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23 August 2008 @ 04:08 pm
Lake Crescent, WA  
Question Type: Georgraphy

How I've researched it: I used google maps to measure the distance from Seattle to Lake Crescent and Forks to Lake Crescent, but I have no clue how long it actually takes to drive out there. I also looked at local lodging sites and looked at their "Attractions near Crescent Lake" and again, they just give distance, but not how long it will actually take.

My Query:
I have several.

• How long does it take to get from Seattle to SeaTac (the airport)?
• How long does it take to get from Seattle to Lake Crescent? (Lake Crescent is in the Olympia area and it's 108 miles.)
• How long does it take to get from Forks to Lake Crescent? (The distance between the two is almost 40 miles.)

Just to clarify, it would be all driving times.

Thanks in advance for any help you all can provide.
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
lurker2209lurker2209 on August 24th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
I think you mean that Lake Crescent is in the Olympic National Park area. Olympia is the capitol of Washington and is several hundred miles south. Unless you're thinking of something different and I've misunderstood.

1. Where in Seattle? From downtown it's about 20 minutes with no traffic. It could be an hour if you get the worst part of rush hour. From where I live in north Seattle, it's more like 30-40 minutes with no traffic and up to an hour and a half with really bad traffic.

2. Ok, this is tricky. The fastest way to get there is to drive north on I-5 from Seattle and then get on HWY 105 to Edmonds and take the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston (across the sound), and then take 105 from Kingston to where it meets Hwy 101 and follow that to Lake Crescent. It takes about 30-40 minutes to get from Seattle to Edmonds (again, assuming you leave from downtown) and the ferry ride is 30 minutes, and it's about 2 hours, 15 minutes from Kingston to Lake Crescent. But the total trip is probably going to take more than that because usually you have to wait for the ferry. In the summer, the lines of cars can be up to 2 hours long, although sometimes you only wait 20-30 minutes.

The ferry schedule is here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/schedules/current/index.cfm?route=ed-king&print=yes

3. I've never driven from Forks to Lake Crescent. Google maps says it's about an hour. Seems pretty reasonable to me.

Hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. And google maps always gives me estimated driving times when I look up directions. They're usually calculated based on minimum of traffic, but they're pretty accurate if it's not a trip where traffic is a factor.
lurker2209lurker2209 on August 24th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
For color: the ferries on this route are 440 feet long, carry up to 2000 people and up to 188 cars, were built in 1972 and have wi-fi internet that's free!

You can either stay in your car for the trip or get out, enjoy the view and pay for overpriced snacks.

O, and Grey's Anatomy has propogated a horrible lie. No one, and I mean no one, calls them ferry-boats. It's just ferries.
babebraham lincoln: twilight; edwardpaintedinflames on August 24th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
I'm not sure about the others but when I drove from my hometown to Bellingham, WA which is roughly the same distance from Forks to Lake Crescent it was about a half an hour. It really depends if you're on the freeway, how fast your driving and/or how much traffic is out. On a regular day I'd say about a half an hour to forty-five minutes.

Edited at 2008-08-24 01:11 am (UTC)
lurker2209lurker2209 on August 24th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
Well, there's not going to be a lot of traffic on Hwy 101 up there, but I do know the road up there is very twisty. The speed limit is 55, but you have to slow down for all the corners. Well, unless you're Edward. My rule of thumb is to halve driving times for Cullens!
babebraham lincolnpaintedinflames on August 24th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
My rule of thumb is to halve driving times for Cullens!

Yeah, aha, that's pretty much what I was thinking.
lurker2209lurker2209 on August 24th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, and FYI for whoever, all the driving times I put in my first post are for normal people. Although I don't think there's anything about being a vampire that can make the ferry come any faster!
jennlynnfs: Twilight: Bellajennlynnfs on August 24th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Well, since my story is AH, I'll be using the real times. :)

I don't know why the driving times didn't come up for me. Maybe b/c I didn't enter an actual address? Anyway, I had estimated the times and it was close to what you said. It's nice to be able to ask someone who actually leaves in the area to make sure. :)

Thank you so much for all the details. I really appreciate it.

Komikbookgeekkomikbookgeek on August 24th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
Get out and tow it on a rope?
jennlynnfs: Twilight: RP Hmmm?jennlynnfs on August 24th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
Komikbookgeekkomikbookgeek on August 24th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
I just couldn't not say it. :D
jennlynnfs: Twilight: RP Thoughtfuljennlynnfs on August 24th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
I was just thinking since vampires don't need to breathe under water, they could two the ferry no problem.
Komikbookgeekkomikbookgeek on August 24th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
Pretty much yep. And since they aren't made of flesh, they have to be heavier which would cut down on the bogging out effect you get in loose underwater soil.
DON'T TELL ME WHAT I CAN'T DObodyparts on August 31st, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
it seems like most of your questions have been answered (sry i'm a little late to the party), but i thought i would mention that when going to seatac, some seattlites like to take highway 99 to 509 to avoid traffic on the 5.