Friday, August 9, 2013

A walking tour of Port Townsend...

To those who've known us for any length of time, Port Townsend has become our favorite August location.  We uncharacteristically make reservations and stay for two weeks here at the Point Hudson Marina & RV Park, returning for the last several years to this same site, one of only two with no hookups and budget-friendly. Many of the photos along our tour will be a repeat of past years, but in today's conditions. This lovely scene greeted us on arrival:

We are situated right at water's edge with the marina alongside, and downtown shops, restaurants, and ferry terminal a short walk away.  

Taken from shore-side

And looking toward the water

Located at the convergence of the Port Townsend Bay, Puget Sound, and the Strait of Juan De Fuca....

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Early morning walk at low tide with Whidbey Island blanketed in fog...

Low tide and driftwood teepees

White building on the tip is the lighthouse at Fort Warden

If you look really close Mount Baker appears above the fog

The marina is very active at this time of year with a constant steam of boat traffic...

Our site across marina towards downtown

At the marina looking Uptown

Always a colorful display

Downtown Port Townsend with its elegant old Victorian architecture, whimsical shops and great dining experiences.  The Rose Theatre is a jewel of a cinema with world class lineups:

Oh yes, Swiss Orange Chocolate Chip!

Walking along Water Street, past the ferry terminal, and on to Uptown, for a total of about 4.5 miles round-trip, makes for good exercise with lots of stops.

The beautiful old Jefferson County Courthouse

Victorian converted to B & B

Uptown, a whole different scene..

Looking down at the cars lining up to board the ferry for Whidbey Island

We just arrived Monday afternoon and are settling in.  This time will pass way too fast with lots more to see and do before departing on the 19th.

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