The waves meet the land on tiny Hat Island

The Hat Island ferry, called The Hat Express, is a private, owner-funded walk-on ferry and has a limited schedule to the island from the Everett waterfront. Hat Island is at left; Camano Head is at right. The Hat Express makes its way from Hat Island through Possession Sound on its way to Everett. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)
The Hat Island ferry, called The Hat Express, is a private, owner-funded walk-on ferry and has a limited schedule to the island from the Everett waterfront. Hat Island is at left; Camano Head is at right. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)

No matter where you go on this private island — really; there are not that many options — someone is going to say a friendly hello.