July 31 and August 1, 2016- Westport, Washington

We are definitely taking this vacation pretty easy. Sleeping in (until almost 6 AM), having a lot of pajama time, taking a nap or two, and heading out in the afternoon to see what can be seen. These two days we concentrate on Westport and don’t wander far afield. Westport is located on a peninsula on the south side of the entrance to Grays Harbor from the Pacific Ocean. The Westport Marina is the largest marina on the actual coast of the northwest U.S. The marina is home to a lot of commercial fishing boats. We walk around the docks and take a look at the Maritime Museum.

Commercial fishing boats in the Westport Marina
Commercial fishing boats in the Westport Marina
Crab pots
Crab pots
You can buy fresh fish right from the docks
You can buy fresh fish right from the docks

We stop by the Maritime Museum just in time for closing. So we walk around the outside and look at the exhibits. There are many skeletons of blue and gray whales. Enormous!

Maritime Museum
Maritime Museum
Gray whale skeleton
Gray whale skeleton

We also notice that there is a fishing derby going on. The winner is the person who catches the biggest fish in different categories. Maybe they are all waiting until the last minute but the whole time we were down there only one person came in with a fish.

Fish derby
Fish derby

After watching the incredibly exciting (not) fish derby we head to check on the tennis court that I found by looking on Google maps. It is cracked and in bad shape. Two little boys say that someone has tried to burn it down recently.  We are not sure how that would work but we decide to give tennis a pass tomorrow.

Derelict tennis court
Derelict tennis court

We stop at the grocery store and pick up some chicken and vegetables to make for dinner.

Chicken with stuffed potato and zucchini with carrot saute
Chicken with stuffed potato and zucchini with carrot saute

After dinner we take a walk down the beach. Some people are building a big bonfire, someone else is driving their truck down the beach. This is the most activity we’ve seen on any beach. We find some sand dollars (related to urchins) to bring home to Nathan and Sam. But the weather is turning colder and it is time to head back to the house.

Beach bonfire
Beach bonfire
Headlights from a truck on the beach
Headlights from a truck on the beach
Sand dollar
Sand dollar
Cold woman and the sea
Cold woman and the sea

On Monday we didn’t do much. Mostly just sat around in comfy clothes and did puzzles and such. Late in the day we went out to see Washington’s tallest lighthouse and buy something for dinner.

John at the lighthouse
John at the lighthouse
The actual lighthouse
The actual lighthouse
Fresh fish store at the marina.
Fresh fish store at the marina.
Rockfish, couscous, and broccoli for dinner
Rockfish, couscous, and broccoli for dinner

Tomorrow we head north to the Olympic National Park and the rainforests.

 

 

 

 

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