Enjoying Western Washington

Upon our arrival back to the lower 48 we checked email to hear from my Aunt Harriet about the forest fires in Washington.  Nice to have people spoonfeeding us important news since we are generally clueless about most local or national news:)   We decided to stick to West side of Washington and Oregon to avoid the fires.  Glenn doesn’t have a very long list of places to go, but the Boeing plant near Seattle was on the list. The plant tour is wonderful – you go to three separate areas of a 98 acre plant (that is 98 acres under roof) to see ongoing production of 737s, 777s, and 787s.

deception pass bridgeAfter being in mostly less congested, remote areas for the past five months, we were NOT enjoying the traffic around the greater Seattle area, so after the Boeing tour we drove onto Whidbey Island.  Along the way we picked fresh blueberries.  Now our small freezer is full of berries and salmon!

Bountiful blueberries

Bountiful blueberries

Driving onto the island you see Deception Pass and travel over it’s beautiful span bridge.  We stopped for lunch in a city waterfront park in Oak Harbor which has a nice bike trail along the water.

Bike Trail along water with blackberry bushes

Bike Trail along water with blackberry bushes- we were like kids with our fingers and faces all stained:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We biked along the trail over to the marina where we had an opportunity to help a guy whose boat had engine trouble so he needed a ride to an autoparts store.  Since he was desperate, he took us up on our offer to borrow one of our bikes.

We are not used to seeing weed stores

We are not used to seeing weed stores

We hung out at the marina and saw people cleaning Dungeness crabs and a rowing team practicing.  After we biked back to the camper, there was a community band concert in the park so we stayed for an open air concert.

Headed out to Port Townsend on ferry

Headed out to Port Townsend on ferry

The next morning we boarded the ferry at Coupeville to go to Port Townsend.  It is a short 35 minute ride and the best part is you can get out of your vehicles and walk around the ship.

Port Townsend

Port Townsend

Port Townsend is a beautiful town built in the late 1800’s and has kept the majority of the original buildings in great condition.  We spent several hours walking around the small town.

Handmade wooden trailer seen in PT

Handmade wooden trailer seen in PT

We found a ranger station for the Olympic National Forest and asked about dispersed camping near a lake.  With several years of drought conditions even the rainforest areas in the forest have been negatively impacted.  We located a small lake almost at the top of a tall summit and found a small spot to tuck back in that was next to a waterfall.

waterfall next to site in Olympic Natl Forest

waterfall next to site in Olympic Natl Forest

It rained for the three days we were there and we did notice some wind.  On our way out of the forest there were eight blown down trees across the road.  We had to get out several times and pull limbs out of the road so we could pass.  We didn’t think it had been that windy but there was lots of trees down in the national forest and national park nearby.  Note to ourselves — get a hand held weather radio and use it.

Love the creeping moss

Love the creeping moss

 

 

 

Tree across road

Tree across road

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