June 15-16 Wednesday-Thursday Port Angeles to Port Townsend
I departed Neah Bay at 0900 hours and motor-sailed the 55 nm to arrive at Port Angeles just prior to sunset. The Port is a long, open deep bay with easy access — making it an ideal stop for large commercial vessels. But the Port Angeleoat Haven marina is not on my list of scenic favorites. And I don’t like dodging deadheads and sinkers (waterlogged logs adrift from rafts or booms — often floating vertically with the intention to spear your hull) to get to the marina or anchorage.
If you like ginormous ships, cranes, pulp mills (and their odor) and logbooms, you’ll like this Newark, N.J. of the Juan de Fuca. Since I touched down near sunset and departed at 0800 I have no impression of the town.
I departed alongside a small armada of fishing boats. They have their favorite spots in mind for the day, and so do I.
Port Townsend luxuryMotoring along without wind my ETA at Port Townsend will be 1400 hours… in plenty of time to enjoy the restaurants, the boating scene and Victorian architecture of this town (that for a brief moment almost became the state capital).
What’s to love about P.T.? Just about everything.
High on my on list is
the visible environmental consciousness
the main street restored Victorian architecture
pocket restaurants of every persuasion
a hub for wooden boat building
ambiance and friendliness
Center for Wooden Boats
the retro movie theater The Rose
Howard III (son) and Connor (grandson) arrived and we had a celebratory dinner in the fashionable Silverwater Cafe , topped it off with an ice cream cone — always a symbol of a great day. Tomorrow’ arrival at Shilshole Bay Marina, Seattle, marks the final day of a year’s voyaging/vagabonding/adventuring.