After a wonderful week on Whidbey Island, it was time to pack up and head to our most favorite campground ever - Salt Creek Recreation Area a few miles outside Port Angeles. As the crow flies, this is just down the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Dan and Sherrie's place, but getting there requires reservations and steely nerves - at least for us RVing newbies. We were loading up on the ferry for the trip to Port Townsend. Eeeek. If you've ever been on a ferry, you know how they pack vehicles in like sardines. I prayed we wouldn't lose a mirror on this voyage.
Rather than packing up the day of departure, we started that chore a day early for this trip. Plus we had a repair to make. If you'll recall, our steps were left flapping in the wind due to a link that sheared right in half upon our arrival last week. We found the part on amazon - apparently this is a somewhat common issue with RV steps. Steven wanted to make sure he had the time to work on that. He did, and it involved a lot of cursing. He did get the steps working again (YAY!) but they won't retract all the way (BOO!). He just tied them up with some rope and that was going to have to have to do us for the time being.
Our reservations were at 11:00 a.m. and we left nothing to chance. We arrived just before 10:00 a.m. and were second in line for our ferry. The cool thing about this is that we just got up out of our seats and made ourselves some breakfast. I still can't wrap my head around being able to do that - it's just so awesome.
It was good that I was able to keep my mind off loading Scoopy onto the ferry. I had every confidence I could do it, but that didn't mean it wouldn't be nerve-wracking. We decided not to unhook Toadie Hopper and drive onto the ferry separately even though it would have been slightly less expensive. Our total length was 54' 2", which seems really long, but at least if I freaked out, Steven would be with me.
As it turned out, my fears were unfounded. We just drove onto that thing like we owned it. We were the first to go on and rather than cramming us into one skinny lane, the ferry dudes guided us right down the middle of two lanes - right to the front! OMG! Best view ever! We just stayed inside Scoopy during the entire half-hour voyage. No reason to get out when you've got everything you need right where you are.
We had an easy drive to Salt Creek where we had a long pull-through with a gorgeous view of the strait out nearly every window. We've been in a few different spots in this park and have fond memories staying here in Alfred Hitchpop, but this was our first time in Scoopy. It was good to be back.