Olympic Peninsula Loop extravaganza
This is THE trip for public transit enthusiasts! Three days, two nights of leaving the driving to the professionals. We used four different transit systems to travel the entire Olympic Peninsula Loop.
We started in Olympia, traveled to Aberdeen and on to Amanda Park (up the road from the Quinault Lodge). Our first day lunch spot was the iconic Kalaloch Lodge. Yes, this picture is from the day of the trip, in early October. Beautiful day! And delicious lunch! After lunch we had over 2 hours to walk the beach before we hopped back aboard the bus to take us to Forks for our first night away from home.
We exited the bus at the Forks Transit Center, then walked a block to the Forks Motel. Clean and comfortable rooms, complete with an easy chair and footstool! The Seahawks were on “Monday Night Football”, so many of us retired to our rooms to watch the game.
The next morning we met for breakfast at the Forks Coffee Shop (one block the other side of the motel). After a satisfying breakfast we walked the two blocks to the Transit Center to catch our next bus. This photo shows our bus… a large van, with very comfortable seats and large windows.
Below is a sample of the view from the van… Lake Crescent was lovely that morning… so calm and peaceful…and no rain!
Our next transfer spot was Port Angeles. From there we went on to Sequim, where we stopped for lunch. The town of Sequim has lots of places to explore, and several restaurants. The seafood chowder at Jakes was excellent!
Vicki (who shared these photos; thanks, Vicki!) met this interesting traveler at the Sequim bus stop. This fellow was not on a leash, and was quite content to hang on to his person’s backpack.
We arrived in Port Townsend in the early afternoon and checked in to our hotel, The Palace Hotel on Water Street. What a delightful place! This historic building was built in 1889 by Captain Tibbals. Each room is named for a “lady of the night”, giving homage to the hotel’s early days as a brothel. The rooms are large, and filled with antiques and authentic decoration. This is Ms. Claire’s room, which is rumored to be occupied by her ghost!
We had the evening and next morning to wander through Pt. Townsend… lots of shops and restaurants to choose from.
This is our van from Brinnon to Shelton…only one non-Rebel aboard!
What a grand trip. One other fact: The senior bus fare for this entire trip was $9.50 :-0