A Warm Welcome to Port Townsend (Day 17)

The next day started bright but not too early after a fantastic night’s sleep at the Holiday Inn. We decided to forgo breakfast at the pricey hotel restaurant and find something on our way out of town.

Unfortunately we were on the west edge of Spokane and ended up not hitting any restaurants for about an hour. When we stopped for gas in Tokio we noticed there was a small cafe — Templin’s Country Corner — in the convenience store. It wasn’t much to look at from the outside, but the waitress was friendly and the place was very clean. We ended up enjoying a hearty breakfast that hit the spot!

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Eastern Washington was flat and brown, but when we reached the center of the state, gorgeous mountains began popping up out of nowhere. We were about to see some of the most gorgeous scenery we’d seen yet in our travels.

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We had a relatively short six hour driving day planned but we were eager to reach our destination and excited to see signs for Port Townsend, Washington.

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When we arrived at Uncle Ted and Aunt Pam’s home, we were warmly greeted by them and their two poodles, Fleurette and Jeeves. We spent the afternoon catching up with them, enjoying their beautiful home and stunning views.

That night Aunt Pam made one of the best meals we’d enjoyed on our trip: gluten-free pasta with veggies, delicious stuff zucchini (fresh from Uncle Ted’s garden), and — to Ryan’s great joy — shrimp etouffee.


I’m the oldest of 12 crazy kids and two pretty awesome parents. My love of travel developed during my early years traveling the globe as an Air Force brat. I’m a runner, a writer, and a reader, and I love cooking up good food and cozying up our camper.

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