If you haven’t visited Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, you have missed a whole bunch. I have explored it many times but I can never get enough; thus, my decision to spend the summer in Port Townsend and once again explore the delights of the lower 48’s far NW. From the kitchen window and back deck of the studio apartment of Friend Lynn, I can see the ferry making its way across the waters of Puget Sound from PT to Keystone on Whidbey Island. The gulls flying overhead carry the message that I am no longer in the desert. Aaaaah, water! How did this silver gypsy whose feet dabbled in Lake Michigan for half a century, ever wind up sifting sand in the heated desert. Ah fate.
The weather has mostly been fantastic. While I get e-mails from friends and family who are sweltering in the heat, I am back in sweatshirts and evening heat and loving it.
On Thursday nights there are free “Concerts on the Dock” and along with Friends Lynn and Grace, we sat and listened to Tony LaStella’s Wise Guys for a couple of hours. Sandwiches and drinks, both soft and interesting, were available but I didn’t partake because I would have wound up dancing on the top of the nearby NW Maritime Center. It was a wonderful atmosphere. People-watching was at the max with vintage and contemporary, both in people and clothes. For once, the delightful music was not blasting the eardrums and we could listen as well as engage in quiet conversation. Those who felt so moved, entertained us with their gyrations and joy of the dance. Once again I wished I had learned to dance many decades ago…maybe one of those hard drinks would have accomplished the same thing. Hmmm.
I missed the Zydeco music that was at the Upstage on the same night. Some day I’ll find out what that is all about. I rarely miss the local farmers markets and the PTFM in uptown PT was delightful with fresh produce, unusual area arts and crafts, and live music. Taking Grace’s place as a volunteer handing out programs at the Key City Playhouse, since she couldn’t be two places at once and she was needed otherwise, I had a free “in” to see Neil Simon’s comedy, “The Prisoner of Second Avenue.” It is going to be an interesting summer.
Maybe next week I’ll finally be able to send you some pictures of the past few weeks. God bless until next time.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”