Early morning sailings to the San Juan Islands are such a treat (once I am fully awake) (and after plenty of coffee). We rise at a ridiculous early hour to make certain we catch one of the first ferry sailings from the mainland to the islands. A schedule like this ensures that we #1, do not get stuck in awful traffic and #2 we have the first full day all to ourselves. The night before I am busily preparing breakfast burritos for the boys to enjoy on the drive up where it’s only us on I-5 and not another single soul in sight — it’s rather bizarre to have the entire interstate to yourself, but I love it.
Once on board the ferry, we sleepily make our way up onto the main deck and seek out some comfortable seating where we can catch up on some zzz’s while being rocked to sleep by the gentle swaying of the ferry and the rhythmic hum of the powerful engines. The ferry sailing is around an hour and a half which gives us a good snooze window.