Photo Ops Everywhere

 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 202021

Note: I was busy working on my new Tinder Street book most of the day yesterday and time got away from me. So here is a blog post from a while back about another of our favorite places.

We love the Pacific Northwest, and Washington state’s Olympic Penisula is one of the most scenic places 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.

Thought For The Day – It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare. – Mark Twain

Nick Russell

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  3 Responses to “Photo Ops Everywhere”

  1. Thanks for the reminder of what to do around Port Townsend. I was there a few years ago and will be visiting family there this summer. After road trip to Escapade in Rock Springs WY I will drive up through the Pacific Northwest visiting more family and friends all around Washington and Oregon.

  2. You are talking about my part of the country. I was born on Whidbey Island (Coupeville) and my aunt’s house was up on the hill at Keystone where the ferry from Port Townsend landed on Whidbey Island. My father (U.S.Army) was stationed at Port Townsend when I was 5 or 6 years old. Can remember several things about that time. In fact, my grandmother (father’s side) is buried there at Port Townsend. Oh, the memories, what few I have….

  3. My wife and I retired here from Redmond Washington, the serenity of this corner of the USA is what enticed us here, many times visiting as tourists, it has a charm, and a ” come stay” feeling you get, when you stay for a day or three!

    It is like an unseen force, that gets into your mind, and so, on the way back home, you find yourself saying “why are we not staying here?? we could have all the joys everyday, that we have for only fleeting periods? So, here we are, and here we will stay.

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