For the majority of our stay here, we camped at Olympic National Park, but there will be a separate blog post dedicated to the park :) We decided to camp near Port Angeles, not only for the National Park, but also for nearby Port Townsend and the many Forts surrounding the area.
Port Townsend is a little victorian seaport, east of Port Angeles, that has a history of attracting "hippies". The city had a cool vibe, and we enjoyed exploring the old buildings and learning more about the seaport. We arrived on a Saturday in the "uptown" and hung out at the local farmers market, listening to music and munching on fresh veggies (well Britt did) . The marina also hosts RV's and we were told it can be quite an camping experience during a storm.
Fort Wardon State Park was also located in Port Townsend, and was a great place to spend the day. This old military base has 434 acres of beach, historic buildings, camping, an old bunker, a lighthouse, and a small aquarium. It was fun climbing around exploring the old bunker and walking up into the lighthouse. We would love to camp here the next time we pass through.
The Dungeness Recreation Area was also close by and we were able to walk out on the spit. The dungeness spit is one of the longest spits in the world, and also has a lighthouse. We arrived too late in the day to complete the 5 mile hike to the lighthouse, but would have loved to checked that out. It had rained earlier in the day, and when we arrived, the fog was just beginning to clear, exposing beautiful tan bluffs carved from glaciers many years ago.
More than halfway through our stay in Port Angeles, Nick needed to plug in for work, so we headed towards a campground right on the shores of the Straight of Juan De Fuca. This was the most expensive campground we have stayed at yet, totaling $53 a day, including pet charges. Because it was nearing the weekend, it was hard to find an opening elsewhere, so we sucked it up and enjoyed the ocean view. Driving from Olympic National Park to our new site, the Tundra's brakes were making some interesting noises. Leaving Ohio in May, we had replaced the rotors, having worn through them on our journey last summer. It looks like we may have to replace them again, and we will have to figure out the right distribution rate to the truck and trailer brakes so it doesn't continue to happen. Upon arriving at our new campground, Nick then noticed a some metal showing through one of our trailer tires. Luckily we had a spare, but now we have to figure out whether it was just a faulty tire, or the axels need realigned. Our camping neighbor, Bob, was happy to lend a hand, and lend some extra leveling blocks to get the faulty tire in the air
Salt Creek Recreation Area was right across the way from our campground, offering more bunks to explore and tide pools to investigate. In the campground, we found a nice bluff to walk out on and watch the sun set. From the water, the curious seals bobbed up and down, watching us take in the views. Now to head west towards Forks, Washington!