Travelogue Thursday: April in Washington (State)

Posted May 3 2012, 10:19 pm

Over the weekend, I went to Port Townsend, WA, for a Power Plotting Weekend with the amazing Mary Buckham. (If you’re interested, I’ll share some of what I learned on Fiction Friday.) I flew out early and stayed over another day so I’d have time to sightsee.

Took the Light Link Rail from SeaTac into Seattle. Houses in Seattle are much more brightly painted than is typical here in the Midwest. I think they’re trying to offset the frequent gray skies.

In Seattle, I saw the Pike Place Market and visited the Gauguin exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.

Then I headed to Port Townsend, wooden ship capital of the world.

I didn’t go clamming, but someone did:.

The thing that fascinated me the most was how different the flora is in the Pacific Northwest than here in the Midwest. Here, rhododendron are pretty much lavender. There, they can be pink,

or cream

or even bright red.

This is a monkey-tail tree. It’s not native to the Pacific Northwest, but it is common there. Notice the long, ropy branches that look like monkey tails?

Then, on Monday, Mary generously offered to take me on a tour. We visited Neah Bay, the furthest westernmost point of the contiguous U.S.

We saw HUGE trees.

Then we visited the area surrounding Forks (because you know I wasn’t leaving without seeing Twilight-world).

Everything was covered with moss. It was so damp there I felt like if I stood still too long, it would creep over my shoes and I’d be covered, too.

Tomorrow: For Fiction Friday, I’ll share a little of what I learned from Mary Buckham, who is the best teacher of the craft of plotting that I’ve ever met.

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