Photo: Rusty Pier, Port Townsend, Washington.
One of my favorite places to visit in the Pacific Northwest is the little town of Port Townsend, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula. A true Victorian-era seaport, it’s just a short, enjoyable ferry ride across the straits from Seattle. For the past 33 years, the town has been host to the Wooden Boat Festival in September and I have been fortunate enough to attend two of those years. More than 300 beautifully crafted wooden vessels sail and motor into the Point Hudson Marina for the event which draws visitors from all over the world and is graced by some of the top wooden boat experts in the nation. There’s just something about strolling through that quaint little town, viewing all the refurbished vessels of yore, feeling the cool ocean air caress my skin and tasting that salty air on my lips that gets me dreaming. Dreaming of a life way out at sea with the waves lashing across the bow and the winds filling the sails to take me to distant shores…I think it’s past time to pay Port Townsend another visit.
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