Friday night is Alaska Ferry night. The Alaska State Ferry docks at the Bellingham Ferry Terminal every Friday morning - and departs every Friday night - around 6 p.m. I say "around" because it sometimes leaves at 6:02 and sometimes is still at the dock after 7:30 p.m.
We take a picnic and eat in the car - while watching the cars, trucks, vans, campers, motor homes, semi trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, commercial trucks and once a self propelled cherry picker - load onto the ferry. We try to guess which will be the last vehicle on board - judging by the staging area that we drove past to get to our viewing spot. We are sometimes correct in our guess.
There are also boats in the bay - some close to the ferry - some farther out in the bay. There is always something interesting going on around the ferry. People walking along the decks, some people setting up their tents on the back decks - everyone is getting ready for an exciting trip to Alaska.
Kayaks at the bow of the ferry
A sailboat passing the bow of the ferry
It was windy and very cold last Friday
But they fearlessly paddled on
Taking a rest
And back towards the ferry
The captain blows the whistle - loud and long - to warn the kayakers
And the ferry departs - the evening sun reflecting on the windows