We woke up extremely early on July 12 and poured ourselves into the car with the help of a lot of coffee. It was Jess’s birthday, but it was hard to even remember that because it was so!! early!! Our agenda was up Highway 101 to Port Angeles where we could catch the Coho Ferry to Victoria.
It is difficult to express how beautiful it was to drive up 101 with the Sound on our right and the Olympic National Forest on our left. We watched the sunrise, the fog rise, and then we pulled into Port Angeles, sleepy-eyed and excited.
The Coho Ferry was great! It was cold and windy, but we hung out on the front deck anyway and enjoyed the sun. We stared at the coastline receding, and then the Inner Harbor of Victoria approaching.
We found out later that Isaac and Levi had been on the exact same ferry, but on the other side! We didn’t even see them. We did see, however, two or three porpoises frolicking in the water. It was so beautiful on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It was a tremendous way to start my 26th year, and an incredible voyage with my soon-to-be wife.