Oh, how our little family loves Vashon Island! A spare Saturday not overtaken by plans becomes magical when we venture there. Just a few blocks down from our house is the Fauntleroy ferry-- we drive on, take a 15 minute ferry ride, and then we are exploring beaches and walking in the town and driving down new-to-us roads. No matter where we decide to go on the island, we always make a stop at the lighthouse. The kids adore that beach, where they never fail to find beautiful shells and forts made of driftwood. I love living in the city, but sometimes as we drive up and down the hills of countryside, I envy the cozy homes in the mist-- the yards full of green grass and chickens, and the peaceful quiet interrupted only by the sounds of waves and seagulls.