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July 19, 2018

You can make ferry reservations two months, two weeks, or two days
in advance. We forgot to do it in time and so had to get up at 4 a.m. to
catch the 6:25 to Friday Harbor where Sarah finagled a brief writing
 retreat at the Whiteley Center. I was cross-eyed with fatigue after a
rough week of hard work and insomnia but we made it with ease.
Loading the boat took longer than usual and once we were finally
parked on starboard car deck I couldn't believe the stench. I figured it
was just that low-tide stank but Sarah pointed out the pilings riddled
with cormorant nests and streaked with guano. They, too, were just
getting their day on. They seemed somewhat bumbling, sliding and
skidding as they touched down on surfaces slick with their own shit.
It was all so appetizing I went straight to the galley for two sausage
  and cheese sandwiches on french toast, heavy on ketchup & mayo.