Photo Ops Everywhere

 Posted by at 4:21 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 262013

We love the Pacific Northwest, and this part of the country is one of the most scenic you’ll find anyplace. We spent yesterday playing tourist around Port Townsend and Miss Terry’s digital camera got a real workout. As she said, there’s a photo op everywhere you look!

We started out with a visit to Fort Worden State Park, which is perched on a point of land jutting out into Admiralty Inlet. Fort Worden was one of three Coast Artillery installations built in the late 1800s to protect the cities along Puget Sound from attack by enemy ships and was an active military base until 1953. It became a state park in 1973.

Fort Worden sign 2

Today visitors can tour the old fort, whose barracks and buildings have been preserved. If you get a sense of déjà vu, it may be because the 1982 movie An Officer and a Gentleman, starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger and Lou Gossett, was filmed here.


Park office

In addition to two museums on the old fort, the park also includes beaches, hiking trails, a kayak rental, and historic Point Wilson Light. Entering service in 1879, the original lighthouse was replaced with the current structure in 1914. The tallest lighthouse on Puget Sound, it was automated in 1976 and is no longer open to the public.

Point Wilson light tall 4

Even though it was a pretty day with lots of sunshine, for a while there was a strange, almost surreal fog bank obscuring the shore of Whidbey Island.

Fog on water

Fog and mountain

But that didn’t keep boaters off the water. Everywhere we looked there were sailboats and motorboats of all sizes, as well as a couple of ferries, and even folks in kayaks.

Boats and log

Sailboat and log

Sailboat and mountain 2

Sailboat and mountain


And then there were boats that have seen better days and will never float again.

Old boat 

This fellow wasn’t catching anything, but he was still having a good time. How could you not with that view?


Eventually we left Fort Worden and drove into town where a group called Locust Street Taxi was performing on Water Street. I think the ’60s were very good to this fellow in the red shirt, who never stopped dancing song after song. But he sure was having fun.

Hippy dancer

A couple of blocks away we came across this trio of street performers doing their thing.

Street performers

Between the town’s wonderful views across the water, beautiful old Victorian buildings, eclectic shops, live entertainment everywhere you look, festivals and friendly people, you would have to work very hard to have a bad time in Port Townsend.

Victorian hotel 2

Eventually we decided we couldn’t ignore our growling stomachs any longer and went to Golden Ocean for dinner. This nice little Chinese restaurant came highly recommended, and for good reason. The service was good and the food was delicious.

Back at the campground, I ran into Nick Vacca, who attended several of our western Gypsy Gathering rallies and we visited for a while. Nick has a lot here at Evergreen Coho and one at the Escapees co-op in Casa Grande, Arizona and divides his time between the two when he’s not off exploring somewhere in his RV.

As if playing tourist and doing all that great photography wasn’t enough for one day, in the evening Miss Terry made me a batch of her delicious peanut butter cookies. Is there anything in the world better than fresh hot cookies washed down with a big glass of ice cold milk? If there is, I’ve never found it.

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  6 Responses to “Photo Ops Everywhere”

  1. I so loved your pics….Miss Terry takes some beautiful pictures…I have an old school friend in Banks, just west of Portland…Hope to get out to see her….Your giving me a taste of the gorgeous scenery….

  2. Nick, for some reason I have never been able to post on Greg’s site. If they
    like smoked or fresh fish there is a place in St. Ignace that they may want to
    stop at. If they would get off of I-75 at U.S. 2 and go left for about a
    block there is a supermarket where he can park his rig (right by the road that
    goes to the state park). Then across the other side street is the fish market
    that we have stopped at many times. Perhaps you could forward this to him??
    Also, if they like pasties, he can go west on U.S. 2 to Suzy’s. It’s only
    about a mile or so.

  3. Nick, we will be in Elkhart for a couple of week while Michele does some painting for us; thanks for the connection on your blog. We have a 2005 Dutch Star and the motor for the enter steps has stopped working. Do you have a repair shop that you can recommend? Also the ice maker has quit working in our Norcold refrig, any suggestion?


  4. Glen, From our RV Good Guys guide:
    Elkhart: Master Tech RV Services, 28717 Holiday Place, (574) 522-6224 RV service and repair, paint, body work, A/C systems
    Elkhart: Charger Enterprises, 24245 County Road 6 (574) 262-2389 General RV service and repair.
    Elkhart: All Brand RV Service, 2717 Oakland Avenue. (574) 294-2363 or (800) 981-7604. General RV service and repair.

  5. Beautiful pictures and enjoy your blog, many thanks to the both of you.

  6. We stayed in this area for about five months in mid-late 2006, and were totally mesmerized. Stayed at a commercial campground in Sequim, and walked the downtown area almost daily for photo ops – there were plenty! Fort Worden is a nifty place.

    Fort Flagler has guest accommodations in the old officers’ quarters that are really nice, and exceedingly reasonably priced. Even now, a two-story, multi-bedroom, stand-alone unit is only $117. a night, and will accommodate about six people quite easily. There were just three of us, so each had a separate bedroom, plus gigantic living room, country kitchen (properly stocked), and a verandah! It was heaven!

    These are Washington State Parks, and can be accessed through their website.

    We had a great time, and I would do it again in a flash. Been trying all these years to make a return trip! Great fun!!!

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