Thursday, October 31, 2013

road trip recap: port townsend, sequim, mount rainier

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This region of Washington was kind of a fail.  I'd mainly wanted to visit some lavender farms and camp in/explore Olympic National Park.  Unfortunately, it was Lavender Fest.  You'd think this would be great for someone who came to the area hoping to visit lavender farms, but it actually ruined the experience.  First of all, the farms were way too overrun with cars and people to be enjoyed, but then, when we finally found a farm that was to our liking, we discovered that we had to pay $12 EACH to go beyond the parking lot.  At that point we were so annoyed with the whole thing that we said forget about it.  I was mostly irritated because a) it would have been free if we hadn't happened upon this dumb "fest" and b) we didn't want to participate because of the fest crowds, anyway, so there was no way we were going to pay for it!  We ended up eating Mexican food instead.  And we weren't able to camp in ANY of the places that I had planned on.  Because of the fest, everything was completely booked when we arrived, including the campgrounds in Olympic.  After arriving to a "campground full" sign in Dungeness, where I had originally wanted to camp because it was right on the beach, we tried to find a hotel in Port Townsend, but the entire city was booked up as well, even if we were willing to drop a lot of money we didn't have (which at that point, we were).

Finally we just started driving south, deciding that we would hope to find something close to Port Townsend (because we really wanted to explore there!) and if we didn't we would just keep driving through the night to K's parents' house.  In the end, about an hour south of Port Townsend, we found a cute little inn that was perfect and reasonably priced (and had vacancy, miraculously!) and wound up spending two nights there and driving through Mt. Rainier on our way across the state to visit K's family.

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