I made it back to the island! After a miserable drive down to Portland along I5, I decided to take the scenic route back north by going up Highway 101 on the Olympic Peninsula instead. It ended up being an all-day adventure due to delayed ferries, but it was far more enjoyable than the traffic and ice-induced delays of my drive down.
At times the highway was still flanked by a foot or more of snow, which made for a beautiful drive while the road winds between the foothills of the Olympic Mountains and Hood Canal. I saw nine bald eagles on the drive, plus several groups of great blue herons and some goldeneyes. I stopped at one pullout to snap a picture of the bald eagles perched on the pilings, and the other photos are from the ferry landing in Port Townsend, looking over the town and the snow-covered hills in the background.