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Posted: 07/12/09 07:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DW and I made a trip to Fort Worden State Park for our anniversary. It was our first time here. It is located on the Olympic Peninsula in Port Townsend. It is my understanding it is one of the most popular state parks in Washington, and we now know why. There is so much to do there and to explore. We spent our first day getting settled in and took a walk to Port Townsend about 1.5 miles away. There is bus service, but we decided to make the trek on foot.

Our campsite (they have many sites with power, water and sewer - upper and lower campgrounds - we stayed at the lower one close to the water)[image]

View from back door
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Pic of DW on our way to Port Townsend
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We had dinner in town at Siren's on the waterfront (Water Street)
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When we got back we took a stroll on the beach with our dog, Stella
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Beach to campground
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The sunset
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The next day we hiked up to the upper battery area where the guns used to be that protected the Puget Sound
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DW showing the view of Strait of Juan De Fuca
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Light House:
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Shot of our campsite from the trail back down
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We saw several cruise ships go by
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That night, we had a big lightening and thunder storm, the clouds right before
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It was a great place and we wish we had more time. We are going back in mid-August for 4 days this time!


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Posted: 07/12/09 09:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice pics [emoticon]

Does Fort Warden have another loop somewhere that's back in the trees, or is all just flat open like that? We visited Fort Canby on Whidbey Island back in January, before deciding to stay at Fort Ebey instead because Fort Canby was just basically a gravel and grass parking lot with hookups right dab smack next to the Port Townsend ferry launch.


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I believe the upper campground is in more of the wooded area. I am not sure if they have hook ups. We like to be by the water, so I did not pay much attention to the upper loop.

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That is really cool campground and area to explore.
We have tent camped there on many occasions when I was growing up.

Then when I was in highschool, they held the 1986 State Cross Country Championship up there. State Cross Country Results.

We started out in the field in front of the main building and ran a 3.2 mile course up through the upper batteries. All the teams stayed in the old dorm buildings behind the main building. On the night we all got up there, a zillion teenaged kids ran amuck in the batteries in the dark. Scared the bejeezes out of each other for hours. [emoticon]

Note: I was in the 9th grade and placed 25th in the state in the A/B Boys group 9th-12th grade.

Oh, they also filmed "An Officer and a Gentleman" there.


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Sounds like a great time had by all. I plan on being down that way from September thru October I might stay there at the CG.
I dig the drift wood fort.


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mranger1911 wrote:

Sounds like a great time had by all. I plan on being down that way from September thru October I might stay there at the CG.
I dig the drift wood fort.


You won't be disappointed with Fort Worden!

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Tizi wrote:

I believe the upper campground is in more of the wooded area. I am not sure if they have hook ups. We like to be by the water, so I did not pay much attention to the upper loop.


Yes, there is an upper loop in the trees and there are hookups.
Sometimes the campgrounds at Fort Worden are fully booked so the alternative is the county fairgrounds a few miles away - with some hookups and a large boondock area by the old race track. We enjoy all of the above.


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Have spent a few evenings sitting outside or standing at the bar here. A great place to dine or have your beverage of choice and watch the boats go by. A really cool looking burl bar. All of Port Townsend is a fun little town to explore, just leave your credit cards in the camper, there are some pricy little shops that the ladies just love.

http://sirensbar.com/HOME.html

I am not affiliated with this bar at all, except for possibly helping them make there monthly rent a few times.......

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So nice to see your pics of Ft Worden. I camped there when I was a TT owner. Loved it!
Thanks for some visual memories.

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Posted: 07/13/09 07:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks Tizi - I really enjoy your photos - I am in striking distance of visiting these places, being in Portland.

Keep 'em coming!

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