Port Townsend, Victorian seaport

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
Trip End Mar 15, 2007

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Up at about 7am and had a brief breakfast then hit the road for Port Townsend. On the way I passed through Sequim and the Jamestown S'Klallam Reservation. There was a wonderful cultural centre which told some of the oral history (of mythical sea spirit and battle with a huge crab, house poles), written history (lived for thousands of years on the Olympic peninsula before white settlement and treaty in 1855 which continued to allow them to harvest sealife, fish, game, roots and wild berries, etc). connections with other Coast Salish nations tribes and Native Art Gallery. There was also quite an interesting history of the Sequim Bay Estuary (estuaries are among the most productive systems on earth) and the meal cycle of a Northern Harrier for a year based on food supplies at Sequim Bay which I found very educational.

I spent the rest of the day at Port Townsend, which I really enjoyed. Took a number of brochures and maps with me. The entrance to Port Townsend suggests it was at the base of a silt cliff, which lead me to wonder what river created that area. Of course, it could have been uplifted from the floor of the ocean as sedimentary silt as well. More questions which will probably remain unanswered.

While I have been there before, I absolutely loved the environment and could probably stay for days and days. It is a Victorian seaport (one of only 3 in the US and on the National Historic Register) and Arts community which honours and maintains its reputation. It was only established in 1851 and a major seaport in the late 1880s. Most of the original architecture remained after the town was nearly abandoned. About 100 historic homes and buildings are on a self guided tour and a whole lot more, which are not listed on the tour are also well worth a viewing. I took the tour and as a result took 'way more photos than I planned.

As well it has become very "artsy" and is home to many artist's studious, unique galleries, educational programs in the performing arts including: jazz, blues, fiddle tunes, dance and writing. Port Townsend has a magnificent selection of excellent restaurants offering diverse cuisine. Within city limits is Point Hudson Marina and RV Park which looks like a fantastic place to call home for a few days. It is right at the end of the street in the city and looks like a small spit of land. In addition to the Marina, spit of land and RV park there are a number of wonderful restaurants not only in the city area but on the spit as well. I went to one called Otter Crossing and had a veggie with crème cheese sandwich which was perfectly filling. I enjoyed the feeling of the place so much I took a picture of it. As I headed out of town I noticed there was a piper playing on the pier. No idea why, he was just out there piping in the wind. As I left town I stopped and took pictures of what I think are little flowers (calendulas or coreopsis) growing in the grasslands on the side of the silt cliffs. A very satisfying afternoon.

I then carried on my drive over the Hood Canal Bridge and on to Bremerton where I stayed in the Super 8 which had wireless.
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