Retirement is great, but…

It’s been great. No 9-5, no schedules, no responsibilities, do what ever you want, when you want. You can even lose track of the day of the week.

Fort Casey State Park near the Coupeville ferry landing.

This week I decided to go to a boat show about 80 miles away in Anacortes, WA. Since the show runs Thursday thru Sunday, I thought I would go on the first day to beat any crowds. Late morning I made the final decision after checking the ferry schedule (ferry rides are a part of a lot of travel here) and seeing I could make the crossing if I left immediately. Fifty minutes later I was at the Port Townsend ferry ticket booth with time to spare.

One of the things I forgot about this ferry, Port Townsend/Coupeville, from our RV travels are reservations are highly recommended. I was reminded of that when the attendant asked if I had a reservation. Fortunately, there were not too many cars in the standby queue. I paid my money and pulled in line, fingers crossed. Worst case I would have to wait an hour while the ferry made the round trip back. I was one of the last cars on.

After a 30 minute crossing and another hour drive, I arrived in Anacortes. I had a general idea where the show was so headed in that direction. I was puzzled about the lack of signs pointing the way. I found the place and thought my plan to beat the crowds worked since there were no crowds. Then, I saw the empty vendor tents. Tents were still being setup. There was no place to buy a ticket. I pulled out my phone to google the boat show. Then it dawned on me. It was Wednesday, a full day early.

One of the things I should make a habit of is checking what day it is. At least it was a sunny day to do all the driving. On the way back, my luck with the ferry ran out. Before leaving Anacortes I tried to make a reservation for the ferry, however they were booked for the time slots. I had to go on standby again. I got there and yes, you got it, I did not make it on and had to wait an hour for the next ferry.

To top off this “wonderful” day, the wind had been blowing all day. The waves on the water were in the 5-6 foot range. Because I just missed the ferry, I was the first to get on the next one. Front row. Oh joy.

Front row on the Coupeville/Port Townsend ferry.
That’s not rain. It is spray from the waves.
Traffic ahead!

2 Comments on “Retirement is great, but…

  1. Regis my sister lives in Coupeville and is right up the hill and you can see the ferry. I have been there many times and watched the ships coming from Seattle on their way to Canada and Alaska as it is a main channel. My sister and her husband had to spend the night in Port Townsend one night as the weather got bad and the ferry wasn’t running. I was going to go out this year but it’s such a pain with the reservation thing going to wait till Fall.

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    • Funny you should mention canceled ferries! the next morning I tried to go again and they had to cancel 2 of the morning ferries due to strong tidal currents. I ended up going to the kingston/edmonds ferry and north on I-5.

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