Cruising to Alaska on Rhapsody of the Seas – August 21, 2009 – Back in Seattle

seattle area - 8-21-2009 5-57-13 PM.JPG  When we awoke on Friday morning the ship was docked in Seattle.  We had a leisurely breakfast because our time to disembark was 8:50.  As we ate, we could see people leaving the ship and heading for customs.  There was a quick, last visit to our room, a word of thanks to our stateroom attendant (we had prepaid our tips before departure), and a last visit to a couple of our favorite places on Rhapsody.  Our departure group was called a few minutes early and our walk through customs was mere formality in which we never even stopped walking.  Our luggage was waiting for us and we were soon at the Budget car rental desk.  I’d rented from a different office than the one that usually services pier 91, but the fellow at the desk called for me and within 20 minutes we were picked up and taken to the agency to pick up our car.
The rest of Friday was spent exploring north of Seattle, specifically Whidbey Island.  We took the ferry across to Clinton and then took our time driving and looking.  Highlights were lunch at Greenbank Farm, Fort Casey State Park with its lighthouse, and Deception Pass State Park.  Once we were off the island, we continued north a ways on Highway 11 and enjoyed the dramatic views along the way.

I had bid for and gotten a room at the downtown Sheridan for our final nights of vacation.  We arrived back in Seattle, found our hotel, and enjoyed a very good night’s sleep.

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