We discovered we were staying an hour outside Seattle during our plane ride ( very bumpy plane ride) to Seattle from Cleveland. We were a little worried because of the time it would take to get to Bremerton but we managed to pay $3 each to get the train from the airport to the city and then $8 to get to Bremerton from Seattle. It was a lovely ferry ride over the harbour and though the islands as the sun was setting.
We got an uber to the house and were greeted Leah and Ryan who showed us around and introduced to us to their flat mate Alan and other AirB&B guest Jen. Ryan made me a whisky and Coke and we all sat around the bonfire chatting.
On our first day Ryan very kindly offerd to take us out for the whole day to explore the area. We were so up for that as there is so much you miss out on travelling by bus and he is a local so has an abundance of knowledge of the area.
We set off around 9 and stopped for McDonalds breakfast and then had a quick stop at a Marijuana shop for a look as it it legal in Washington. We carried on South on highway 106 to Skokomish where we visited Hunter farms which sold animals (Leah and Ryan’s rabbits were bought here), veggies, flowers, crafts and condiments. We tasted some amazing locally made ice cream and bought some drinks.
From Skokomish we headed North on highway 101 and then off road to the West through the forest to High Steel Bridge, a 685 foot long and 420 foot high steel bridge crossing the South Fork Skokomish River. It was a bit hairy to be so high up and the barriers were not exactly high either. A perfect Bungy spot!
From the bridge we headed back out towards the water to Hoodsport. We stopped at Hoodsport Winery where we paid $5 to taste the amazing Blackberry, Blackcurrent and Apple fruit wines. Most of them I really enjoyed and the hostess was really friendly and knew a lot about the local area.
After a few glasses of wine we needed something to soak up the alcohol so we stopped along the road a bit at Hamma Hamma Oyster company for some Oysters (and more wine). We sat by the outdoor prep area and chatted to the guy opening fresh oysters to serve people, he gave Fergus and I an oyster each as well. We bought the Steamed garlic oysters and I had a glass of NZ Oyster Bay Sav Blanc and Fergus had a beer. What a great place. Right beside the water one side and forest the other.
We got back on the road again a tad behind schedule so unfortunately missed a few things Ryan had suggested we do. Headed up to Finn River Cidery which was a lot bigger thank he winery and had a huge outdoor seating area and even a lady playing songs and singing. We did a cider tasting there and tried about 8 different ciders from apples grown right there on the orchard, most of them I really liked and the hostess was really knowledgeable and sweet.
Leah took Fergus and I to the Safeway to get some snacks and drinks and we returned to the house and had some drinks in the sun. Later that evening another AirB&B guest arrived to sleep on the futon. Ian, a 22 year old student from Melbourne. It really was a fantastic day out. Thanks Ryan!
The following day was a lazy (hangover day). We went to a local cafe, Hi Lo Cafe where we had a brilliant breakfast served by really happy and friendly staff. It was a kooky place with a hippy vibe and you could even sit in a VW van and have your meal! Later on we just went to the shops and made soup for dinner and chilled.
On the Tuesday we set off for Seattle early in the morning. Got the bus down to the terminal and jumped on a ferry. It took an hour to get to the city and the ride was beautiful. All the stunning houses lining the shoreline, little islands and ships dotted around the place really reminded of home and the Otago Peninsula.
Arriving in Seattle you could really smell the city and notice the crowds, this made me certain I had made a good choice in choosing to stay in Bremerton. We had seen enough cities and wanted to see more of the outdoors. We wandered around the Piers and then up to Pike Place Market Which was heaving with fresh produce, nik nak shops and people. Wanted to get some food in there but it was so busy we opted for a cheaper option further into the city.
After a lunch of Burrito Bowl which was yummy we got the Monorail over to the Space Needle. We didn’t go up as we had already been up a number of tall structures on this trip so missed this one. The surrounding gardens, building and sculptures kept us entertained for a while before we moved on to the Olympic Sculpture Garden and then to a Pierside Irish bar. After 3 drinks there we ran to get the 5:30 ferry back to Bremerton.
I had a lovely barbequed Ham Steak and salad roll and Fergus had sausages. Jen had returned and another one of Ryan’s mates also joined us. It was great for Fergus staying here as both Ryan and their flatmate Alan were gardeners so the boys were able to talk shop a lot. A really great night with new friends and similar to what we used to do back home during one of Fergus’s BBQs.
I throughly enjoyed staying with Leah and Ryan and really hope we see them again soon.