In addition to the big secret trip in July, I'm currently making plans to go visit a friend of mine who is currently "wintering" on his boat in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, WA.
Getting from Sacramento to Seattle is easy; getting from Seattle to Friday Harbor is not so easy.
The easiest, most enjoyable, most convenient, and most expensive option is to take a Kenmore Air floatplane. That would cost more than the entire Southwest Airlines flight.
The next possibility is an airporter shuttle, which would take me from the airport to Friday Harbor by ferry. The only inconvenience with this conveyance is that to get back to Seattle airport I'd have to meet the shuttle in Friday Harbor at 5:45 am. Ugh.
There's a ferry from Seattle to Friday Harbor, but the time it runs each day won't jibe with any flights either coming or going.
I *could* rent a car and drive to a car ferry, which runs a couple times a day, but that's a bit ridiculous, too. I hate renting cars.
So it comes down to convenient/expensive or inconvenient/affordable. Suggestions?
Update, 5/30/12: I looked at just about every combination of shuttles, ferries, car rentals, and flights I could find. Shuttles and ferries were actually the hardest to arrange, and it would have taken all day long, with several waits of several hours, before the end of one leg of the trip would become the beginning of the next. I don't want to travel all darned day.
So I leave Sacramento at a reasonable hour and fly to Seattle. After 1:20 of wait time I'm picked up by the float plane's shuttle, by which conveyance I'm taken to the float plane. We land on Friday Harbor, where my friend's boat is docked.
Four days later I meet the float plane at the dock in the afternoon and fly back to Seattle. A bit of a wait at Sea-Tac this time, but I'll survive. I get home not too late at night.
I'm limited to 24 lb of luggage on the float plane!
I definitely went with convenient/expensive. I'm getting too old to tolerate inconvenient.