August 2, 2009 - Port Townsend to Port Gamble
the tides, we got to sleep in a bit, and awoke to this
magnificent sunrise over the Indigo – a support boat for a canoe
crew from Alaska.
We had a
wonderful breakfast prepared by ground crew at 7 a.m., and then
went down to the beach to smudge and take off. Irv had a ground
crew member from another Tribe take this group shot of everyone
who was there with us this morning.
The whole group
When we took
off, we rounded the tip of the Quimper Peninsula, and got to see
the Victorian Seaport side of Port Townsend.
was calm and it was a beautiful day. We pulled east to Indian
Island where we saw a nuclear submarine at the dock. We went
under the bridge that connects Indian Island to the mainland,
and then stopped for a potty break at Oak Bay County Park and
continued on past the Hood Canal (and the bridge, which seemed
particularly long when paddling its length). Shortly after that,
we could see the old mill site at Port Gamble, and knew that the
Port Gamble reservation was just past there. We had been on the
water for nearly 7 hours, and unlike yesterdays; cool, foggy
weather, today was hot and sunny, which made us all thirsty and
finally pulled around the Port Gamble dock, we rafted up the two
toward shore, where Taya asked for permission to come ashore,
and it was granted by the Port Gamble Princess.
Leaving Port Townsend
Port Gamble Princes and Tribal Chair Jeromy Sullivan
there was food and drink, craft booths and shuttles up to camp.
We all look forward to dinner at 6 p.m., which we hears will be
oysters and clams! Yum!