“Traveling-it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” -By Ibn Battuta
This time, it’s Port Townsend, a city in Jefferson County, Washington. It takes approximately 3 hours by road from Seattle, situated to its Northwest. Port Townsend prides itself on its historic charm and stunning natural settings. The city has many Victorian buildings of late 19th century and architecture worth appreciating. The red brick work, window arches, tall & narrow buildings and use of bright colors, all can be seen in Port Townsend. A complete wide range of architectural styles.
We started early morning, the day was cloudy and cold. The drive was traffic free and listening to ‘Ghazals’ by music maestro ‘Jagjit Singh’ we reached the visitor center at Port Townsend. At the center, there were couple of welcoming people who were imparting the information. They gave us indepth guidance, maps which made overall visit to the city thrilling and fun. The first stop of downtown was at John Pope Marine Park, waterfront park. Being near the water it was freezing cold and windy too. First sketch was of the Jefferson Museum of Art and History, a brick building across the John Pope Park. I simply love brick structures. Later I sketched an old guy who was ready to give free speech on positive thoughts. Must needed in today’s world! Ya? In this park our daughter played a lot, she made new friends and explored the area. I did the ‘Salish Sea’ sculpture followed by the dock. Though we all were wearing gloves, hoods and layers of warm clothes the breeze was still hitting badly. It can been seen in all sketches with crooked lines.
Later we walked the downtown area and I sketched the 1889 structure The Hastings building in my Moleskine pocket sketchbook.
I was keen to see Historic homes here, so headed to Jefferson St; climbing 100 steps from Haller Fountain. When travelling with kids, it always has to be competition, winning or loosing, basically ‘fun’. We three competed and no doubt the winner has to be the younger one to climb 100 steps in one go! This part of Port Townsend is called Uptown. On this uphill, rests the old Fire Bell Tower. It used to warn volunteer firefighters about fires around town. While sketching Jefferson St., a couple interacted with me and asked whether I was noting the license plate number to issue a parking ticket. Such incidences makes the place unforgettable.
On the way back to our car I came across a parked bike in front of Boiler room shop on Water street and couldn’t resist to sketch it. Yeah! Another bike sketch, I enjoy sketching these two wheelers. Since it was almost 3:00 PM, we headed straight to Fort Worden State Park.
At this Park I could do only a single sketch. We saw the lighthouse, walked along the beach but it was not possible to do trails, which made our daughter upset. One could see many deer walking freely on the green grasslands. Near the Alexander Castle was Haldimand Putnam.
The old rusted iron door appealed to me and I did a quick sketch of it. The beauty of the place is beyond words. The drive along the coast, history of place and architecture is completely fascinating. Definitely a must watch place!!
“There is no better designer than nature.” Alexander Mcqueen