While the initial driver of my weekend at home was my 10 year high school reunion, and then the Kirkland Sprint Triathlon – I was also looking forward to showing off a bit of my hometown to The Girl in between some of those activities.
So we spent some of Saturday afternoon after the race in ‘downtown’ Mukilteo. I went to high school just up the hill from here. Mukilteo is a small town on the water within Puget Sound and is about 30-35 minutes north of Seattle by car. It lies just beyond the runway at Paine Field – where Boeing makes the 747/777/767 and new 787.
Mukilteo’s primary tourist draw is both its lighthouse and ferry route – which takes folks across to Whidbey Island. Though on weekdays, the ferry is the main artery to folks living on the island.
The lighthouse still operates today, in fact, you can actually go up in it (or down it as the picture below shows):
Once up at the top, you’re able to more clearly see the tiny bulbs which power the light that’s visible some 12 miles away. Interestingly, the system is designed so if one bulb fails, the next one automatically moves into place.
Looking the other way, you can enjoy the view south along the beach. And until as recently as 1996 two Coast Guard families actually lived in the two houses on the property.
The beach though is probably one of my favorite parts of the waterfront area. Large pieces of driftwood collect here, stripped of any rough edges, as well as color. Though, mixed with a warm summertime day, the beach comes alive with folks and activity.
Though, some portions are still quiet if you just want to simply relax and enjoy the day.
Walking north a bit, you’ll find the ferry terminal and the primary food-related attraction on the waterfront: Ivar’s. Ivar’s is Seattle’s best fish and chips seafood place. They’ve got a few stands at the various beach-edge towns around the sound.
Though, some locations also have a dinning room inside, should you want something a bit less fried…as we did.
But not all good must come from a restaurant in Mukilteo on the water. Nope, quite a bit of it comes from home cooking – and in particular, my parents home just up the road from the ferry. On Saturday night we got a slow cooked beef pasta made for us. It started as slow cooked beef ribs that fall off the bones:
Then it advances to simmering in a wine tomato sauce for quite a while longer…
…before finally be served over fresh penne pasta:
And with that, my short little trip in Seattle was over…off to Vegas I head – ready for a week of Interbike! Hope you enjoyed my brief tour into my hometown. Thanks for reading!