Port Townsend has an Art Walk the first Saturday evening of each month. I joined friends Lydia and Lynn tromping through the rainy streets. This is one of the very few cool parts of the country this summer so combining the rain with the cool, we wore sweatshirts and jackets. Waterfront PT is basically one main street with a few side streets attached, lots of trees, hanging and street-side pots of flowers. It was fun ducking into the many art galleries, snacking on their hors d’oeuvres and getting ideas, especially from the one that had a small garden right on the water.
Afterward Lynn and I went to the Nifty Fifties soda fountain shop for black cows. You do remember those don’t you – a scoop of ice cream drown in root beer and turned into foamy delight. We were more than a little silly looking at the old fifties songs on the Jukebox and singing Sh-boom Sh-boom on our way out.
Friend Chris, who has owned boats in the past, loved to spend time down on the wharf reminiscing of days on the Inland Passage to Alaska and owning another boat at some future time. We took the free tour of the sailboat, Merrie Ellen, and Chris slurped up every detail of how they had salvaged and rebuilt it, dreaming ahead to that day…And with less interest in building boats, I looked beyond to the magnificent sunset and mountain ranges all around, some with still a hint of snow lodged in their crevasses.
We went to the Pizza Factory to celebrate Chris having been here for the past two months. He left the next day for warmer climes. The pizza is good but it was so noisy that we couldn’t carry on a conversation so there will not be a third time there. Part of it was the building and the TV and the other factor was children who are allowed to scream and run without benefit of parental or shop-owner guidelines. Does it sound like we spend a lot of time eating…hmmm. 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.”