Port A, WA
Port A (I do sound like a local, right?) is often referred to as the "gateway to Olympic National Park".
Or you might hear it referred to as Historic Port Angeles "Where the Mountains Meet the Sea" as it is bordered by the snow-capped Olympic Mt. Range on the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north.
Both are fitting and well represent this great small town on the Olympic Peninsula.
Downtown streets are lined with local businesses...many owned by lifelong residents. Restaurants, art galleries, gift shops, bookstores and fly fishing outfitters are fun to browse.
Another interesting mural depicts the historic Kalakala (translated means "Flying Bird") ferry. It was the talk of America in the 1930s. This sleek futuristic vessel sailed for 32 years and an estimated 30 million passengers rode the luxurious ship during its lifetime. It not only served as a ferry, but was also used heavily in WW ll to transport workers, vehicles and supplies...mostly to and from the Bremerton Navy shipyards.
My favorite purchase was a bunch of Sweet Peas !
The City Pier is located on the waterfront in the heart of town. It makes for a nice walk and the 4-story look-out at the end of the pier offers a great view of the Strait and town.
So, until next time...
CHEERS...and HAPPY TRAILS !
Up next, a small town located in the Olympic Rain Shadow.