stillhowlyn's travels 2010 travel blog

Munitions ship slides by in early morning fog to Naval weapons base.

Cruise ships head for AK!

Howard waves!

Marina right behind us!

Downtown!

Along my uptown walking tour of Victorians!

Ferry to Whidbey Island passes many times a day!

The 1922 Schooner, Merrie Ellen!

Races most afternoons!

Looking out toward Fort Worden!

Try our hand at Coq au vin!

New Wooden Boat Museum on left, looking downtown!

Mt. Baker comes out to play!

A rare appearance by Mt. Rainier!

Getting sails aloft on the Schooner, Merrie Ellen!

Underway!

View from the water!

Howard takes the helm!

Cruise ship crosses our bow!


I have been so caught up in Port Townsend that all ambitions of writing about it have been replaced by living it. Our stay here at the Point Hudson Marina and RV Park, specifically site #361, started on July 18th and has now been extended through August 6th. We've always known about the RV parking from many summers' migration to this beautiful part of the Northwest, but we usually stay a few miles away at the Escapee's Park, Coho Evergreen.

Last year, when wandering around the marina, we checked out prices and were pleasantly surprised to find there were 2 spaces that are about half what the others are, or $20 per night. That is because they have no hookups for water, sewer and electric; none of which we need. But #361, ours, is right on the intersection of 3 major waterways with a constant parade of marine activity, and on a clear day the snow-capped Cascade Mountains, with the prominent peaks of Mt. Baker and Rainier, outlined against the blue sky.

Port Townsend is touted as Washington's Victorian Seaport and Art Community. Both downtown and uptown are within easy walking distances; well maybe uptown is a bit of a climb but we need the exercise. The late 1800's Victorian architecture houses many of the downtown shops and businesses as well as uptown B & B's and private residences. One of the best small Farmers' Market occurs Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings, and the fresh picked raspberries and blueberries with slices of Pan d'Amore whole grain sourdough bread provide great breakfast fare.

Getting to Port Townsend was easy and uneventful. We left Petaluma on July 10 and drove up I-5 to Medford, OR and overnighted in a half price Passport America campground. We had planned to take the coast route 101 but it was too cold! From Medford we had a short drive to Eugene where we parked at the affordable, albeit "no frills", Elk's Lodge for a couple of days. This gave us a day to walk along the Willamette River trail and see the first movie of the popular trilogy, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, at the Bijou Art Theater in town. The following day was spent at Kaiser Brake and Alignment to have our 10 year old brakes checked out; cleaned, de-rusted, and a leaky seal replaced.

From Eugene we had a full but pleasant day's drive, shirting the Hood Canal on the Olympic Peninsula, to Chimacum and the Escapee's Park, where we stayed for 4 nights before coming here. The SKP park is very nice and the folks are so friendly and there is a lot to see and do around the area. One day we drove into Port Angeles, a big seaport and ferry staging town for traffic to and from Victoria, Vancouver Island and the Strait of Juan de Fuca and on into Seattle. On our way back we stopped and enjoyed the lavender festival being held in Sequim. On past visits we have driven to Poulsbo, famous for its Norwegian heritage, and Bainbridge Island, a destination in itself, but also a great place to hop a ferry into downtown Seattle, from our neck of the woods.

The weather has been fantastic for the most part with a few foggy mornings, usually warming up to 75-80. We sit out late reading and watching the boat traffic, barbecuing or walking into town for a movie, as it doesn't get dark until almost 10 pm.

We met John, the owner of the 100 ft. 1922 Schooner, Merrie Ellen, and went sailing with him and his crew Saturday afternoon from 4:30 to 7:30, with a great dinner of barbecued hamburgers provided on deck. Howard gladly took the helm for much of our sail while I snapped shots of the amazing scenery and marveled at the manpower involved in the raising and lowering of 4 huge sails. It took at least 4 minutes to tack or turn the boat and one must be ever vigilant for ship traffic, crab pots and tide lines...oh and that red buoy marking the shallows!

Stayed tuned as we might be here for awhile!



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