The final two weeks on the Olympic Peninsula were spent at Evergreen Coho SKP Resort in Port Townsend. This is a historic little town known for its many 19th century Victorian buildings.
One thing Washington State has in abundance is State Parks. Therefore, we opted to buy the Discover Pass for $30.00 a year as state park daily fee is $10.00.
Fort Worden State Park was a military base to protect the Puget Sound. There are many historic structures along the two miles of shoreline. Some of the movie scenes from An Officer and a Gentleman were filmed at Fort Worden and areas in Port Townsend. The Point Wilson Lighthouse was built before Fort Worden and continues to aid marine traffic today.
Fort Flagler Historical State Park also steps back into military history on the northern tip of Marrowstone Island. It was manned during World War I, World War II and the Korean War to guard the entrance to Puget Sound. Gun emplacements and batteries can still be seen on the property.
North Beach Park is a great if you like to beach comb for sea glass, pebbles and driftwood!
On our travels one day we came across the cute little seaside town of Port Gamble. It had an old-fashioned general store with a great collection of sea life upstairs.
Next stop was Point No Point Lighthouse in Hansville. The lighthouse was built in 1879 and is considered to be the oldest lighthouse on Puget Sound. One of the most exciting happenings was when someone yelled “Whale” and sure enough not far off the beach was a pod of Orca Killer Whales. Unfortunately we did not have our good cameras so these pictures were with our cell phones! It was awesome to see them rolling in the water and blowing water out of their spouts!
We decided to spend a day in Seattle. We drove to Bainbridge to walk on the ferry for a thirty-minute ride. First stop was Pikes Place Market located overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront. The largest public market we have ever seen! It’s a place of business for small farmers, craft people and merchants. It’s also the site of the original, first ever Starbucks coffee. The flower stands are gorgeous, delicious looking seafood and food galore! Which led us to our lunch destination Pikes Place Chowder, the line was crazy but well worth the wait! Then a short walk to Westlake Center Mall to board the monorail to the Seattle Center, adjacent to the Space Needle. The monorail is the nations first full-scale commercial monorail system and opened in 1962 for the Century 21 Exposition World’s Fair. The Seattle Center has so much to see and we were interested in the iconic Space Needle, and Chihuly Garden & Glass, that features the work of artist Dale Chihuly. His glass work and art are simply amazing. Again, more time is needed to explore this fun city!
On our drive back from the ferry in Bainbridge our truck had what appeared to be an electrical issue. We were blessed to make it home that night and the next morning scheduled an appointment at Haselwood Chevrolet GMC dealer in Bremerton. Thankful for Blake who went above and beyond to make several repairs and replace the transmission control module.
Our final day we hiked a beautiful short trail to Port Ludlow Falls just west of the Hood Canal Floating Bridge. It is the longest floating bridge in the world. State Route 104 crosses Hood Canal of Puget Sound connecting the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas.
We enjoyed our month long adventure of the Olympic Peninsula. It was amazing in so many ways!