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Coupeville,WA   08/24/08 (Day 681)
Airstream Afloat

With some trepidation, we drive onto the ferry that makes the run from Port Townsend to Keystone on Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington. It’s the first time our Safari SE has been waterborne and it’s both exciting and unnerving. It’s amazing to us that ferries actually float and don’t just sink with all that weight on them in the first place—much like it’s amazing that airplanes don’t just drop out of the sky—and our truck and Airstream add a considerable amount of poundage to the deck.

Our Safari SE on its very first ferry ride.

The 30 minute ride goes smoothly, of course, and that’s a good thing since Toby’s Tavern in Coupeville, not far from the ferry terminal, has some Penn Cove mussels with our names on them. We were at Toby’s a couple of years ago in search of the area’s world-famous mussels, but the day we stopped by a strange marine bloom meant that fishermen had temporarily stopped going out for the delicious shellfish.

The whole point of today’s ferry ride is to try again. This time we call ahead to confirm that the mussels are available and when the steaming hot bowl arrives at our table it quickly becomes clear that they are worth the repeat visit. They are small, taut, sweet, creamy and not at all sandy. In other words, perfect.




** This isn't a normal photo gallery with a slideshow because this post originally appeared on our Airstream blog. **

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