Turning 30 in Port Townsend (Day 18)

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Well, the day dawned clear and beautiful. THE day. The big 3-0. And honestly, it was one of the best birthdays I can remember. After a wonderful night’s sleep, my uncle started us off with some delicious birthday waffles, and we ate breakfast overlooking the unbelievable views he and my aunt have off the back of their house — you can see for MILES, across the bay and to the mountains beyond. We spent a morning around the house, with my uncle giving me the tour of his awesome man cave (which was actually a huge building) full of toys: his classic Mercedes, his motorcycle, the RV he custom renovated for my aunt, along with his office, workshop, full bathroom … you get the picture. He also gave me the tour of his boat, his 5th wheel, and his beautiful garden, where he had grown much of the food we’d eat. (Hello, fresh salsa.)

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After that, it was off to downtown Port Townsend to see the sights and get some lunch. It was a perfect day to stroll downtown, coffees in hand, enjoying a new town. We stopped for lunch at Doc’s Marina Grill, a seafood restaurant right on the water at the far end of town. The food was fantastic, as were the views.

Port Townsend, with the Olympic mountains in the background.
Port Townsend, with the Olympic mountains in the background.

Rebecca doesn’t eat seafood, so I don’t have it very often, but Doc’s was well worth the wait. After lunch had settled, my aunt and uncle gave us the driving tour of Port Townsend, including the Port Townsend Bay Kinetic Sculpture Rally, which was really unique and fun. A bunch of crazily-dressed contestants build human-powered machines that must be able to navigate on land, on sea, on sand, and in the mud, and then they have a huge themed race around town! This year’s theme was insects:


It was a lot of fun to watch as all these different vehicles tried to get through the nastiest mudpit ever, while being cheered on by kids and adults all the way up into their 70s dressed in outlandish outfits. Port Townsend is a colorful town, for sure!

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After watching that for a while, we also drove over an explored Fort Worden, a former military installation where An Officer and a Gentleman was filmed back in the early 80s. They had a giant embedded WW2 gun bunker which was really awesome, and which I was too distracted by to actually get pictures of. Then, because we obviously hadn’t done enough fun stuff yet, my uncle took us to Fair Winds Winery, where he works occasionally. He introduced us to owner, gave us the private tour, and a tasting. The wines were awesome! I especially liked the Lemberger and the Fireweed Mead.  Finally, after that, we headed back to the house for dinner and birthday cake!





I grew up in New Jersey, went to college in Virginia, and married a girl from New Hampshire, so I can drive the East Coast in my sleep. I love exploring, jumping out of airplanes, whitewater rafting, fast cars, comic books, and generally refusing to act my age. More practically, I love budgeting and financial planning, renovating and updating older homes (and now campers), and learning to make our family as self-sustaining as possible.

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