September 30, 2015

Paradise Bay

“The Earth does not belong to man; Man belongs to the Earth. 
This we know. 
All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. 
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. 
Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. 
Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” 
Chief Seattle

We accepted the generous offer of our dear friend Pat to utilize her RV lot in the Paradise Bay development of Port Ludlow. And using her lot as our base turned out to be the perfect decision. First and foremost, her waterfront lot offered a front row view of the Hood Canal of Puget Sound. As we relaxed on her raised patio each afternoon, our unobstructed view of the waterfront and a few special rainbows proved to be priceless…it is so true…location, location, location.

And a short distance down the street was our own private beach along the rocky shoreline. The local part time bubble maker happened to be there to entertain all and any beachcombers during our stay.

Second, Port Ludlow is centrally located to many ports, i.e. Port Gamble, Port Townsend and Port Angeles. The town is situated near the Hood Canal Floating Bridge, which connects the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. Each day we waited for one of the Navy’s Triton Submarines to maneuver through the bridge and down the Hood Canal...but we only got all hot and sub cruised by us. We could have hopped on a ferry to Whidbey Island, Seattle or even Vancouver, but decided to stick to the "peninsula" during this stay as we were there over the Labor Day Weekend.  A huge thank you dear Pat for giving us the opportunity to visit some of the most scenic Washington ports and attractions of the Sound.  We'll be baaaaaack!!

On one afternoon we crossed the floating bridge over to the Kitsap Peninsula. We first visited the town of Suquamish and the Suquamish Tribal Cemetery to view the gravesite of Chief Seathl, aka Chief Seattle...for whom the city of Seattle was named after. Than we did a quick tour of the small community or Port Gamble on the northwestern shore of the peninsula. Our visit was brief but interesting, for there is a wide range of historical buildings lining the street for visitors to browse.

In Port Townsend we walked most of the shoreline embarcadero, practicing being "consumers." We did a lot of window shopping, visited a few cool shops and came across some unique items to be used in our rig. 

We bid farewell to this special place called Paradise Bay, the kind neighbors we met and the beautiful views. It was off to explore more of the Olympic Peninsula. We love you Pat!

At Waypoint 47.897902º-122.648622º
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