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Old 01-11-2016, 11:59 PM   #11
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Sorry I'm thinking piecemeal here, or I would have put this all in one posting. You will need to contact WSF and reserve a spot on the ferry to Port Townsend. I think I did this through their webpage. I don't remember how far in advance you need to make the reservation; it's a day or days beforehand, not weeks.

I was going to Olympic National Park on my trip. Since you are taking US 101, I'd suggest stopping at Kalaloch campground in the park. It's right on the coast. You can stop at the park's visitors center in Port Angeles to see about availability. At that time of year Kalaloch is the only campground in the park where you might need a reservation. I also spent a few nights at the Mora campground before continuing on to Kalaloch. I didn't need a reservation for Mora.
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Old 01-12-2016, 12:00 AM   #12
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The ferry gets busy on holidays and some weekends. Reservations are easily done online at the WADOT ferry website and are recommended, especially for a tow vehicle and trailer.
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Old 01-12-2016, 12:18 AM   #13
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Thanks Maury&Julie for asking the question, and Thank-You Techfan, Mike, Loren, LeonW and AdVDave for your responses. This is the exact route we were planning for our return trip in April. Thanks Leon, for the Hoh Valley Rain Forst tip. We really would like to see the Olympic Peninsula. The only other date we have is the Spring NOG in Waterloo. Thanks Donna!

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Old 01-12-2016, 09:00 AM   #14
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We took this ferry last August. It was very easy and we enjoyed the experience. It was very easy drive on/drive off. We made a reservation (as many recommend) and arrived early. Rather than waiting they put us on an earlier ferry that had space available. I highly recommend it.
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Old 01-12-2016, 10:21 AM   #16
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They guide you in. They guide you out. And you get to cruise a gorgeous part of the world for a half-hour, and even the driver gets to enjoy the view.
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Old 01-12-2016, 11:36 AM   #17
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We love the ferry and would much rather take it than drive through Seattle. It's easy - drive on, drive off. Make reservations (they are easy to change). You can do it online. The little cafe at the Coupeville dock is good. On the Port Townsend side, Ft Worden is a great place to camp and 101 is a beautiful drive no matter which way you go. Here we are waiting for the ferry.
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:22 PM   #18
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I have to add one thing about going through Seattle. I expected no quarter to be given and was unfamiliar with the roads. Yet every time I was in the wrong lane and needed to switch, after hitting my turn signal someone always dropped back to let me in. And this on a Friday afternoon. My compliments to the Seattle drivers. And yea, those ferries look like a great adventure. Loren
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:25 PM   #19
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One thing to remember when taking the ferry. Pull up as close as possible to the vehicle in front of you. If enough people did that all the time, they'd be able to fit more cars on the ferry! I get so annoyed when I see people leaving huge gaps between their vehicles, knowing there were people that weren't able to get on due to this.

Second - do get the Ivar's clam chowder on the ferry! Love that stuff, but since it has gluten and probably onions & garlic in it, I can't eat it any longer.

Third - take your binocs on board with you as it's great fun to scope out the houses along shoreline, as well as other ships/boats. And you never know if you'll spot wildlife, such as whales, orcas and/or seals.

Fourth - stand out on the deck, regardless of the weather. Great fun, especially when it's windy.
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I have to add one thing about going through Seattle. I expected no quarter to be given and was unfamiliar with the roads. Yet every time I was in the wrong lane and needed to switch, after hitting my turn signal someone always dropped back to let me in. And this on a Friday afternoon. My compliments to the Seattle drivers. And yea, those ferries look like a great adventure. Loren
I agree, one of my least favorite stretches of road is Everett to Olympia and I kind of mentally groan before I set off. But aside from some slowdowns etc. I've also been pleasantly surprised to be sailing by the skyscrapers at a good clip. Timing is everything, but it's also random. I see it as a bit of a crap shoot.

The ferries great and so much less than BC Ferries. Be aware though, if a Westerly is blowing and you suffer from seasickness then maybe giving it a pass might be a good idea. I've ridden it under those conditions and you can barely walk around without going flying. They do shut it down sometimes but it can be a rough passage in bad weather.

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