Saturday, August 8, 2015

Port Townsend

Rudy and I made it to Port Townsend around 2:00 PM on Thursday. The Point Hudson Marina and RV Park is at the east end of town. As I had heard from others, this RV park (my first, by the way) is a bit crusty and nothing to write home about. However, it is right on the beach and many of the spots have a very nice view. 

Not mine though, because I'm cheap. 

     My Saturday morning view.

I chose a site in the "back loop" for $30 a night. Other sites - with dang nice views range up to $52. I am trying to stay within my monthly camping budget so went with the lowest priced option. 

On the other hand, it park is totally redeemed by that old real estate maxim: Location, location, location!  You could not ask for a handier spot to explore downtown Port Townsend! While it is tough to find dog friendly spots for Rudy, we have spent the last couple of days wandering all over town.

      Port Townsend Fire Bell

On Friday afternoon we walked out to Fort Worden State Park. The 45 minute walk through the neighborhoods of Port Townsend was pleasant, if not all that exciting. Fort Moran is a former military installation not unlike Fort Stevens State Park in Oregon. You can still see and explore the old batteries of the fort. 

     One of the old batteries at Fort Worden

I walked out to the Point Wilson lighthouse at the northeastern most tip of the Olympic peninsula. The view was pretty spectacular with a navy vessel, cruise ship, ferries and more than a few sailboats passing by in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. You could see Whidbey Island, Vancouver Island and Mt. Rainier off in the distance. 

     Point Wilson Lighthouse

There were a slug of folks fishing for catch and release chinook salmon along the beach as well. They did not appear to be having any luck at all however.

      Fishing for chinook salmon at Fort Worden

Rudy and I walked back into downtown Port Townsend and visited the Pourhouse; a pretty decent taphouse that more than redeems it's relatively small beer selection with the crazy great view from their outdoor area. 

     View from The Pourhouse

There was a live band playing in the style of the Grateful Dead. And based on their ages and appearance, they fit the part. (i.e. Grateful they weren't dead yet.)

Today it's overcast and fairly cool but I'm headed indoors for Summer Cider Day so I should be just fine. 

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