Wooo hooo! Hydrafoil – that’s ok with me! Have done “hydrafoil”several places as a foot passenger without any undue trauma! Kind of fun, actually.
Seriously, and selfishly… just a few random comments:
We don’t go into town all that much. And Fairhaven / Gooseberry… it makes not much difference to us – we’re pretty much retired. We walk across often now and have 2 vehicles. One is usually on either side. We also like taking the bus too, so that’s always an option when the timing is right. So for “day-to-day”, Fairhaven sounds good.
However, IF we needed a construction project done, OUCH the fees! (and I’m sure we will with “this old house” we have.) And of course on an un-selfish note, what about the school kids, people that don’t have 2 cars, etc.
a couple things about our “story” with the current ferry-
I will NOT drive at NIGHT on the rez because it’s so hard to see and I am scared to death I might hit a person or animal. I’ve almost been hit head on, too. It would have been nice to have street lights and sidewalks on the rez, but that really hasn’t progressed too much over the years. So having a foot ferry from Fairhaven has a certain appeal I can see. I might be able to do my own driving to certain evening events and to see my son in town, when I need to get home after dark.
AND THEN… on the other hand, my favorite drive leaving the island is turning right, instead of left off Gooseberry Pt. and winding along the beautiful coastline of the Lummi Nation and even pulling over to admire the eagles and herons fishing. I would miss that a great deal if things change. We hate it when Marine Drive is closed due to flooding.
What do I want? I’m pretty flexible, except I’d sure like to keep the rates down. And it sounds like whatever happens, we WILL be seeing some pretty good rate hikes. THAT is tough on retirees. Sounds like there are a lot of creative ideas floating around and I’ll be optimistic and think that it’s all going to work out for us in the long run.