We are planning on driving up to Seattle from Bay Area in a few weeks. I am not used to planning so late. We will have about 8 days not including travel to and back home. Would like to see sister in Seattle, fit at least one San Juan island, do an orca whale watch, go to Vancouver and Gulf Islands. Could use some directions as to what is most efficient route and transportation. Would probably like to do the further locations like Vancouver earlier in the trip and leave Seattle for the end. Worried about trying to get on ferries with a car in the summer. Can we reserve in advance? Where is best whale watching. Will we even be able to find lodging in the islands?