Some Nice Scenery

November 10, 2006 at 12:01am By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

My trip started out back at the folks’ place a few hours north of Sea-town. Instead of driving through the madness known as Interstate 5, I opted instead to take a ferry to beautiful Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula.

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Washington State Ferries cost only a few bucks for adults, and can save you a heck of a lot of drive time and anxiety. On a nice day, the scenery is pretty awesome too. Above is a snapshot of the landing as I was leaving for the Peninsula.

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If you ever have a chance to drive Pacific Coast Highway 101, and have some time to do so, I highly recommend it. I’ve never been to the Autobahn in Germany, but Highway 101 in Washington feels like what I think the Autobahn would be like. By the way, that was a truck pulling a boat ahead of me.

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Had I had more time, it may have been nice to have done some camping in the Olympic National Park. Unfortunately, I didn’t have that much time to spare, but I did stop long enough to take the above snapshot instead.

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Along the Hood Canal – above - there are all sorts of nice little towns along 101, and its amazingly quaint and undeveloped in comparison to the Seattle-Tacoma corridor. In fact, there are a number of extremely poor communities in the peninsula as well, a striking difference from some of the Seattle suburbs. I took this picture somewhere south of Brinnon, WA, if I remember correctly.

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Hood Canal is also famous for its shellfish, including the infamous geoducks (pronounced “gooey ducks”). Geoducks are HUGE clams indigenous to the Puget Sound. The above photo is not an original but one I found at the big red house blog (where they got it, I have no idea). I have never eaten a geoduck but I’ve seen them prepare one on the food channel before. I think they use parts of them for North American-style sushi/sashimi. When we were there, it just happened to be geoduck season as well.

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I also managed to stop in Olympia to meet an old buddy for a quick, belated bite of afternoon lunch/dinner, and took this picture of the state capitol plaza.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos of Portland at all, a city I hadn’t been to in many years. Portland is actually pretty cool, but the traffic scene there shocked me, and driving in downtown really weirded me out dodging the trains and skateboarders.

Alas, we finally made our way back to jolly old Seattle in the rain later in the week. The above is a photo of the bestest fish and chips in North America, available at an Ivar’s seafood bar. Yeah…take that Baltimore! 

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foxspit November 10, 2006 at 5:12pm

Mr. T.,

I love Ivar’s and it looks like you and I freqent some of the same places.  I was on the Port Townsend Ferry about this time last year.  Looks like the weather was beautiful.

Now I’m depressed that I can’t walk over to Ivar’s takeout window at Mukilteo.

Mr. T November 10, 2006 at 5:29pm

Ack! I pass through the Mukilteo landing everytime I go through to Whidbey, and Ivar’s is a must stop. Are you from the area?

foxspit November 10, 2006 at 8:56pm

Dad lives on Whidbey Island near Langley, so I try to visit now and then.  Haven’t been there in some time now.  Was going to go this fall but had a scheduling conflict.

What a coincidence!

Mr. T November 11, 2006 at 12:20am

That is a coincidence Foxspit. I got family in Oak Harbor. Actually, we were talking today about the possibility of having a Lincolnite crab boil at Mr. Wilson’s house this fall before the dungeness crab season ends. Wouldn’t that be a nice idea?

foxspit November 11, 2006 at 4:24pm

Mmmmmmmmm!  Dungeness crab.  Sounds wonderful.  And with the world’s seafood supply running out by 2048, might as well enjoy it while we can!

http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/11/02/seafood.crisis.ap/index.html

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