I posted days 3-6 photos under the Local and Northwest menu.
After leaving San Juan Island I spent the night in Marysville at Riverbend Campground. The next day I rode to La Conner and had breakfast at The Calico Cupboard Old Time Café on the Swinomish Channel. It started another great day. The sun was out, I had a nice view from the back patio of the channel with boats passing by and the food was good.
Then it was across Deception Pass and down to Oak Harbor for an overnight visit with Terry and Pat, my ex-CO and his wife. Terry BBQ’d giant steaks for us on the balcony overlooking Oak Harbor and the sound.
We always talk about the old times after catching up with the latest in each other’s lives. One of the stories which invariably comes up is in regards to the plaque I had a student make as a joke for his going away party put on by the reserve unit when he moved to the east coast. I told the kid, “If it’s good, you get an F. If it’s bad, you get an A.” Terry still displays it proudly and counts it as one of his most prized memorabilia on his “I love me” wall. Note: We also got Terry a nice statuette of a pair of dolphins for a legit going away present (He keeps this on his 44′ Sloop, Sunnyside).
The following day Terry took me for a tour of the Naval Air Station. We were both stationed there in the early ’70s but never met. We finally met many years later at the Pasco Reserve Center. He became my unit’s Commanding Officer and eventually made me his Executive Officer (as an RM2!)
After the tour Terry led me to Toby’s Tavern in Coupeville where we had chowder and beer before I headed to Keystone where I caught the Port Townsend-Coupeville ferry.
After disembarking in Port Townsend I continued to Poulsbo where I connected with Bruce, an old friend I worked and palled around with when we were both employed at Airborne Freight in downtown Seattle. His apartment is only a couple of blocks off the water and downtown so we walked in that direction while sharing our histories since the we had last met. Before we reached downtown, Bruce suggested we stop at Valholl Brewing which had live music. We spent an hour or so there listening to the music and talking in between songs.
Budget motels were scarce in Poulsbo so that night Bruce offered me the use of his couch (better than a tent!). The next morning was a beautiful-sunny day so we walked around town; first having coffee then lunch at the Jalisco Restaurant (Mexican). Later we continued our stroll around town and along the water front. We finished the evening at Bruce’s watching a movie after first, and most importantly, picking up some Lefse for tomorrow’s breakfast.
After coffee and lefse the next morning I headed home. It was raining but I had a great time the previous few days. My time on San Juan Island, at Terry & Pat’s and Bruce’s were enjoyably relaxing.