Sequim and Port Angeles

 

 

img_0700Traveling from Seattle, on our way to Olympic National Park. We took our time, and stayed at one of our favorite Harvest Hosts yet! A lavender farm in Sequim, WA! Sequim is known for being a lavender capital, so there are more than a few lavender farms and stores here.  This farm was such a beautiful setting, the people who worked there were kind, and we met 2 other traveling couples there who were very nice as well! There were also bunnies, peacocks, chickens, and roosters at this location.

Not only did the lavender farm smell beautiful, but we also got to get some great products in the store there, picked our own bundle of lavender, and were able to get some lavender drinks, and ice cream from their coffee stand. In the morning, I sat on the back porch of the shop, with my morning cup of coffee, getting some work done. Birds would fly to the bird feeder in front of me in droves. It was such and idyllic picturesque location, that I honestly didn’t want to leave. The Pacific Northwest was really starting to grow on me!

We ventured into the nearby small town center of Sequim, and enjoyed walking around and seeing the shops, and coffee houses there. We noticed that there were pianos throughout the town, just like we had seen in Everett, WA as well. David always loves to play piano, so he takes a chance to sit down and play anytime he can! He is giving the kids piano lessons these days too, and they are enjoying learning to play as well.

Our next two nights, we spent at the Sequim Walmart, and the Port Angeles Walmart, which were both quiet night stays, and great places to stock up before heading into the National Park for the week.

While in Port Angeles, we visited the northern end of Olympic National Park, and headed to Hurricane Ridge to catch some mountain views. Unfortunately, it was too foggy to see anything at the top of the mountain, but we enjoyed the visitor center anyway.

We also headed into the Elwha area of the park where we saw nice river and mountain views, a waterfall, and a large herd of Olympic Elk handing out in someone’s back yard in the Elwha area! It was quite a site to see! Part of the road to Elwha was washed out, so the road was closed, and there wasn’t much more to see in this area at the time of our visit.

Port Angeles is a ferry town, so we also hopped on the walk on ferry and took the 1.5 hour ride over to Victoria BC for a day trip. We had heard Victoria was beautiful, and it lived up to it’s nickname “the city of Gardens”. Even though we didn’t get to go to the famous Butchart Gardens, the city was very walkable, and we were able to see many floral arrangements in front of old buildings, houses, businesses, and at the park too! We were impressed with how much there was to do in Victoria! There were so many shops that we recognized, boutique shops, many coffee shops, and nice restaurants as well. This city was bigger than we expected, and had a nice slight mix of old town charm, with updated modern style at the core.

We stopped for a snack at a cute RV themed restaurant, called Shanzee’s Biscuit Café, where they served comfort food. It was a good choice! We also stopped in Chinatown, got ice cream (as usual), and toured some local coffee shops (as also usual). There were many good coffee shops to choose from, which is not often the case, but David liked “Hey Happy” the best! After touring the coffee shops in town, we went on a wild goose chase for the tallest totem pole, which we heard was in Beacon Hill Park. We finaaallly found it! It was right near the Beacon Hill Children’s Farm, which also looked great, but was closed by the time we got there.

We finished up the day with dinner right by the ferry port, and boarded the ferry back to Port Angeles. It was worth it to get to see Victoria for the day, but we were tired from so much walking! Time to rest up for the night!

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