I drove my van onto a ferry to Whidbey Island. The night before, I had reached out to some friends of a friend from Brooklyn who now live on the island. I had met this couple once in Brooklyn, but that’s it.
I received a response as I sat in my minivan on the ferry ride. It was a very generous offer to stay at their place on Whidbey Island. I did a little scouting of the camping at Fort Casey State Park, and thought, why not take them up on the offer to sleep in a bed? And then I did a little exploring of one of the most beautiful places I have been.