Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Clubhouse lawn. Large trees surround the campground.

Each lot is 39'x70'. Some lessees just park on their lot for...

Some folks live in "park models" that are practically permanent.

We noticed this plan for park expansion in the clubhouse.

View of the ferry dock from our restaurant table. Whidbey Island in...

This is the largest and most stately county court houses we've seen.

Lower part of Port Townsend at sunset.

(Ron Writing) We left Lacey, WA this morning on the southbound I-5 and drove a short distance to Olympia, the state capital. We had planned to spend a little time here touring the capitol building and some of the other attractions in that area. But, we were unable to find a place to park. The city streets are very narrow and even parking in nearby residential areas is highly restricted. That’s quite unusual – we nearly always find a place to park if we’re willing to walk.

We left Olympia and headed north on US-101 which is a scenic route along the east shore of the Olympic Peninsula. It runs along the Hood Canal all the way up to the Quilcene, WA area. This is a popular resort and vacation area with many inns and campgrounds. We had rain much of the afternoon, which limited our views.

From Quilcene we took a secondary road northeast to Chimacum, WA. The Evergreen COHO RV Park is located in Chimacum. It is one of the more popular Escapees Co-op parks and we wanted to check it out. After getting settled in a dry camp site ($5.52/night), we took a walk around the park to see the grounds and the clubhouse facilities. It’s a nice park that is surrounded by dense forest land. The Chimacum area has a very mild climate and doesn’t get as much rain as most of area since it’s in a sort of “rain shadow” of the Olympic Mountains.

The Escapees co-op parks have leased sites for which the lessee pays a one-time fee (currently $9,235) and is then able to maintain the lease as long as desired by paying the annual dues (currently $790). The annual dues include all utilities except electricity. It’s an attractive option for Escapees who decide to spend less time traveling and like living in this area. For a $1,020 deposit you can get your name on the waiting list for a lease site – the list currently has over 200 names and the estimated wait is 7-8 years.

After touring the RV park we drove over to Port Townsend to look around and have dinner. We ate at the Harbor View Restaurant right on the waterfront near the ferry dock. The food was pretty good but we were expecting more in the way of fresh seafood.

Port Townsend is an interesting town with a high bluff separating “uptown” from the “downtown” port area. There are many old nicely restored Victorian homes. We stopped at a “farmers market” but didn’t purchase anything. The prices were very high and the vendors seemed to all be re-sellers of produce they truck in from other areas.

We’re getting the impression that there aren’t any Republicans in this part of Washington. All day long we saw a plethora of Obama yard signs and just ONE McCain sign!

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