Greg Wessel's ROUGH-HEWN GUIDE TO VASHON AND MAURY ISLANDS, WASHINGTON is the first-ever travel guide to this magical location just a short ferry ride from Seattle. With only 40 square miles of dry land and 11,000 residents, one might wonder why a travel guide is necessary, but the miracle of Vashon is not to be discounted! Included in this delightful book are intimate stories and inside information that will both delight and humor you, including valuable advice from Fashion Maven Cindy Hoyt for how to dress during your visit so that you fit right in (or at least aren%u2019t recognized right off). Vashon and Maury Islands are widely known as the two brightest gems in the crown of Puget Sound that decorates the Pacific Northwest, and the Chamber of Commerce did not pay us to write that, much as we wish they had. Simply put, Vashon is filled with wonderful places to visit, enchanting sights to see, and more than a few quirky people. You need a guidebook to decipher the experience of being here, and so here it is, complete with chapters on history, flora, fauna, governance, where to eat, places to go, things to see (real and imagined), where (and how) to fall in love and/or snag a mate, myths to bust, and important rules to live by. You can learn about the first UFO sighting recorded in the United States (which happened right here), as well as where you can get a decent glass of wine, how to recognize a landslide, and where you can go to church when you%u2019ve been hit by a landslide after drinking too much wine. We give you advice on how to live the good life, how to raise your kids, and even what to do with your dog, not necessarily in that order. There are ghosts you can hunt, mysterious sounds you can listen for, and invasive plants you can kill without getting into trouble. This book will guarantee, more or less, that you will enjoy your visit and stay out of trouble, unless you want to get into trouble, and then we offer a few tips for that as well.