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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

November 16, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Day trip to Port Townsend, the Seattle of the 19th century

The weather was not an ally on Saturday, but I went on a day trip with my family anyway — an early celebration of my upcoming 40th birthday. We chose Port Townsend as our destination — we’ve crossed the Sound to Bainbridge and Whidbey islands before, but this was our first time going to the actual Olympic Peninsula.
I learned that early settlers in the mid 1800s were expecting Port Townsend to become a major city. Its geographic location made it ideal as a major seaport. But it didn’t become what Seattle is today because the railroad never reached that side of the Sound, as it was supposed to. (More on that at the Wikipedia and History Link entries.)
I’ll have to come back to do justice to its beautiful architecture. The Victorian buildings along Water Street were screaming to be drawn but the weather was terrible and we all wanted to stay indoors. We were lucky to know a few good places to go that my sketcher friend Teresa had recommended.
porttownsend1.jpg12:01 p.m. We had brunch at The Hudson Point Café.
portownsendicecreeam.jpg1:39 p.m. Ice cream at the Elevated Ice Cream & Candy Store was followed by more sketching, by me and my daughter. My son played his Nintendo DS.
portownsend2.jpg2:30 p.m. Since it was too cold outside, I sketched this view from inside the car. My family has a lot of patience with me and they didn’t mind waiting in the car for 20 minutes. The courthouse building is pretty striking, with a 124-foot tall tower. Built in 1892, it’s the second oldest government building in the state.
portownsend3.jpg4:09 p.m. Back on the ferry from Kingston to Edmonds. Despite the bad weather, nothing beats spending a day with the family and getting to do a few sketches.

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