A new year and a big tickling urge to go somewhere. Some friends had mentioned going to the Port Townsend Elks to dance and taking their coach to spend the night. It sounded like a great new adventure especially when there was going to be a west coast swing lesson involved. Off we went. One day early so we could spend a whole day taking in the sights and shopping at historic Port Townsend.
After we got settled in and did a little foray to Eden Saw, a must stop for any woodworker, Henery’s Hardware, a modern hardware with that old-fashioned feel that has almost everything, and a thrift store or two we went for the fish and chips dinner (very good) at the Elks Lodge. We enjoyed the next day of shopping and walking the town and had dinner in Bertha before going dancing. A pretty good time.
The next morning we were off to Ft Flagler and Marrowstone Island.
The views from the back window were amazing!
We spent the first 2 nights just across the water.
Doesn’t get any better than this!
The next day we took the Ferry over and spent the day exploring / shopping the Island.
This is where we ate lunch in the middle of our sight-seeing. It was a great day and another great trip (well maybe a smidgen too short).
We plan to be out and about for the month of May and have big plans for next winter, but in the mean time it is work, work, work on the new homestead.
It was our 41st Anniversary so we decided it was time to get away for a few days, revisit some old haunts, reconnoiter a few places we had never explored, walk on some sand, pick a few mushrooms, but mainly just relax. The weather was neither all bad or all good it was September/October on the Washington coast.
The drive down to Long Beach was pleasant along well-known scenery and well-traveled roads. We got great cinnamon rolls at the Long Beach Bakery walked the beaches, took a drive through Cape Disappointment State Park where we camp hosted a number of years ago, did a little shopping in Oregon, and just relaxed.
We took some walks on the beach. (E takes more beach walks than G does) These pelicans and seagulls acted like they owned the place, imagine that.
We did some shopping at Ocean Shores and Astoria on the really wet and rainy days. (The Astoria Sunday Market is definitely worth seeing for great produce, baked goods, and crafts.) But we also found time for mushroom hunting which was fun but not productive. I have not been able to ID these guys but they are certainly different.
And found many Slippery Jacks, which are supposed to be good,but with all the very wet weather, I could not bring myself to trying the slimy things, yuck!
It was wet, cold, and windy but I got my sweetie and she is smiling because she is on the beach. Life is good.
Moved to our next stop, Grayland Beach State Park, just a few miles north of Long Beach but 70 or 80 miles drive because of the bay in between. We made a number of trips to Westport, WA, just north of the park.
Mr. Snail thinks this is his beach
In addition to the snail we found sand dollars. We also saw many mushrooms but they were not in good condition for eating.
From Grayland we again headed north through Aberdeen and Hoquim to Copalis.
One of the worlds great gourmet treats. I found a few pounds of these marvelous King Boletus in perfect condition, so of course had to collect, cook some, and dry the rest. Will enjoy these guys for a while.
The very poisonous Amanitas were in abundance. Fun to look at but don’t mess with them! We enjoyed a few days here walking the beaches and shopping in Ocean Shores.
From Copalis north to our last stop a little way south of Forks.
And a day hiking the Hoh Valley
It was a crisply chilly but bright and beautiful day at the Hoh Rainforest.
On our last day we went to Rialto Beach west of Forks, WA for one more dose of sunshine and surf.
I have been remiss, I did not realize that I never published this post from September / October 2016 and it is already mid February 2017!
Busy keeping the shiny side up, your Random Rover,