I grew up less than thirty miles from Anderson Island, in the south Puget Sound area of western Washington. But I had never been there until we did a weekend getaway on Anderson Island.
Why did I wait so long?
But Anderson Island is not a tourist destination. There are only two airbnb’s and vacation homes and a couple of bed and breakfasts on the island. One restaurant and one cafe. And just one small market. So don’t come here looking for nightlife or shopping.
So why would you come here? Peace and quiet. Bird watching. Kayaking. Cycling. Walking and hiking.
We spent one night in a cabin owned by a friend of ours. The cabin nestled cozily in the woods on tiny Pine Lake (actually a pond). From the deck we watched osprey pluck trout from the water as well as families fishing and hauling in some big trout. Should have brought my fishing pole!
We ate lunch at the Riviera Golf Club restaurant and enjoyed the views looking out over Lake Josephine, one of two pretty little lakes on this island of less than 40 square miles.
On Friday we cycled the south end of the island through bucolic farmland dotted with old barns and views of the Puget Sound. On Saturday we cycled the more hilly north end of the island and visited the historic Johnson Farm and local history museum.
Although Anderson Island has no bike lanes, the traffic is so light it’s a safe and serene place to enjoy time on the bikes. It would be an easy day trip too. Leave your car on the mainland and ride your bike on the ferry. The Pierce Transit Ferry runs about once an hour, but sometimes less frequent. See the schedule here. The ferry can only take 55 cars, so if you are just going for a day on the bike, definitely leave the car in Steilacoom.
We often talk about where we see ourselves settling once our Grand Adventure finishes. I’m frequently torn between a more urban home where I can walk to grocery store and entertainment or a place like Anderson Island where nature is your neighbor and life is quiet and slow.
Time will tell…either way I’m sure I’ll visit Anderson Island again where life slows down, neighbors wave and mother nature greets you every morning. Fabulous.