Port Townsend, Washington
We spent a few hours in Port Townsend on a rainy Saturday afternoon. There are old Victorian houses, most restored and beautifully maintained and the port has daily ferries to Victoria, British Columbia.
Looking out of the cafe window where we ate lunch.
Beautiful Old Downtown Buildings
Hanging flowers grace the sidewalks.
Down by the docks it feels like things have been the same for a long, long time.
Old Victorian Houses
On our way out of town we saw this deer wandering in a residential area. The garden behind him is protected by fencing.
After leaving Port Townsend we planned on taking the jeep up the narrow dirt road to Deer Park, which is one of the highest points in Olympic National Park. I read that because of the high altitude many wildflowers bloom later there and the vistas are incredible on a clear day. The fog grew very thick as we rode up the mountain.
Further up the mountain there was a sheer drop on the passenger’s side of the car. I’m rarely a white knuckled passenger but I was fighting to relax. I was trying to figure out of the trees on the cliff would stop the car if we drove off it. The fog was getting thicker with each bend of the road. Nearing the top Bruce decided to turn around. By that time I wanted to check out the wildflowers at the summit, but knew he was right. I got out of the car and stood by the cliff so he could tell where the drop was when turning around. Going downhill I noticed these delicate pink flowers on the side of the road. This time we were next to the hill cut into the mountain so he could stop while I got a picture.
Another pretty town is Sequim, which is famous for its lavender farms and lavender festival which is in July each year. This farm has a gift shop. I bought lavender hand lotion (which smells just like fresh lavender), lavender honey (they keep bees on the property), and lavender earl grey tea. I wanted to go to the festival but the RV parks were all booked for the event.
We walked around John Wayne Harbor. This whole town is pretty upscale and most of these boats are pleasure boats, not fishing boats as they are in most towns.
Even though we stayed in Port Angeles I didn’t take pictures there. It does have a large, old downtown and an international port. We ran out of time before walking the downtown, but I did get a picture of the restored courthouse still decked out in 4th of July decorations.
These are all lovely old towns full of lovely people. We enjoyed our time here!