Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Kalakala


Today we drove up to Tacoma, WA to pick up some car parts for the Miata, and decided to spend a little time adventuring around the Hylebos Waterway looking for the Kalakala. I have been fascinated by it since I first heard about it – after all, I love old things, especially stylistically cool old things, and this is a pretty cool looking ferry. I had hoped the efforts to restore it would work out, but they seemed to be cursed by bad luck from the beginning, and now the talk is that it will be hauled away and scrapped soon. So sad! Luckily it is visible in Google maps, and they are recent enough pictures that it is still in the same location (I wasn’t sure because I had seen some recent articles about it being moved).




But through the wonder of modern smartphone GPS navigation, we managed to wander our way right to it. Unfortunately the view was blocked as it was behind locked gates. It was still a thrill when we found our first peek at it.






It is in rough shape, to put it mildly.

Looking the other direction on the waterway, beautiful Mt Rainier was rising up out of the haze.




It was fun cruising around looking for it. Me driving while Dave navigated. The Stealth is such a nice driving car, I don’t give it nearly enough love. Looks damn good too.




At the west end of the waterway is the Hylebos Bridge, and as we drove over it we realized it actually had a great view. So we parked and walked up the bridge to take some pictures with Mt Rainier in the background.





So sad for it to have been rescued from Alaska and brought home to Seattle, only to get scrapped after all Sad smile

I’m glad we got a chance to see it before it was gone.




heather said...

Great photos and thanks for the link to more info about her. As soon as I saw this, I thought of the beloved Admiral from our area that sadly has been scrapped.............

Dorinda Toner said...

Love seeing the old photos - she sure was a cool ship! Sad when lovely things are not restored.

RobbieKay said...

My husband was raised in Seattle and is always talking about this ferry. He, too, would have loved to have seen it restored.