Anderson Island

F6900E39-AE43-4F8A-924F-480DA5FFABB1I have lived in this area all my life and never visited Anderson Island.  A few weeks ago I was reading a story set in France and the characters were traveling through small villages. This set me to bemoaning that I wasn’t traveling. Then, in a moment,  I realized that there were a lot of places, a whole lot, right here in my backyard, that I hadn’t been to.  I called Karen and we decided to make it our mission to discover our backyard in the coming months.  First stop, Anderson Island.

Anderson Island is called “The Secret Island” and is the southernmost Island in Puget Sound. It is accessible only by boat or float plane and is about a 20-minute ferry ride.  Karen commented that going there is like stepping back in time.  It has one General Store, one Gas Station, One Restaurant and no traffic lights.

The Island is just under 8 miles in size, with a population (in 2010) of 1037.  We picked a perfect day with the weather. The ferry ride was beautiful. The picture shows it a bit windy, but not cold at all. In fact, we stopped at “The Old Swimming Hole”, and watched kids swimming.

Our first stop was the General Store where we picked up a map and met a very friendly guy behind the counter. This is one of the friendliest places I have visited.  Armed with a  map we set out to explore the island.  The guy at the store told us about the restaurant that sets on one of two lakes.  So first stop Riviera Lakeshore Restaurant.  It overlooks Lake Josephine and has a beautiful view of Mt. Rainier.  And, is sooooo quiet. We both had fish and chips, good, and better with the ambiance surrounding us.

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A resident of the island stopped by our table and chatted for a bit. The pace of the day was “Island Time”.  Karen had it right when she said it was like stepping back in time.

We drove around the Island stopping at the first school on the Island and Johnson Historic Farm.  You can see more of the farm on their website.  Unfortunately, it was closed but we wandered around enjoying the grounds and wonderful weather.

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Altogether an amazing day that made me again wonder at how I could have lived here so long and never visited Anderson Island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11 responses to “Anderson Island

  1. You are really good at immersing yourself in local culture. What a fun day trip! I’m glad you got to do it.

  2. I’ve lived in Tacoma all my life and have never been over there….thanks for a look at Anderson Island.

  3. great pictures. Looks like a delightful place. So glad you went. I agree that we sometimes ignore our own little treasures around us and need to explore more. Jillian

  4. What a lovely trip and great photos. Isn’t funny how we can live in places, travel miles afield, yet never visit those places on our doorstep. I’m just the same, lived in London until I was 20 yet never been to Tower of London, British Museum or the art galleries.

    • You live in an amazing place. So many places to visit and explore. You’ll no doubt appreciate seeing the Tower Of London and the Museum and art galleries more now than when you were younger. Maybe after you get the remodeling and decorating done.

  5. This looks a wonderful place to visit and slow down. I often find I take visitors to places that I don’t think about going to. Lovely photos.

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