Monday, February 20, 2012
Ferries plying the waters near Seattle handle about 24 million passenger trips each year — the ferry system provides both a commuter transit service and an adventurous outing. A voyage across the Puget Sound can offer spectacular views of the Seattle skyline to the east, wooded shorelines to the west, and an ever-changing interplay of light and color created by the skies and water. Around the Sound tower the Olympics Range, the rugged Cascades, and Mount Rainier.
It helps tie together an area of otherwise inaccessible islands, and helps define a sense of region and a sense of place.
Michael Diehl lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, a ferry ride away from Seattle. He has created a book called “Crossings: On the Ferries of Puget Sound”. It chronicles not just the experience of traveling on the ferries of the Sound, but also just what those ferries mean to the life and culture of the area.
The book weaves together factual information, images, and insights gathered during more than two years, presented in 304 pages with more than 375 original photographs.
Our guest talks about this central role for the ferries – how they matter and why.