Scope it out… south

Looking out into the distance beyond the south end of Blake Island is where the the small community of Southworth is located. Out on the Kitsap Peninsula, there’s not much to Southworth other than a small grocery store, ferry dock, and the scenic road to Manchester and Port Orchard. The ferry that serves this dock also serves West Seattle & Vashon/Maury Island.

The waterway that runs between Southworth and Vashon Island is named Colvos Passage. While most passages in Puget Sound reverse currents (ebb & flood) twice a day along with the tides, Colvos always seems to flow north for some reason.


You’re located near the top right portion of the chart looking straight out towards Blake Island. The bottom center of the chart shows the Port of Tacoma while the bottom left shows the narrow passage to south sound which terminates around  Olympia, WA. The pink stripe designates shipping lanes.

Vashon Island is the southern landmass you see along Colvos Passage. Vashon is connected to neighboring Maury Island by a small narrow spit constructed back in 1916. Vashon is the largest island in Puget Sound south of Admiralty inlet with a population of around 11,000. There are two quaint towns along the main highway named Vashon and Burton along with a great public beach at the Pt. Robinson Lighthouse on Maury Is. There’s also a large Farmers Market in the town of Vashon every Wednesday & Saturday from early April to late September.

We highly recommend a visit to Vashon via the Fauntleroy ferry that’s located only about 10 minutes south of the bungalow. The ferry runs several times a day but you’ll want to avoid week day afternoon rush hour lines. Unlike all the other Washington State Ferry routes, the fare for this run is round trip. A car is recommended due to a pretty big hill and long trek to town. There is a bus line that runs down to the docks and hitch hiking is very common on the island. If you do bring your car, it’s best to cover up any Trump for President bumper stickers given that Vashon has the Washington Post distinction of being the most liberal town in the entire United States!

Maury Island is the furthest southern land mass you can see across the main shipping lanes to Tacoma. The island’s claim to fame is likely the 1947 Maury Island Incident that officially kicked off the UFO frenzy around the country. The island is also the home to several local broadcasting towers you will see blinking red in the evening. Apparently, the soil conductivity on Maury & Vashon is greater than any other area around the Seattle region. Sounds way too science fictiony to me… or could it from UFO droppings…

Looking straight down the coast from the seawall, Lincoln Park is the point of land sticking out less than 2 miles south. This 135 acre park sports over 3 miles of trail through old growth trees, sandy driftwood beaches, ball fields, and a heated olympic sized saltwater public pool. To get there, just head out the door and turn right down Beach Drive.


Lincoln Park’s saltwater pool was first used in the mid 20’s as a local swimming hole (historic photo hanging downstairs over the office desk) then constructed to what you see today by the Colman family back in 1941. Presently an official Seattle historic landmark.

Next post in series, What you don’t see

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