Vignette: The Blackball Ferry

By Jane Mountain | October 14, 2014

When you travel, there are certain moments and feelings that you want to remember forever. Travelling alone, as I head down the coast towards LA, I have been been attempting to capture some of them in writing, in brief vignettes, if you will. This is my first one.

On the ferry, I am at peace. It doesn’t matter where in the world, ferries deliver the same experience. The wide open ocean fades into distant unnamable lands, shrouded in mist. Mystery.

Families chat breezily, old people doze, snacks are consumed by the handful. Still, on ferries, people hold newspapers, magazines, books… though more and more, these are being replaced by Kindles, iPhones, and laptops.

Sipping a watery too-dark roast, I close my eyes and listen to the rumble of the engines carrying me to somewhere brand new. Today, everything is ahead of me.  


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Hi, I’m Jane, founder and chief blogger on My Five Acres. I’ve lived in six countries and have camped, biked, trekked, kayaked, and explored in 50! At My Five Acres, our mission is to inspire you to live your most adventurous life and help you to travel more and more mindfully.


  1. Comment by Stephen

    Stephen Reply October 18, 2014 at 1:14 am

    This is beautiful, and makes me want to be with you on your trip even more. Two weeks – see you in two weeks!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane October 19, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      Thanks Stephen. I am enjoying travelling alone, but it’s not as fun as when you’re here! Lots of talking to myself…

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