Olympic National Park, Hurricane Ridge

Hurricane Ridge mountain top view

Hurricane Ridge mountain top view

We enjoyed our day trip to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park.  We had originally planned to camp there, but after touring the campground we decided it was a bit too tight for our rig.

The day trip was beautiful.  The weather was warm and sunny and since it is the ending of the season, it was not terribly crowded.

We saw single deer and herds of deer, beautiful scenery and some mountains that appeared to be floating with the clouds.

It was another of those lovely afternoons of making memories.

Fort Worden, Olympia Peninsula

DSC_0103reduced_329We took a day trip to Wilson Point to see the lighthouse and Fort Worden whick is located on the Olympic Peninsula, not far from Port Townsend.

 Fort Worden Historical State Park is a 434-acre multi-use park with over two miles of saltwater shoreline and a wide variety of services and facilities. The park rests on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound. Many historic buildings remain at this 19th century military fort. Some are rented out as vacation rentals, although we thought that the rates were pricey.

Port Worden was part of the Triangle Defense System prior to WWI.  It had huge armory guns aimed toward the Puget Sound in such a way that with the other two Defense Forts, the Sound was protected from coastal intruders.   According to the historical information that I obtained, no guns ever saw action during any conflict from this site.  However, the guns were later removed and put into service in Europe during the conflict of WWI.

The lighthouse is also no longer used and was not open for tours, but its’ place on DSC_0093reduced_321the point is impressive as to how important it was to the ships coming and going in the harbor.

We walked the beach where some of it was rocky and other parts were sandy. We checked out the wharf and watched the sea gulls and sea lions lounge in the water nearby.  Small water crafts were cruising the shore and we saw a few sailing vessels.  Standing on the point with the sea on three sides and the wind making the waves froth with white caps was an exciting experience for this inland traveler.  It was an enjoyable morning filled with different sights, sounds and experiences.

We found ourselves hungry after the long walk on the beach and headed to Port Townsend for lunch.  Lucky us, we took a wrong turn and ended up at another pier with boats, RVs, more sea gulls and that wonderful salt water smell.

We found Doc’ Marina Grill and feasted on chowder, clams, salmon and cod.  IMG_20150824_134233937reduced_319Delicious does not adequately describe the tasty fare that we ate.  Nothing beats the fresh catch of the day!

Troll Haven

Troll HAaven Entrance

Troll Haven Entrance

Another day trip into the surrounding area of the Olympic Peninsula near Port Townsend, Washington brought us to the whimsical site of Troll Haven.   It is only about a mile off of highway 101 near the Puget Sound on a farm road.

At one time it was the summer home of a wealthy businessman who fashioned this residence complex after the Hobbit Tales to entertain himself and his friends.  He is long gone and it now is another private residential farm with part of it used as Luxury Accommodations and Special Occasion Events, such as weddings.

The fence posts leading to the property were carved with figures from an imaginary kingdom.

We enjoyed walking the public areas and took a few snapshots just for fun. It is a hoot The parking lot was open for parking and signs notified visitors what parts were open to the public and what parts were private and not to trespass.

It was interesting to see the strange figures, the mystical artwork and the colors that cover the buildings.  I still wonder what he was thinking when he built this place……..

Sequestered areas with a coastline  and many more statues of the fantasy are on the market for resale previously listed for $200 Million, now reduced to $13 Million.

We left Troll Haven and drove a few more miles west to Sequim (pronounced “Squim”), Washington.  On the way, we stopped at John Wayne’s Marina.  I have no idea why it is named that.  We walked the marina and admired the many sail boats docked there. Things were quiet today since it was midweek.

At Sequim, we had a lunch of fish and chips and I must say it was delicious. Fish cooked close to shore tastes so much better than weeks of being frozen and then sold to be cooked.   Sequim had a nice downtown with specialty shops.  We just don’t have room for anymore special items.

We picked up a few groceries and fuel and headed by home to the Chimacum SKP RV Park.  All in all, a nice day.