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Oct 6, 2019 - Port Townsend

Along our drive today, we saw the beautiful Lake Crescent, which is a glacially carved lake. It is cold and very clear, located in the Olympic National Park along WA Route 101. The area is almost bucolic in its natural beauty. Two pictures that are attached hopefully give some credence to what I described. Notwithstanding the natural wonder of this area, we were witness to a near catastrophic car accident. As we stood mesmerized by what we saw, a small SUV suddenly careened off its lane, destroyed a road sign, partially went airborne, and...

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Feb 25, 2019 - Great 101 drive to Port Townsend

2-25 Beautiful, sunny day up Hwy. 101 along the coast...again, very lucky with weather and lots of sights. Very informative park stop at Cape Disappointment...photos. Thanks much Burdens for a very filling Asia dinner out...the hors d'oeuvres were almost enough without the addition of actual dinner food, ha! 2-26 Morning sunrise with tons of snow on the nearby mountains...spending most of the day catching up and doing online stuff. Bon finishes her book, "Fall of the Giants" and I eliminate 2000 photos from my phone, ha! Still have 9500...

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Apr 27, 2018 - Bags are packed; I'm ready to go

Well, the bags are packed. Plus one box has already been mailed home, because I bought a couple of things that would not fit into the luggage I brought with me (is anyone surprised by that?). One of the things I bought is a rolling carry-on. I may be the last in the flying population to finally own one of those. I like it a lot but don't believe I will ever love it as I do my leather duffel that has now been many, many thousands of miles with me. Still, it will be handy especially when I am flying with my laptop so I finally caved in. I...

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Apr 26, 2018 - Different Strokes

This was pretty much a take-it-easy day. I am working to be sure I can get everything back into my carry-on luggage and we started the laundry tonight with a goal of finishing all the cleaning by noon tomorrow. If we accomplish that we’ll breathe a sigh of relief and set out for one more hike. We did walk today but not exactly what I consider a hike. We were on a flat, shared trail with cyclists and runners so had to be careful not to be run over. Also we were walking near a papermill which isn’t really my preference. Still it was an...

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Apr 25, 2018 - Ports and Forts

I think it is Wednesday, and we are back in Port Townsend. The days have been so fun and relaxing, yet full and spontaneous that I keep having to count on my fingers the days we have traveled to figure out where we are on our itinerary. But yes, it is Wednesday which means we sure enough did return to Port Townsend today. While each harbor town is unique, we have found that most of the ports are very near a state park that is on land once occupied by a fort. Many of the fort’s old concrete structures are available for exploration or other...

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Apr 21, 2018 - Oops, no majestic mountain photo ops today...

I apologize. I could have (possibly) gotten some gorgeous pictures for you on the way to Corvallis but I didn't want to make a lot of stops on the way to the game, just in case there were travel delays. The forecast was for more sunshine today than yesterday, so I hoped to get some on the way home. At the bottom of the Olympic range today was sunny and beautiful. Not so at the top. The mountains pushed any moist air right up to the dew point so there were beautiful billowing clouds hiding the snow-capped peaks from view. You can see the...

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Apr 18, 2018 - More hike, more dessert

This morning we hiked at Fort Worden State Park. The Fort was established aroubd 1905, to protect this part of the US boundary as well as a nearby naval base. Many of the buildings have been beautifully maintained or restored, but we primarily walked in the forest which is on a bluff high above the sea. It was a beautiful day and a wonderful spot to hike. We wound u pl hiking longer than expected so felt we should have some ice cream to keep from wasting away. (Mine was crimson and cream in celebration of the fact I got tickets for the...

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Apr 17, 2018 - Dungeness-less

I woke at 5:30 this morning which means I believe I have finally caught up on my sleep. That gave me some time to journal before starting the day, which I think was the secret to getting started at all. Then rather than linger in the house, Fran and I decided to leave straightaway for coffee and breakfast in nearby Sequim. My lifelong friend Connie Whaley and her new love Ron Hinz visited this area two summers ago and enjoyed a coffee shop called Adagio Bean and Leaf. On their recommendation I stopped there when headed home from Olympic...

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Apr 16, 2018 - Beachcombing Day

Greetings, Faithful Readers! I wasn’t certain whether I would make time to journal on this trip but since I will be starting a new adventure here I want to make the time. I’ve missed a few days but will start with yesterday and go back to fill in as time allows. Fran and I had a beautiful beach walk yesterday. It was typical Pacific Northwest coastal weather, meaning 41 degrees with drizzle. Fortunately Fran is used that that and I became accustomed to hiking in drizzle on my Alaska trip, so the weather did not hold us back. I’ve found...

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Apr 14, 2018 - Long and Winding Road

OK! It has only taken me a week to get around to writing this page, which is meant to explain why this trip will take me not only to Port Townsend, WA but also to Boise, and ultimately to points beyond. Let's start with Port Townsend. A little over a year ago, my wonderful friend Fran Moore and I decided we needed some time together. It couldn't be last summer because I had already committed to return to Crater Lake. I didn't want to plan travel later in the fall because the Crater Lake trip would be long and besides, I already had several...

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Aug 9, 2017 - Port Townsend - Second Look

Dear Port Townsend, After nearly five weeks of exploring you, it is time to move on. We met you five years ago and knew we would see you again. Your music festivals, particularly those organized by Centrum, are still top notch. And you can’t beat the views of the strait from Fort Worden State Park where the festivals are held. You kept your promise of having outstanding weather for our entire stay. We will overlook the handful of foggy days. We also enjoyed more music at your Concert on the Dock series and at the FinnRiver Farms. You even...

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Jul 31, 2017 - Blogging A-to-Z Challenge

What should I write about for my blog? Unlike some bloggers who post on a schedule and have a bag full of ideas for topics, I don’t have any idea of what my next topic or when I will write it. Sometimes I am just not motivated and other times I am just too busy. This time, I am a little of both. So, now I will cheat and post about how our RVing friend, known as Cool Judy, got inspired to post nearly every day for the month of April. Her motivation was a special blogger event called Blogging from A to Z April 2017 Challenge Starting in...

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