island. On Whidbey Island we also visited Admiralty Head and Bush Point Lighthouses together. Occasionally we don’t take a ferry, but instead one time we chartered a boat to visit Patos Island Lighthouse, and Turn Point Lighthouse on Stuart Island. And we have even done a few day-trips without a ferry or boat, such as the Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley, and Snohomish for antiquing. No matter where we go, it is always great fun to get together over places like these!
Quotes and much information in this blog from Lighthouse Friends.