This incident took place about 10 years ago. My son and I decided to go for a drive on a hot sunny day. We chose to drive down to our local marina, located on the Puget Sound in a town whose first inhabitants landed in the late 1700's. The town is located in a low lying spot at the bottom of what was a massive prehistoric landslide, it's banked on one side with a cliff, adjacent to a creek and contains several low grass lands that were discovered to be extremely fertile. It was there a combination seaport and farming community was born.
On the top of the cliff and surrounding hillsides are the remnants of several old homes. It was said an old sea captain lived up on the cliff overlooking the water, it's a the home didn't survive the years but there is mention of it in the local historical society museum.
My son and I spent a pleasant afternoon at the marina waterfront park then decided to head home. The main road to our home travels north along the waterfront and then climbs up the hill towards the top of the cliff. We decided to turn off the main drag at the top of the hill and travel west towards the road closest to the cliff and then turn north. This area has a small pocket of homes with expansive lawns; nestled amoungst old growth trees.
We had just turned onto the cliff drive and gone not more than one half of a block when I looked in my rear view mirror and saw a man slowly crossing the road. The man looked to be in his 60's, sporting a white trimmed beard, a blue hat with short brim, blue coat and trousers. Because we have two local yacht clubs in the area I didn't think much of it, I glanced at my son and told him to turn around and look at the old commodore; he glanced back and said there was no one there! I pulled over and turned around, searching the road and the nearby homes. Unless old guy dropped into a ditch, he had just vanished, there was not enough time him to reach any of the front doors of the expansive homes he was walking towards!
This area was logged heavily in the late 1800's and is said to be the location of an old children's home and the captains residence. To this day I don't know for sure what I saw but I believe I saw a glimpse of the past, a residual apparition of a sea captain. In broad daylight!