September 2, 2004

Port Townsend, WA

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We returned from Canada on Monday, but the parts for the RV still aren’t here yet, so we drove to Port Townsend to spend a couple of days. A neat little seaport built in the 1880’s. Most of the buildings were built at the same time with hopes that the railroad would come through (which it didn’t). The brick buildings have lots of details on the exterior and some still have the original tin ceilings on the inside. We walked the main street, drove through the Victorian neighborhoods, enjoyed the beaches, watched sea otters playing, and biked around Fort Worden.

Port Townsend

Port Townsend

Life Under the Pier

Life Under the Pier

Our RV was camped near the beach in Fort Worden State Park. What a view! The fort itself is probably one of the largest and most intact forts we’ve seen. The old officer’s quarters, etc are still in use as rental lodgings now, or offices. The batteries still have doors on working hinges and iron ladders that were strong enough to climb. There were dark tunnels that you could walk through to go from one side of a battery to another. All areas were accessible. It was very refreshing.

Battery at Fort Worden

Battery at Fort Worden

View from our Campsite

View from our Campsite

From the State Park we could see Mt. Rainier (to the southeast), Mt Baker (to the northeast), and Mt Olympus (to the southwest).

Here’s the lighthouse at Fort Worden:

Lighthouse at Fort Worden

Lighthouse at Fort Worden

And then I decided to ‘alter’ the picture of the Lighthouse somewhat. What do you think?

Lighthouse at Fort Worden

Lighthouse at Fort Worden

Port Townsend sits in the “rain shadow” of Mt Olympus, meaning it doesn’t get as much rain as other areas.  For example, Port Townsend gets 14-18″ per year, while Seattle gets 30″ and Hoh Rain Forest (in the National Park) gets 140″ of rain.  But, of course, it rained in Port Townsend while we were there.

We do enjoy these small towns.  There are just some special moments that make us smile.  Like at the Rosebud Cinema, they have a live person go on stage to welcome the viewers and highlight upcoming movies.  Human previews – we like that.  Or in places where the person who sold you the ticket, also sells you the popcorn, and then has to race upstairs to start the movie.

We should be heading into Olympic National Park today. The RV is back at the dealer for final touches now that the parts are in. We’re hoping that we will actually get to enjoy the NP – considering we are trying to watch Hurricane Frances as well. We are also hoping that we won’t have to cut our trip short and head home for repairs there. Our thoughts are with all of our family and friends scattered throughout Florida – from Ft Lauderdale/Boca to Melbourne to Orlando to Jacksonville.