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Old 08-28-2007, 12:32 PM   #15
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Hi Tanya,

I'll give it a shot! First, excellent choice on campgrounds - I love Deception Pass. Beautiful place, with lots to keep you busy.

If it were me, I think I'd drive down to the Clinton dock on Whidbey and hop on the ferry. Still allow plenty of wait time there, but it's a fun experience (and will be much less expensive than if you were to take your trailer on board!) Traffic through Everett can be a nightmare, regardless of day/time. I'd rather be on the boat.

Just my $.02 worth.
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:40 PM   #16
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They are also doing a lot of roadwork up there in Everett. At least when I was up there. I'd take the boat there and drive back later. Much rather sit on the boat than sit in traffic !
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:43 PM   #17
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Tough choice..

The Ferry ought to be fun, but I'd plan on using it on way over and go early, since schedules tend to slip, and missing ferry due to crowding would be disaster.. May need to drive home long way around, since I don't know how late that ferry keeps going at night...
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:48 PM   #18
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Tanya, here's the current ferry schedule (valid through September 29th).
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Old 08-28-2007, 05:30 PM   #19
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Er... if the Weddings on a Sunday, traffic will be bad on the ferry going towards Mul..... everyone's trying to go home from the islands. I say shoot for the earlier ferry, and either enjoy the surprise of getting across early, or know at least you'll get on the right ferry to begin with. Traffic is bad right at the junction of Mulkitio (sp) Speedway exit and I5 with all the repaving, but most of the construction is done in the evening. I was through there on Monday, and they have the paving done about 60-70%.

That said, I too would rather wait for the ferry... but I'd hate for you to miss the one you want... that's why I say shoot for the earlier one. Any chance you could walk on the ferry (or bike?) and have someone pick you up on the other side? No problem getting on that way!

Enjoy the sights of the NW! I'll be in lovely Cinn. OH for a wedding myself this weekend. Joy!
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Old 08-28-2007, 07:27 PM   #20
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Deception Pass and the wedding is on a Saturday at 3pm in Mukilteo. According to google maps (and ferry transit) it will take approx. an hour and a half to get to Mukilteo via the ferry, plus wait times and getting there early for boarding. The I5 route says an hour and fifteen minutes, without wait times at a ferry... but what about traffic...? Do I want to take the ferry for fun and time saving, or should I think about taking it there and not back, since we'll leave the wedding some time after 10pm (I think)?

I can only guess the pros and cons... someone sway me... please!!
Hi Tanya, You will need to take I-5 north through Everett construction to get to Deception Pass (can't say enough good about this place). Take you time and patience. The road is heavily grooved with a few good bumps and confused drivers. Please take the ferry to the wedding. Way less stress what a ride. If you are driving through
Everett on a week day try to make it before 2:00 PM. Hope this helps.
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You guys are sooooo awesome! Thank you so much for all the great advice! I think we will take the ferry early Saturday and get dressed for the wedding at the hotel the rest of the family will be at. Then on the way back we'll see how late it is, but may take the ferry again, just to see it at night.

Thanks again - the heads up on construction will be very useful. We'll be leaving Portland in the early AM and try to beat the 2PM traffic. (fingers crossed)
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:43 AM   #22
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Thumbs up Pleasant Lake RV Park

Just got back from a 2 day service call to this RV park. It is a beauty!!! Nicly laid out around the lake, ducks and swans in the lake and very quiet!!!! Nice folks there also.

It is just a mile south of exit 26 of I-405 and very easy to get to and is also in very close proximity to downtown.

BTW......avoid taking I-5 all the way into Seattle from the south. There is a major construction project underway and the delays are HOURS LONG .
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:39 AM   #23
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BTW......avoid taking I-5 all the way into Seattle from the south. There is a major construction project underway and the delays are HOURS LONG .
They completed the construction project on Friday the 24th, so it should be back to normal traffic headaches.
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Is I-5 it from Portland... I need to make it from Portland to Deception in one day (Friday)?


"Normal" traffic...uggg... I get bothered when it takes me an extra 10 minutes to get through town... that's traffic here...
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No problem, just take your time... if you can, try leaving Portland early to miss the rushhour traffic through Seattle (figure 3.5hrs to Seattle)... take the express lanes (on the far left from the carpool lanes on I-5) when you get to Downtown Seattle.

By the way, I tow in the carpool lanes... just don't drive in the fast lane. If that makes sense at all.
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Old 08-29-2007, 11:30 AM   #26
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It's making some sense... I think... there are 3 to choose from: express, carpool, or fast (& slow). Does the express leave the Interstate, making you feel confused and lost, but not as mad as when you realize you should have taken it but didn't. Ha-ha.. stay in express, maybe carpool if you have to, and leave early. Got it. Thanks a million!
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Lew, are you still up in this area? Pleasant Lake is only a few miles from our house.

Traffic is a nightmare anytime of the day, any day of the week. Listen to the traffic reports on AM radio. A stall or acident throws everything into chaos. The construction on I-5 through Seattle was completed ahead of schedule but the lanes are still all messed up through Tacoma which is bad enough without the additional headache. I-405 bypasses Seattle around the east side of Lake Washington but in general you're better off sticking to I-5 since the I-405/SR167 interchange is a bottleneck, Bellevue is generally a parking lot and depending on the time of day Kirkland all the way north of Bothel can be stop and go.

In Portland you should be able to find Northwest Cable News which will give you traffic reports and an idea of where all the choke points are from Portland all the way to Everett.

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Lew, are you still up in this area? Pleasant Lake is only a few miles from our house.

Traffic is a nightmare anytime of the day, any day of the week. Listen to the traffic reports on AM radio. A stall or acident throws everything into chaos. The construction on I-5 through Seattle was completed ahead of schedule but the lanes are still all messed up through Tacoma which is bad enough without the additional headache. I-405 bypasses Seattle around the east side of Lake Washington but in general you're better off sticking to I-5 since the I-405/SR167 interchange is a bottleneck, Bellevue is generally a parking lot and depending on the time of day Kirkland all the way north of Bothel can be stop and go.

In Portland you should be able to find Northwest Cable News which will give you traffic reports and an idea of where all the choke points are from Portland all the way to Everett.

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Hey Bernie,

I was there last week for a day and a half to work on one of those $1million+ rock star busses. I love driving 8 hours and getting paid for it!!! Back in Hood River now, enjoying the new mountain bike!
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