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Monday, November 27, 2000

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Getting around

I got some cool photos from my daughter today with a note saying that what she was thankful for at Thanksgiving was that I was her mother. She's such a sweetie. I am thankful that she's my daughter. I just so fell in love with my kids when they were born. I am the lucky one.

I saw a reference to a ferry today and I got sidelined searching for ferries. They are such a great way to cross rivers and bays. There are several small ones still going strong but too many have been replaced with bridges so people can just whip across without stopping. The enjoyment of a ferry is that you do have to stop. You stop and wait to get on and then stop as it crosses. It gives a nice punctuation to a trip. There's a place for both bridges and ferries but the best part of a trip is getting there.

Canals are great also but they aren't used much for passenger transportation, only as sightseeing. Transportation is when something is used on a regular basis by people going about their business. Ferries fill that but canals no longer do, as far as I know.

Why do so many people only want to use cars for surface transportation? There are so many interesting ways to get around. Bus, train, ferry, bike, walking. People have used so many ways to get to where they're going. Of course, up to the last hundred years most people just walked because that's all they had. Time tested.

I fell in love with ferries when I first used one in Puget Sound about six years ago. I drove my truck on one and was amazed and fascinated. I'd never really considered using a boat to take my car or myself across a river. I found the idea of whole communities using the ferry as basic transportation to be fascinating. I still love them and enjoyed revisiting them when I visited Seattle this fall. It's so great to just glide across the water and the ferries are heavy enough that it really is gliding.

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