Editor's Note - This is the 4th and final article in the series "Exploring the RV Lifestyle" with two newbies touring the Olympic Peninsula. To read the other articles about this trip, see "Getting Ready", "Ocean Shores" and "Rain Forest".

We headed into Fort Worden for our last stop on the adventure a little later than we planned. It didn’t leave time to go into Port Townsend and look around, always something there to see and do. We had reserved our two-day space back in February for our May stay, so glad we did!  Many people were hoping to get into the park but there were no multi-days available and very few one-night stays. Plan early! We proceeded directly to the park and found our pre-assigned RV space. However, we soon realized that even though we had booked ahead, all must report to the office and check-in first.


Be Sure to Check-In First!

Fort Worden is such a beautiful place to visit on your RV trip and the Fort itself is full of history. We were right across from the beach and the weather did get warm enough the next day for some to sit out there. There’s plenty of room with each assigned space with hook-ups and a picnic table. A week’s stay would be quite relaxing. 


Our Spot at Fort Worden, Just Across from the Beach

The “Glass Beach” was the impetus for this part of the trip and we were excited to get out there the next day. You need to check the tides chart first and plan your hike about an hour or two after the tides start to recede. Otherwise, the tides will force you into the rocks and make the journey very rough. We were able to take the RV over to North Beach County Park (the start of the hike) and lucky to find the ability to park right on 58th Street, not always the case. You can also park at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds for the day, about 3-4 blocks south of the Park.

We started the 2.6-mile hike out on a sunny but windy day. Be sure to dress for whatever the weather is that day. For us, sweatshirts with hoods and/or hats were needed along with comfortable and versatile walking shoes that can get wet. Having read articles about how to find the beach glass, most recommended not looking on the way out, that the best beach glass will be found when you get out to the end. We tried not to, but we couldn’t resist looking as we went. Interestingly, we both felt we found the most items on the journey out with the sun shining on the wet sea glass, making it easier to find. Every day is unique though, as the tides will wash in different treasures at different spots along the beach on any given day.


Journey out to the Glass Beach

Just when you think you’ve missed it, you’ll start to see weathered metal items and old trash items. This is where people dumped their trash over the bluffs in previous years (including glass items and porcelain that have weathered in the sea and washed up on shore). This is the beginning of where the most sea glass is usually found. We had visited the Dollar Store before we left and picked up some beach toys that included a plastic rake that came in very handy for sifting through the rocks that were washed up along the beach. Do a little digging and you’ll find cobalt blues, browns, white, greens and if you’re lucky, some aqua blue, yellow or red (most rare). After several hours, we headed back with our treasures and enjoyed more of the scenery along the way.


Start of the Glass Beach


Heading back...


Found Treasures!

Glass Beach is a full-day of walking, finding treasures and enjoying the beautiful beach along the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Be sure to take water, plastic baggies, a small rake and good walking shoes. Our long day ended with Instant Pot leftovers and a great night’s sleep!

The next morning, we needed to head back home. After saying goodbye to our camping friend, we wanted to stop at the gift store at Fort Worden on the way out to get a sweatshirt and some postcards. Dean was in charge of the store that day and we had a great chat. Turns out he and his wife are retired and have started full-time RVing. They had heard about the Washington State Parks Hosting program and had gone to the seminar at the Seattle RV Show to get more information. He’s been involved with hosting for about two years now.  So nice to hear that our RV show seminars do provide valuable information! This was icing on the cake for me to hear, a great way to end our exploration of the RV Lifestyle.


Our Campsite Friend


Dean at the Fort Worden Gift Shop

We certainly would have liked to have at least another day or two on this trip around the Olympic Peninsula. There are so many places to stop and experience, we just hit a few of the highlights. I guess that’s what is so great about RVing, the adventure is about the journey and the memories that you will have for a lifetime. You can go where you want, when you want and change plans at any time. I’m a newbie fan!


Memories for a Lifetime

 

Cheryl Johnston
Author: Cheryl Johnston
Cheryl Johnston is the Marketing Director for MHRV. She writes about anything that helps promote RVing and educate the public about the RV Lifestyle.

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