Sunday, October 17, 2010

Michael, Emily, and the City of Dreams

We had long been trying to find a time to get it together! Finally, Michael (my friend from study abroad), his girlfriend Emily, and I all had the day off from work. I grabbed a melon and a bouquet from Pikes Place Market before hopping on the ferry Thursday morning. Beautiful sunny day--here are the dahlias in the sun:

 Sunny Seattle from the boat!
 If you look VERY closely, you can see Rainer Mountain in this picture. But mostly just cranes from the port.
 Michael and Emily took me to the darling town of Port Townsend, also (according to wikipedia) known as the City of Dreams, because at one time it was predicted to be the largest port on the west coast, however, recession hit and the railroad didn't make it out there and growth halted. The result? Lots of beautiful historic Victorian homes and buildings. Here is a shot of downtown:
 We got brunch at a great little restaurant. Avocado omelet, roasted potatoes, and homemade blueberry oat muffins!
 Michael and Emily by the somewhat famous firefighter alert bell tower (not pictured) overlooking the bay. AWWWWWWWWWWW!
 Some ears we found in an antique shop.
 Got ice cream at Elevated Flavors. My cone was half pumpkin, half cardamon. Very interesting!

 We then went to explored Fort Worden State Park a little bit. This is the beach there, where I found a cool seaweed that looks like a brain and part of a small femur bone.

 Near the beach are a large system of underground bunkers that you can explore. It's dark and very creepy! From this place to the victorian homes, Port Townsend is ripe for the haunting!

 Then we returned to Poulsbo, where Michael and Emily live. We drove through the adorable town, which prides itself on its Norwegian-ness. I didn't get any pictures, but I had to take a shot of this shelf in the hardware store (we stopped for something). Yes, it's a shelf dedicated to Scandinavian cooking--lefsa turning sticks, heritage grills, groved rolling pins, rosette irons, etc. There was even a book about 51 ways to use lefsa. It included lefsa songs to the tunes of "deck the halls" and "deep in the heart of texas." Oh good lord. (uf da?)
We met up with Nathan (unfortunately there was some perfect storm of disasters causing crazy traffic on Bainbridge and it took him 2 hours to get to Poulsbo from the ferry) and made pizza and played Euchre. So what a lovely day!

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