Boatbuilding Blog

November 6, 2010

Thursday’s Commute

Filed under: Day Trips — tomlarkin @ 11:49 am

Up at o-dark early and jump into the truck. Halloween lights are still up on the porch.

Down the hill. Three miles from the house to the marina.

First stop – Tully’s – for black coffee and a maple bar.

Just getting light at the marina. The float planes are already taxiing out for their daily trips around the Sound.

Turn on the power, warm up the motor.

Start the heater. Untie the lines.

Head out slowly to keep the wake down and not scare the Coots and Widgeons.

Goodbye to Kenmore. Eight miles to Carillon Point, straight south down the lake at eight miles per hour.

Watch the sun come up over the hills, waking the sleepers. Sunshine in November?

The hills catch the daylight minute by minute. Rainier dominates the south.

I finish my coffee as I pull into Carillon Point. Tie up, turn everything off, and walk up the steps toward the bus stop.

The light is just reaching the trees here, below the hill. The gilded tips of the carillons catch the first rays.

Up to the street, just in time to catch the 230 to Bellevue Transit Center.

Walk a block to the Bravern, where I work.

Elevator to the 21st floor.  Another cup of coffee, and down the hall to my office.

Work until dusk, and repeat the whole process in reverse.

Tied up and shut down back in the marina. Time to drive home.

Just another day at the office.



  1. Cool!

    Is that faster than driving I-405?

    Still, much more fun I bet.

    Comment by robert — November 6, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

    • Oh, no. It adds at least an hour and a half to the commute. Each way. More if I miss the bus. Costs more too. It’s certainly the high point of the day though.

      Comment by tomlarkin — November 7, 2010 @ 4:26 am

  2. Very nice! 🙂

    Comment by Hari — November 7, 2010 @ 9:08 am

  3. Show off 🙂

    Like the keyboard.

    Comment by ChrisS — November 7, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

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