A big reason we came to this area was for Linda to check out a couple of beaches in Port Townsend known for sea glass. The whole area from North Beach Park all the way west to McCurdy Point is prime beachcombing territory. A section near McCurdy Point is referred to as "Glass Beach".
Apparently, many years ago, dump trucks would back up to the edge of the cliff and dump trash down on the beach and into the water which is why it's a good spot for sea glass now. There are still remnants of old vehicles there.
Access to Glass Beach requires a walk of almost three miles on the beach from North Beach Park. Linda's knees were acting up, and she knew she wasn't going to be able to do six miles round-trip, but she still wanted go and see what we might find.
We checked the tide charts and saw that low tide was around 8:00 a.m. It's very important to check the tide charts, especially if hiking all the way to Glass Beach - the water comes all the way into the cliffs at high tide and can cut off your return in some places. Another website says that tides of six feet and higher are a problem on your return, plus, as the tide comes in, it covers the treasures you might be seeking (glass, quartz, agates, etc.).
We arrived at the North Beach parking lot around 8:30. Just walking out from the parking lot, we immediately started seeing lots of small pieces of glass. Supposedly, there are larger pieces at Glass Beach, but Linda is planning on making mosaics and doesn't need big pieces.
She found a high-production pile of rocks, so I retrieved a cushion, water, and a ziploc bag from the Jeep. She plopped down, and had a ball sifting through the rocks. There was plenty of glass for several of the glass hunters, ....
some of whom were quite serious.
It was men, women, young people, old people, couples, etc. - it's certainly not a "secret" beach for glass. But there was glass everywhere.
We met Mike who is from eastern Washington visiting his brother here. He's also an RVer and enjoys finding glass. He's a 74-year old widower that is in great shape and exercises a lot. After we all looked for glass in the same spot for awhile, he left Linda his miniature rake, and the two of us walked toward McCurdy Point having a wonderful chat and occasionally stopping to pick up some of the prettier colored glass.
We walked and talked until he figured he should get back to his trailer to take his dog for a walk.
When we got back to Linda, she had a little girl sifting through the rocks with her. And she lamented the fact we were back so soon because she figured I would want to leave. Well, we decided I would get her a couple of snacks out of the Jeep, leave her sitting there, and come back when she called me.
While at the Jeep, I found a note on our windshield. Paula said she has been following us for years, welcomed us to Port Townsend, and left an email address. I later emailed her and learned she lives about a mile from North Beach, and had a feeling that's where we would be. She recognized the Jeep, and the Kentucky license plate confirmed it was ours.
Linda called me around 1:30, not because she was ready to leave, but because the tide chased her off the beach. As she waited for me, others arrived asking "Where do I find the glass?" She informed them it was all now underwater and advised them to check the tide charts.
She ended up nearly filling a quart-sized Ziploc bag with glass, and she never went more than 50 yards from the parking lot and most of it was collected in about a 10-foot radius. It was a given that she would be returning tomorrow morning with or without me.
When we got back, she decided to get some laundry done. Here at the Evergreen Coho SKP park, you have to sign up for time slots to do laundry. They have a big laundry room, so she went over and found machines open for the 3:00 time slot. She signed up and got that knocked out.
While she was on the beach, I made plans with our friends Bill & Diane to go to dinner at 5:00. They are full-timers that have been on the road longer than we have, and they are from Washington so we've gotten some great tips from them.
They picked us up and we went to a local restaurant, Scampi & Halibut Seafood Grill. It's not fine dining, but it was as Bill & Diane described - very good, consistent, reasonably priced seafood, with some nice highlights like their coconut almond rice and caesar salad. And Diane is a big fan of their blackberry milkshake - still wishing I would have gotten one.
After dinner, they gave us a quick driving tour of Port Townsend, and then we ended up at Finnriver Farm & Cidery, which had been recommended by one of the "glass" ladies on the beach with Linda this morning. It was a spur of the moment decision to check it out.
I became the designated driver as the other three enjoyed a "flight" of five cider tastings.
It was a very enjoyable evening, and it was great to spend some time with Bill & Diane again.
Back home, we called it an early night.
Linda was up and out early this morning. She headed back to North Beach a little before 8:00 while I stayed home and took care of a variety of items.
The best news of the day was learning that our tenant in our little rental house in Florida wants to renew for another year. That made our day.
Paula, from the note on the Jeep yesterday, ended up joining Linda on the beach for a little glass collecting, and I confirmed plans with our friends, Sam & Carolyn, to go to Port Townsend's Thursday night "Concerts on the Dock" series. It runs from 5:00 - 7:30, and folks start arriving around 4:30.
Linda returned around 2:30 after the tide once again forced her to leave the beach. She got almost as much glass as yesterday and stayed in just about the same spot.
At 4:15, Sam & Carolyn picked us up. Sam dropped us off with our chairs, and we found a nice spot on the lawn. We had a nice view of the Toolshed Trio which had grown into six band members and four additional singers.
The crowd filled in around us.
Paula and some of her friends were there as well, so I got to meet her. Always a pleasure to get to meet those that have been following us for several years that we've never met before.
Soon, we learned that the Port Townsend folks like to dance. Soon, our view of the band and the harbor backdrop was obscured by all the dancers.
And what an eclectic mix of dancers it was. Many were in their own little world, and it was some of the best people-watching we've done in a long, long time. They were happy and uninhibited, and I'm guessing some were under the influence of a particular herb. For the record, Washington joined Colorado as the first states to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, and I think some recreational use of the locals may have contributed to the fun we had tonight. Just a hunch, I could be wrong.
In addition to the people-watching, the band had quite a repertoire, and they were pretty good. The three female singers were excellent.
We had sandwiches from the Mo Chilli BBQ food trailer that were excellent as well. Linda said her brisket sandwich may have been the best she's ever had, and my pulled pork sandwich also ranked right up there. We were impressed. I almost ordered some BBQ to go.
They sold beer and wine at the venue, and they have a unique deal to reduce the use of plastic cups. For $5, you can get a stainless steel or pottery cup to use for the evening and then you get your $5 back when you return the cup as you leave.
And, conveniently, right next to the park, is the Elevated Ice Cream & Candy Shop. A couple of small sundaes topped off the evening just before the music ended around 7:30.
It was another enjoyable evening and another reminder of why we like smaller towns.
We are leaving tomorrow, but there is a good chance we may make another pass through here after we get back from Iceland in September.
It was a great couple of days here with our friends, but now it's time to move on to get organized and prepared for our upcoming trip to the Land of Fire & Ice.