9/11 changed everything, they say

photo by Ballard Avenue

Well, it certainly changed the Coast Guard. They bought racy little patrol boats and now sometimes escort the ferries plying back and forth across Puget Sound. We had occasion to ride the Southworth ferry a couple weeks ago. It was a lovely day and one of our group said, "I bet we'll see the Coasties. Do you think that on a day like this they're going to spend the afternoon doing paperwork?"

Sure enough, we found the Coast Guard on duty, intercepting the sailboat that came too close to the ferries passing each other off of Vashon Island. Reassured that Osama bin Laden wasn't at the helm, the Coasties sped away and all in all, it was a splendid day out for everyone.