First Ferry Ride!Emily Malone
A few weekends ago, I surprised my husband with a trip out of town for Father’s Day. We’ve been living in Seattle for two years now, but we’ve been so busy exploring and discovering the city itself that we haven’t ventured out much into the surrounding areas and islands of which there are so many!
So we finally took advantage of a nice, summer weekend with no plans and ferried up to the San Juan Islands, a 90 minute drive and 60 minute ferry ride from Seattle. It was Cullen’s first ferry ride and I was eager to see what he would think. We quickly discovered that ferry transportation is awesome.
Since most of our family and friends live on the other side of the country, nearly all of our travel is done by air. This means that we have to pack minimally and can never take more than what fits in our suitcase. But ferry travel was totally different! We were able to drive our car straight onto the ferry (for only $60 round trip too!), and take as much as we needed, which included our stroller, hiking backpack, luggage, groceries, and more. It was fantastic.
The other great thing about ferry travel? We drove our car on and then got off and headed up to the main deck, which had big cozy booths overlooking the water, as well as plenty of room for Cullen to run around and stretch his legs. Unlike a car or airplane where he’s confined to a car seat or tiny airplane seat, he was able to climb around and enjoy the journey, which made an enormous difference.
He loved looking out the window and checking out the other boats passing by and things like birds, airplanes, and houses in the distance. We are looking forward to taking advantage of having so many nearby islands to ferry to in the coming months. I can’t wait to plan another trip!