We had bounced back and forth on the idea of ferrying to avoid Seattle traffic madness and had finally settled on a choice when the universe stepped in and put yet another recommendation to take the ferry in front of us. So, we took a chance (without a reservation) and were told “Probably not but you can wait and see.”
We had nowhere we had to be though so we sat for a bit. Darlene knitted and Nicole played the guitar. When Nicole started playing the theme from The Titanic, Darlene suggested it might not be the best idea considering our plans.
That’s when a semi-truck pulled up next to us. Are you serious? At that point, we were silently hoping we didn’t make it onto the ferry.
But when the man pointed at us and directed us onto the semi-truck laden ferry as one of the last two vehicles, we admit we were elated. It was Annie’s first ferry ride.
Washington State Parks had a Fee Free day right as we were approaching Deception Pass. Seemed like a good time to wander around a bit.
Moving east, we had tentative plans to cross the North Cascades. When we were ready though the bulldozers were still clearing 30 foot high avalanches, had another 15 miles of highway to clear and were predicting another four weeks of work. So, we skirted the bottom of them instead.
It was a pleasant drive with many beautiful views around each corner. Our plans to hit a Forest Service campground on top of the pass were thwarted by a road blocked with snow so high that you could only see the top of the stop sign. There weren’t many places to pull over so we just snapped a few photos from the van.