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USA Road Trip -on again to Seattle, almost

Updated on July 5, 2012
Sunset over the sound
Sunset over the sound | Source
Mallard, one of most common ducks on trip.
Mallard, one of most common ducks on trip. | Source
Canada in the distance
Canada in the distance | Source
"Big tick" - Pileated Woodpecker
"Big tick" - Pileated Woodpecker | Source


The sunset at Harrison Beach (with its large piles of colorful stones including some Agates) was again spectacular as were the views from Dungeress Wild-life Refuge and the campsite at Sequin where we camped Wednesday night after again managing a lot more miles on the clock than actual distance covered along the route, but as long as we are having fun who cares! We also managed to get in a visit to the WW11 Bunkers overlooking the Straight of San Juan de Fuca, after doing the Beach to Bunkers hike through another magnificent forest. Audrey was again the bird spotting star with some interesting ducks still to be identified and a Pileated Woodpecker.


Managed to download some 500 plus photos onto the computer and then dump them onto the external hard drive. The difficulty is to choose one for the screen saver. One of Audrey’s of the Hoh River in front of our campsite has the place of honor tonight!


On to See Attle ( Audrey’s Joke), but we only managed to get to Kitsap State Park just south of Port Gamble, not named after the many Casino’s that dot the landscape in every Indian Reservation, but after Colonel Gamble, an army friend of some folks who modeled it on their home town on the East Coast. A really quaint touristy town with beautiful maintained historical homes that are now shops, etc.


Great having seen/spoken to everyone at home after getting Skype running, that is except Ian who we had spoken to on the phone earlier. Now it is really on to Seattle with a 20 min drive to the ferry in the morning. The camp ground at Kitsap State Park was great with the sunset over the Puget Sound with Mount Washington as a backdrop was amazing, and the full moon rising through the cedar trees a bonus!


Finally it was on to Seattle, with a visit to the famous Pike Fish Market and some Seattle coffee on the agenda, but then life is full of surprises! Two wrong exits/turnings on the complicated highways 101/203/3/6 resulted in surprising visits to a Wal-Mart in Bremerton (Where they are also having a Blueberry Festival) and a walk in the wilderness trails at Belfair where the promise of great birding was sadly not realized. We did see three of the USA’s largest warships in the sound and a sign post to the Naval Underwater Museum as we passed by at 60 miles an hour on the wrong highway.


Tonight we are at least 95 minute away from Seattle to the south in another stunning campground at Penrose Point State Park after doing 65 miles on the clock. We are still trying to work out how we are now further away from Seattle than we started this morning! Anyway, a supper of a great vegetable and chuck stew, that, even if I say so myself was first class (recipes on request with $5 check), helped to settle the confusion and we will again try to see Attle tomorrow – even if it means backtracking on high way 302, or something, for 20 miles as a start. I think being in the Northern Hemisphere has confused my sense of direction, it must be something about the sun or Moon or Stars or perhaps being in Forks for a few nights!


The local newspaper headlined a story about a nearby State Park being closed because a Cougar had been sighted – we still have so see an Elk and a Bear but can now add a Cougar to our must see list, as well as “Attle”!


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    • Johan Smulders profile imageAUTHOR

      Johan Smulders 

      6 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Will do!

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Let me know when you come. I will meet you at the lake.

    • Johan Smulders profile imageAUTHOR

      Johan Smulders 

      6 years ago from East London, South Africa

      It was amusing and amazing and we are planning number two including a visit to Boomer Lake. We have friends in Stillwater, the Watsons, and will look them up.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      What an amusing journey. I have been to Seattle, but have only seen the fish market. Everything else that you saw had not been seen by me.

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