Washington State Odyssey Leg #2: Port Angeles to Westport

Our mission was to see as much of western and central Washington as possible without driving more 130 to 170 miles per day; the drive from Packwood to Snoqualmie Pass neared 200.

Port Angeles appeared to me to be a very proud city that loved to educate people of its rich history and development as the main city of the Olympic Peninsula.  The city has documented its past with a complex of attractive public murals and invested in a lot of public art that produces a visually interesting pedestrian experience.

 

Location: Historical marker sign describing watershed and electricity development.

 

 

Location: First mural in a series depicting how the first settlers, the Klallam Village I-enn-nus lived.

 

Location: Second mural depicting the arrival of white settlers in 1889.

 

 

Location: Third mural showing growth of city by 1914; a number of buildings dot the hills above the waterfront. 

 

 

Location: Fourth mural - by 1914, the waterfront and port have developed and are connected to the railroad.

 

Location: Fifth mural illustrating the coming of the ferry and quick connection to Seattle and places beyond.

 

Some examples of public art

 

 

Location: Waterfront statue of Cormorants on pier and attached sign.

 

Location: Waterfront statue of octopus decoratively dotted with local stones. 

 

Location: Marine Life Museum sea creature sculpture above front entrance.

 

Location: View of the Straights from the hills above Port Angeles.

 

Port Angeles has a number of good restaurants and pubs along the main drag and waterfront.  We enjoyed ourselves so much that we forgot to take photos of them. 

 

Our next stretch of Rt. 101 was along the northern peninsula rim to the Pacific Coast and down the coast to spend the night in Westport in the Breakers Inn, a cute, quirky place with limited services but is the only motel in US that has a go-cart track; seriously. 

 

 

Location: Elwha River that washes into the Straights of Juan de Fuca.

 

Location: Crescent Lake view from road.

 

Location: Wildflowers and thick vegetation dot the roadsides of the Olympic Peninsula and western and central Washington.

 

Key moment: First sight of Pacific coast and beach.

 

Location: Rt. 101 South, Pacific coast, beach and an island with a lighthouse are behind me.

 

Location: Patty Morrison with beach, island with lighthouse behind her. 

 

Location: Rt. 101 South, Pacific Coast Highway beach view.

 

Location: Lake Quinault, Quinault Reservation  

 

Location: Aberdeen, Washington, mural depicting growth of town and port from the railroad and lumber.

Port Angeles survived the decline in the forest products industry by thriving from tourism; Aberdeen has not thrived so we naturally stayed on the coast in Westport, a cute and friendly beach town with a number of good restaurants.

 

Location: Westport Beach and trail way for walking and biking. 

 

Location: Westport, fence near pizza restaurant adorned with School of Fish metal sculpture. 

If you don’t expect too much from Westport, you will be nicely surprised.