From the pacific coast of the Olympic Peninsula I traveled north to Port Townsend. There is a county fairgrounds there with a campground with reasonable prices and hookups. Since it will be closed during the coming fair I decided I get there sooner rather than later. This will mean a bit of backtracking when I leave but it has worked out well. The day I arrived I made arrangements to take an all day whale watch trip to Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands. Unfortunately it was foggy all the
way out so I didn’t take any photos until in the harbor. The harbor was filled with yachts and even has a sea plane dock. The planes some and go often, and it was common to see one landing or taking off amidst the boats that were coming and going. Soon after leaving the harbor I saw an impressive mountain in the distance, wish I knew what one it is.
I was really hoping to photograph some Orcas (killer whales) but it wasn’t to be. We hit more fog then the captain reported that some other boats were seeing some humpback whales so he headed to that area. Humpback whales are relatively new to the Puget Sound area and seem to still be a novelty there. While I’ve seen them pretty up close off Provincetown, MA, I did get a few new images. When going out to photograph any sort of wildlife you have to remember it is wild life, unpredictable and often elusive. So it was that day.
This morning even though it was a bit overcast I went into town and walked around. Port Townsend is extremely picturesque and one can easily spend at least a few hours looking at the historical buildings.