Hometown Views

Port Wilson Lighthouse, Fort Worden State Park

I consider myself very fortunate to be able to live in a small town in a truly spectacular setting. These are more photos from my recent ferry ride across to Coupeville and back. These images show the return to Port Townsend.

Port Townsend Waterfront

The image above shows the Olympic Mountains in the distance and most of the Port Townsend waterfront. The image below shows the Port Townsend ferry dock with the Kennewick ferry sitting in the auxiliary dock. The Kennewick is used for service while other boats are in maintenance and (except for Covid times) during heavy volume weekends (holidays, etc.).

Port Townsend Ferry Dock

Views from the Ferry

Leaving Coupeville Dock

The ferry ride from Coupeville to Port Townsend provides some fairly dramatic scenery, from the more mudane (the ferry dock and environs) to the more spectacular view of the Northeast corner of the Olympic Mountains. The left over remnants of the morning fog reduced the clarity of the view, but added the ability to distinguish the various ridgelines.

View from the Ferry

The Elwha River: Free at Last

Where Lake Mills used to be

The removal of the Elwha Dams drained Lake Mills. One of the concerns was with the huge amount of sediment that had been trapped behind the dams and the impact that would have on the ecology downstream. A lot of careful planning has resulted in a rapid recovery … salmon and steelhead trout have already returned to the river. Not in the huge numbers that once were present … but quicker than many thought likely.

From the photos below (less than a mile below the upper dam), you can see that the river is now running clean and clear.

Downriver from the bridge on the Olympic Hot Springs Road.
Upriver from the bridge on the Olympic Hot Springs Road.

Olympic Hot Springs Road Bike Trip

Elwha River Bridge on Olympic Hot Springs Rd.

My friend Gary and I rode our bikes up the Olympic Hot Springs Road (also known as the Elwha River Road) … these days this entails a .7 mile bypass trail around a washed out section of the road. After the bypass, there is about 6 miles of road to get to the trailhead … the hot springs are another 2.2 miles of hiking … which we didn’t hike that day.

I have hiked through this area numbers of times over the last 40 years … but this was the first visit up the road since the washout happened several years ago. It brought back memories. The additional distance has had a dramatic impact on the number of people using the area.

The next post will concentrate on the river.

Pushing the bike along the bypass trail
Happy Biker
After the Ride

Sitting at the Beach

Sitting at the Beach

I saw this couple sitting enjoying the beach breeze and view while I was trying to shoot up the last of a roll that had sat in my Hasselblad way too long. I hadn’t realized that my film shooting was another casualty of the virus.

Anyway, I thought that these two looked like they had an established routine and may have done this once or twice before. Seemed like a good way to spend an hour or so in the afternoon.

That is the Central Cascades on the other side of Puget Sound above Whidbey Island, taken from Point Hudson in Port Townsend.

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