Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor from Minnesota surprised to find myself on an island in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three younger children (the oldest is attending college in Chicago), and two dogs.

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Bainbridge Walk: Hawley Cove and Wing Point

Last year on the Fourth of July, we were fortunate to be invited by friends to watch fireworks over Eagle Harbor from their aunt’s house right on the water. We noticed that there was a small public park called Hawley Cove right next to her home and we finally made it over there to check it out.

We parked on the street near the path that leads to the park, but it’s only about a ten-minute walk from the ferry. A nice path through the woods leads from the street to the water’s edge.

On the day we were there, the tide was out really far so there was a lot of space to walk with the dogs. This view (above) is looking west toward the inner harbor.

And this view is looking southeast toward Mount Rainier.

We saw a ferry coming in, so of course we had to stay and watch it. Will ferry-watching ever get old?

Coming into Eagle Harbor.

Since we were in the neighborhood, we decided to walk all the way out to the end of Wing Point. We can see the houses on the south side from the ferry, but it was really fun to see the neighborhood from a completely different point of view on foot. I hadn’t realized how narrow Wing Point is—there’s just one road out to the end, with houses on either side.

The roads ends here at the start of a private drive. You can just see the Seattle skyline. The neighborhood is so close to Winslow, but you feel like you’re in a different world. Which is something I seem to say about a lot of places on Bainbridge!

Gray shakes and white trim are still my favorite. In a perfect universe, I would airlift my old house with its gray shakes and white trim and plunk it down on Bainbridge. Sadly, that’s physically impossible, plus it would be hard on the people who bought it. I’ve been content to hunker down in the rental these past two years (and, really, I’ve been grateful that we were even able to find a nice, affordable place that would fit all six of us and the animals), but I’m just starting to get to the point where I’m willing to think about what might be next….

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