Bainbridge Island

Another adventure of the Retired Amigos. Several weeks ago Jeff and I drove over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and picked up Max in Gig Harbor. There are two ways to get to Bainbridge Island. One is by ferry from Seattle. The other is to drive up the Kitsap Peninsula and take the bridge over Agate Pass which is what we did. That put us close to the Bloedel Reserve which is on the north side of the island.

The Bloedel Reserve is a 150 acre estate that the previous owners had turned into a forest-garden with natural and landscaped lakes, immaculate lawns, woods, a rock and sand Zen garden, a moss garden, a rhododendron glen, and a reflection pool. Being the Renaissance Men that we are, we decided to check it out.

Max and Jeff angling for a senior discount at the visitor center

Max and Jeff angling for a senior discount at the visitor center

A two mile trail wanders through the property. Here are some photos of our stroll.

As we set off,  Jeff is describing to Max what a great day this is going to be

As we set off, Jeff is describing to Max what a great day this is going to be

Soon we are out of the meadow and into the woods

Soon we are out of the meadow and into the woods

One of those pristine lakes described in the brochure

One of those pristine lakes described in the brochure

The trestle bridge

The trestle bridge

A Banana Slug

A Banana Slug

A frog enjoying the sunny day

A frog enjoying the sunny day

Max and I contemplating the tranquility of it all

Max and I contemplating the tranquility of it all

The path leads to the Bloedel’s former residence, an 18th century French Country style home.

View of the front

View of the front

View of Puget Sound from the dining room

View of Puget Sound from the dining room

And a view of the back

And a view of the back

Coneflowers

Coneflowers

Lace Cap Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla)?

Lace Cap Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla)?

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A Birch tree

A Birch tree

The Japanese Sand and Stone Garden

The Japanese Sand and Stone Garden

Easy place to get your Zen on

Easy place to get your Zen on

Home of a very fortunate bird

Home of a very fortunate bird

All that walking worked up quite an appetite so we headed into the town of Bainbridge and Restaurant Marché where we were lucky enough to get seats at the chef’s counter.

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A front row seat

A front row seat

Jeff and Max claim to have never had country pâté so we had to order one with three forks

Jeff and Max claim to have never had country pâté so we had to order one with three forks

Mussels & Frites

Mussels & Frites

Mussels steamed in Fennel, Cream and Pernod. Russet Potatoes with Aioli.

Mussels steamed in Fennel, Cream and Pernod. Russet Potatoes with Aioli.

Max getting the recipe for country pâté

Max getting the recipe for country pâté

Three happy campers

Three happy campers

On the way back to Gig Harbor, we went through the little town of Polsbo where Max had to make a couple of stops.

Boehms Chocolates

Boehms Chocolates

Sluys Bakery, home of the famous Polsbo Bread

Sluys Bakery, home of the famous Polsbo Bread

An so ends another adventure of the Three Retired Amigos.

The only thing the last photo has to do with the day is that I took it of a poster somewhere along the way. I’ve discovered that when I put a link to my blog on Facebook, Facebook always selects the last image from my post as the album cover. So, I’ll stick this here and see what happens.

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