The nice weather window is fading fast here in the Pacific Northwest so we decided to make the most of it by taking a road trip to explore more of Washington State. My only experience with being this far north was a day trip to see the Cowboys lose horribly to the Seahawks a few weeks back. Keith however, spent time in Bremerton while in the Navy, and remembers the scenery quite fondly.
We spent Thursday night just trucking it up to Olympia, which only took a few hours from Portland. Since we were traveling with Samantha and we decided against packing up the RV (it’s emptied now because we are using the majority of items in our apartment), our choices of hotels slimed down considerably. After spending a few nights in less than desirable hotels, we sure miss our RV and really can’t wait to hit the road in it again.
Friday morning due to the lumpiest mattress ever, we were up super early & decided to take advantage of as much daylight as possible. Olympia is the capital of Washington state and as we traveled cross country, we made a point of stopping & visiting the capitol buildings in Baton Rouge, Jackson and Sacramento. We’ve also seen a few others over the years.
It was a beautiful structure, and it had ample grounds surrounding it, but there didn’t seem to be as much to explore while we were walking compared to other capitols, although there was a tribute to the soliders fighting in THE world war (Sheldon, I mean Keith, knew this to mean the monument was put up before the second world war because it was widely thought there would never be another). No worries, we were both ready to head to the Olympic Peninsula.
It was a beautiful drive along Highway 101, hugging the shore for most of the drive. We made a pit stop up a scary 4 mile gravel road to take in the views from Mt. Walker. Worth the trip just to soak in the silence, although I am glad the road isn’t heavily trafficked!
It wasn’t tourist season up here, so there weren’t many cars at all and we made it up to Port Townsend rather quickly. Port Townsend is one of 3 Victorian port towns on the National Historic Register & I loved it’s quirky style. Musicians on the corners, boats on the water and a hazy glimpse of Mt Baker. We walked up & down the main street and grabbed a bit to eat at Dogs-a-foot. Great dogs, friendly owners, and thanks to the musician on the corner, great music as well. We chatted with him a bit and he was delighted to hear we ditched most of our possessions & traveled some, and that we plan on doing it again. He decided he would rather make $50 a day and be happy and boy do I get it.
After snacking in Port Townsend, we headed to the Olympic National Park area.
This park is huge, and with so many areas to it, you could easily spend a month or more visiting. We did the common trip up to Hurricane Ridge and took a short drive to the Lake Crescent but would have loved more time to explore the rainforest and the coastal areas as well. The vistas were breathtaking and we took advantage of many of the scenic stops, walking the trail to see another vantage point and just plain soaking in the beauty. All the nature wonder and fresh air was making us hungry, so we headed down to Port Angeles and had a few pints and some seafood near the ferry terminal. Keith had some fabulous Salmon & Chips, and my clam chowder bread bowl was not bad.
After dinner, it was time to head back towards Bremerton so we could catch an early ferry to Seattle!