What’s to see after Galvin? Claquato and Pe Ell. Where? Headed on down the road past sprawling farms toward Claquato where around 2001 I photographed a wedding in this charming remnant from long ago. Founded in the 1850s by Hawkins Davis and became a prosperous lumber town with a mill. In 1874 the railroad came and like many towns, Claquato was bypassed, which lead to the eventual demise of the town. Claquato was officially removed from the County records in 1902. The Claquato Church and Claquato Cemetery remain and provide more photo ops. Next was Pe Ell. Not much activity in this once hopping railroad town inhabited largely by Poles. The town was once the home to the only Polish National Catholic Church in Washington.
I think there are more old cars and relics in Galvin than the entire population of 43! Gas pumps with old gas station signs and plenty of old trucks. The best find was behind the doors of the Buser Auto Museum…Mike called the number and the owner picked up the phone and came down to give us the grand tour! Fun spot for any avid photographer.
In honor of Earth Day we headed out to LaConner and the tulip fields. First stop was Snow Goose Produce for some refreshment and a look at their wonderful offerings including produce, fish, plants, TULIPS and wonderful ice cream! Next on the agenda was Christisnson’s Nursery, a delightful stop where we found “Art in the Schoolhouse” and ‘found art’ throughout the nursery and gift shop. The adventure would not be complete without a stop at Roozengaarde for a walk thru the tulip fields! We had a little bit of sun, a little bit of rain, and a little bit of mud but it was well worth the trip. Not to mention the Kiwanis Salmon Bake. Yum!
Here’s some favorite pics…enjoy!
With the lovely weather the last few days it was time for a road trip. I took my mom and sister on a short trip down Highway 167 toward Sumner where we stopped and shopped the cute antique stores. Next stop was the Mt. Rainier Winery which boasted lovely fruit wines and a fantastic view of the mountain! An hour and a half later we were off again – next stop Elbe for lunch. Final stop was the tulip farm in Mossyrock. A sweet little farm with a small field of tulips, sunny garden walk and gift shop.
Mike’s photo bus headed to Sequim for the day. I feel like I’m getting a taste of what retirement is like. Sunshine, lavender, food, wine…..chocolate! But I digress. We stopped at Jardin du Soleil and Purple Haze Lavender Farm. Sequim is internationally recognized for this fragrant herb that lends itself well to hydrating oils, lotions and soaps (of which I sell “Pierogi Soap” scented with lavender).
Next photo op was the Dungeness Spit and lighthouse with views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver Island and Mount Baker. It’s about a 6 mile walk to the lighthouse. Not enough time to make that hike but a 270mm lens helped make the stop worth it.
Just west of Walmart (they are everywhere!) we found the Railroad Bridge Park. The 1900s railroad bridge is part of the Olympic Discover Trail. The cold Dungeness River flows beneath it.
Next and last stop Port Angeles and Fort Worden for sunset. Ended up at the Point Wilson Lighthouse (1879) which is still active and whose beacon guides ships.
Thanks Mike and Ed for another relaxing photo tour of the great northwest!