Sunday, August 9th
We headed out about 11:00 AM for Diamond Point RV Park in Sequim, WA. We arrived about 1:00 PM and found that even though our reservation for full hook-up and 50 AMPS had been confirmed, our site had no sewer hook-up and was limited to 30 AMPS. The 30 Amps is not a problem as we seldom run both A/Cs at the same time but the sewer would mean we would have to disconnect and dump midweek which is annoying, as no matter if you are moving the RV 30 yards or 300 miles, everything has to be put away and secured. We will deal with it as otherwise, the park is comfortable and our Coast to Coast rate is only $10 per night. Of course if we want cable TV and Wi-Fi that is more but with as little as we watch TV, the satellite is fine and we can use our hot spot if we need to for little stuff and head to Starbucks for the big stuff.
We took a short ride to check out the area and fixed some leftovers for dinner. We were pleasantly surprised as the evening drew near with the number of deer that strolled around the park, in addition to the cute black rabbits. We decided we would check out Hurricane Ridge on Monday as the views of the Olympic Mountain range from there is supposed to be spectacular.
Monday, August 10
We headed up to Hurricane Ridge, it was only a couple of hour drive and the views were spectacular. The pictures pretty much say it all. We spent the day walking around and taking pictures before heading back to the campground. We settled in for the evening and I began working on the blog updates. Tomorrow we plan to spend the afternoon at Starbucks so that we can get some of the blogs posted.
Tuesday, we ran a few errands and then headed to Starbucks where we spent the remainder of the afternoon. We were able to get several postings uploaded, as you will have read by now and then headed back to the RV. Our plan was to head over to Victoria on the ferry tomorrow, however the weather predictions are not great so we will save that for Thursday. We will have to come up with another plan for Wednesday.
Wednesday, there are a number of small towns and various sites to visit located west of Port Angeles so we headed in that direction. The first stop was a small town called Joyce. Their claim to fame is a small General Store that carries a large variety of very unusual items and a lot of 5 and dime things. It was fun just walking through the store and looking at the silly objects they were selling. As an example they were selling little bags of donut seeds, this was a little bag of cheerios. A snapping alligator head, small plastic flamingos (and no I did not buy any), old fashion jacks, dominoes and strange kitchen utensils that I had no idea why anyone would need them. However, it was interesting. The second claim to fame is they are the Blackberry capital, so there is a little cafe there called what else, The Blackberry Cafe, and their claim to fame is all things made with blackberries. So we stopped in and had a slice of blackberry pie and blackberry crisp, which both were very good.
Our next stop was going to be a couple of waterfalls, however after reading about and seeing the low water levels resulting from the low snow falls this past winter, we decided the fall probably wasn’t going to be very big this late in the summer so we chose to head back to Port Angeles.
We decided to take the underground tour of Port Angeles and it was quite interesting. There are many similarities with the Seattle underground, however on a smaller scale. But in addition to the underground, the tour also included several old buildings that were built in the early 1900’s and some of them the owners have kept a lot of the original hardware and other things making them very interesting as well. The tour did not end until 4:30, so after that we stopped by a little place that had been recommended to us to purchase some dungeness crabs. So we picked up our crabs, headed home and made a salad and enjoyed our dinner.
The deer had returned to the park so we took a couple of more pictures.
Thursday – Victoria, B.C.
We were up early (6:00 AM) to catch the 8:30 ferry from Port Angeles over to Victoria. The ferry ride over was nice, it was a foggy morning so we didn’t get the sunrise pictures I was hoping for but still pretty. Upon arrival and getting through customs, it was a beautiful day, clear and the temperature was in the mid-70’s.
The tickets for the ferry round trip were only $36 each, and I had purchased a hop-on, hop-off tour bus tickets on Groupon for $15 each and it was a full day of entertainment, good food at reasonable prices, lots of interesting things to see and do, a lot of it free. I’m afraid Disney could not come close to this in addition to the beautiful weather.
The first thing to greet me was a bee. I felt something on my neck and went to brush it off and was stung on the finger by the little sucker. It had been a long time since I had a bee sting and it hurt like a son-of-a-gun but I only cried a little bit.
We started with the tour bus, it is a 90 minute trip, so we did the complete tour first and than decided which stops we were interested in. It was lunch time so we decided before we stared our walking tour we should have some lunch. I wanted to try some Canadian classic poutine that Joan (my daughter-in-law) had told me about. After checking with the locals, the Eat Machine food truck was recommended. We walked down to the wharf area where the food trucks were located and placed our orders. OK, I am hooked but I will tell you, I am glad this is not readily available to me. It is a pile of french fries (theirs were home made and spicy) covered with cheese curds (they used a healthy serving) and than covered in a rich brown gravy, very flavorful. I ate the whole thing and it was really good.
I would have preferred a nap at this point but decided it would be better if we took off for a walk. We hopped off the tour bus in Chinatown and than continued our walk on through several other areas. There are a large number of beautiful old buildings, our bus tour did a very good job of providing a lot of the history of each of the buildings so now we were able to just enjoy the architecture and get some pictures. There are small parks and beautiful gardens everywhere. The most elaborate is the Victoria Conservatory of Music but we also really enjoyed the St. Andrews Cathedral with it’s beautiful stained glass windows. After walking a couple of hours, we decided it was time for refreshments so hopped back on the tour bus, went back to the downtown area and found a place with outside seating so we could have a glass (OK 2) of wine and enjoy the weather and watch the people. We than decided to walk through some of the shops which were crowded and full of touristy trinkets or clothing that neither of us needed. We walked around the wharf as by now it was full of street artists and checked out their goods, still, nothing we couldn’t live without.
While having lunch earlier, we shared a table with a local and she proceeded to tell us about how good the “beaver tails” are, which is what she was eating, and also she only gets it from the Eat Machine as theirs is the best. It is actually what we know as Elephant Ears or fried bread. However, just to be sure they really are the same thing, we decided that since we were right there on the wharf again, we may as well have one so we could do as the locals do. It was very good fried bread, like eating a big donut.
Afterwards, we were getting pretty tired at this point (who gets up at 6 am on purpose?), so we took our e-books, found a comfortable bench in a park close to the ferry terminal, horse carriage rides and sat down to read and watch the people. It wasn’t long before it was time to head to the ferry and back across to Port Angeles.
It is amazing to see these huge semi trucks (53 foot trailers), one was even a piggy back, drive on board this ferry. We couldn’t see the garage underneath and we couldn’t imagine how they maneuvered those big trucks and 40+ foot RVs around.
Anyway the trip back was uneventful, it was really cold outside on the water but the sunset was really pretty with the fog rolling in. I took lots of pictures but will only post a few. It was another good day.
Friday we had plans to go to Port Townsend and Bremerton, however it was raining when we got up and there were flood warnings for both locations so we decided it was a good day to hang around the RV and take care of a few housekeeping tasks. One of which was to defrost and clean the refrigerator since our food level was currently low, the timing was good.
Tomorrow we will head to Port Townsend and Bremerton. I’m also hoping to stop by one of the Lavender Farms and pick up a bunch of fresh lavender.
Saturday we got a late start and headed to Port Townsend. It was a really nice drive, very scenic. I still needed to update my PC with Windows 10 as well as a major update on my phone so we stopped at a Starbucks to use their wi-fi. Unfortunately, it was in a grocery store, Safeway, so the connection was very slow and after 2 hours we gave up and headed for the local public library. It was much better but it was still 2 more hours later before the update was completed. It was getting pretty late in the afternoon so we strolled around town a little, there was a little parade and farmers market going on but we had to head out in order to get to Bremerton by 5:00 PM. April and Troy, Steve’s nephew and his wife, had invited us for dinner. Troy is in the Coast Guard and is stationed in Bremerton so we looked forward to spending some time with the family. Kenny was visiting Troy and helping out while Troy recouped from some knee surgery, so we got to visit with him as well.
The dinner was great and it was very good company. The two kids, Olivia and Nathan, are about the best behaved kids I have been around in a long time, not to mention as cute as a button, both of them. We mentioned we were undecided about where we were going next as there were still several things on the Peninsula we had not yet seen. We really did not get a chance to see much of Port Townsend and there is a lot there to see. They were kind enough to offer us the use of their neighbor’s driveway (she is a good friend and out of town) for a few days. This is great as we just need a couple of more days to see what we want to see before heading a little further north.
Sunday morning we packed up and headed to Bremerton. We got all parked, hooked up to water and electric so we are set. Tomorrow we will head back to Port Townsend.