I’ve been given so much great information on this forum – both by generous folks answering my questions and just by searching and reading previous posts. I’m so grateful for all this information, but I still find myself with a ton of questions I’m hoping you all can help me with!
Below is our tentative itinerary for next week along with my numerous questions:
Tuesday, August 13
We fly into Seattle today and are planning on seeing a few sights in the city.
Wednesday, August 14
I have to work in the morning, so the rest of the family will keep themselves busy in Seattle. We’re hoping to leave for PA around noon and plan to take the Bainbridge Island Ferry. I see a ferry leaves at 12:20 and 1:10, so I’m really hoping to be on one of those – preferably the 12:20.
**Any idea how early we need to get there to be assured a ticket? We’ll have our rental car, of course, and 4 passengers.
Thursday, August 15
Head to Hoh Rainforest bright and early. I’m figuring we’ll still be on eastern standard time, so we should be able to get an early start. I believe Hoh is about 2 hours from our rental home in PA.
**Can someone give me an estimate of how long it would take to hike to 5 Mile Island? We’re all healthy and capable hikers.
After Hoh, head to Second Beach. I see low tide is at 1:31 PM, so the plan will be to arrive by 12:45.
***How far is the drive to get to Second Beach?
I believe I read the drive back to PA from Second Beach is about an hour and 20 minutes . . . is this correct?
**Are there any picnic facilities at or near Second Beach? Possibly with grills?
Friday, August 16 or Saturday, August 17
Still deciding between Whale Watching cruise @ Victoria with Eagle Wings or Hurricane Ridge & Lake Crescent for these days – depends on weather and how tired the kids are
**It looks like we’ll have to plan on spending ALL day in Victoria when we do the whale watching cruise based on the ferry schedule. We will not be taking our car along, so any suggestions on getting around? Is it a pretty walkable city?
**Is it generally necessary to make reservations ahead of time for the ferry? We are staying “near the entrance to ONP” in PA. Thoughts on how far the ferry dock is from us?
**When we do Lake Crescent, what is swimming like (other than cold!)? We’re used to the cold, so I don’t think the temps will bother us too much. I checked and saw the water temp is about 67 right now.
Sunday, August 17
**Anything else we should consider adding in this day?
Monday, August 19
Head back towards Seattle to stay near the airport for early flight Tuesday AM
We plan to take our time driving back and will probably stop at Dungeness Spit.
**How long would you estimate the hike to take to get to the lighthouse? Are seal sightings a fairly sure thing? Low tide is at 8:29 AM. Will we have trouble walking to the lighthouse later in the morning? How long does it take to drive to Dungeness Spit from PA?
Last question for now – I mentioned previously that my son would love to see elk. If we’re not lucky enough to find them in the wild, are there any other options?
Thanks again so much for everyone’s help!