Everyone has their own travel style, but for us, full-time RVing means wide swings in our social life. All of 2017 and the first few months of 2018 were a social whirlwind with constant family visits, gathering with friends, and lots of random meet-ups. But since sometime in the early spring we have been in a social drought of sorts. I really enjoy this mix of social and alone time. Neither of us needs or wants constant social time, so it’s nice to know that we can tailor our lifestyle to fit what works best for us. However, after a long summer with only a smattering of friend meet-ups we were both craving some interaction with people other than each other. Which means when we heard about an impromptu gathering of RVers in Port Townsend, WA we jumped at the chance to join.
Port Townsend was not originally on our radar for this year. Not because we don’t love this Victorian seaport, but because with no prior planning it’s hard to find a place to camp. Or so we thought. Our last visit was six years ago when we managed to get a last minute one-night reservation at Fort Worden State Park. This time around, the state park had no openings and the other option in town, the Point Hudson Marina, is so popular that you must reserve way, way in advance.
So when Leigh texted to tell me that they were staying at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds where all the sites are first come, first serve it was too good to pass up. As a bonus, when we arrived on Saturday not only did we get a spot right next to Leigh and Brian, but our friends Laura & John were also there. Since the last time we saw these two, they retired their old Airstream, spent a year renovating a new-to-them 34-foot Airstream, and got married! Needless to say, it was great to catch up with everyone.
We also got to spend time with Kerri and Tim again who were staying at one of the coveted waterfront sites at the marina campground. Not sure if we are following them or they are following us, but we sure do seem to run into them a lot. Funny enough, this is the third time we’ve hung out in the last few months and I still neglected to get a photo of them. I am coming to peace with the fact that this blog will always be heavy on landscape photos and low on people photos. I mean, yes the primary objective of this space is to preserve our memories for the future, but I don’t ever want that to come at the expense of enjoying our lives. And if that means forgetting to take photos when hanging out with friends because I am more focused on conversing and laughing, so be it.
Our week-long stay flew by. We had a birthday celebration for Brian at Waterfront Pizza, a night out at the excellent Propolis Brewery, a long walk to the Glass Beach, a bike ride to and around the state park, kayaking around Point Hudson, afternoon walks on the nearby neighborhood trails, several evenings spent socializing around the fire, and a trip to the small but excellent Saturday morning farmers market.
While low on both scenery and privacy, the fairgrounds turned out to be an excellent option in the area and I can see us styaign there again in the future. Until next time Port Townsend!
Sounds like great fun in a beautiful place!! I’ve been unlucky with first come spots, but this one looks worth trying just to be close to so much to see and do. Very jealous seeing folks in jackets :-) Being the shortest I’m the one in the short chair, so seeing Tim in that one is a kick!! I bet he just stood up too.
During our week-long stay, the fairgrounds never completely filled up, except for the full hook-ups sites which filled on the weekends. It’s a really convenient location as very affordable at $25/night for full hook-ups! Tim does look a little funny in that short chair :)
You had pics of Glass Beach, but looking on a map, I am not finding where it is at. Could you tell me where to find it?
I did find it on Google Maps, but it only showed up after I zoomed in on Port Townsend. The only way to reach the beach is by parking at North Beach and walking 2 miles west along the shore. You will start seeing little bits of glass before you reach the actual glass beach, but to find the most you will need to walk a few miles. Be sure to go at low tide because some of the beach is inaccessible when the tide is high. Enjoy!
Looks like a fun place. … Glass beach was a dumping ground? those glass like rocks that you picked look so natural?
Yup, the glass beach was an area where trash used to be dumped. Over the years, the glass has broken and tumbled around resulting in tiny rounded glass bits that look like colorful stones. It was a really fun place for collecting.
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