About 20 miles from where we are staying in Port Angeles is the small city of Sequim.
Sequim is pronounced as Skwim.
It is known as "Sunny Sequim" because it lies within the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains and receives on average less than 16 inches of rain per year. Just up the road in Port Angeles it is 25 inches per year and we won't talk about on further west yet.
Fogs and cool breezes from the Juan de Fuca Strait make Sequim's climate more humid than would be expected from the low average annual precipitation.
This makes Sequim the "Lavender Capital of North America", rivaled only in France.
The lavender festival is held each July.
This year it is being held on the weekend we leave the area so we did our lavender exploring in a much quieter way.
We went to the Washington Lavender Farm on the grounds of the George Washington Inn.
The George Washington Inn is a luxury Bed and Breakfast set high on a bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
It was built as a replica of Mount Vernon the home of George Washington. Having seen the original Mount Vernon last fall it was fun to see its copy.
Here the view off the veranda is not onto the Potomac but to the ocean.
The Olympic Mountains on the other side and a scale replica of the wooden North Bridge, of Concord, Mass. make another perfect background.
There is a small shop on the property that sells all things lavender. I came home with a bottle of lavender oil that a little dab soothes me each night as I head for bed.
Farewell to a very special place. Do you think that George Washington ever thought he would have a state named after him along with a replica of his beloved Mount Vernon?
This sea stack is named Bachelor Rock. Not sure why it is named that but I read that out there is a shallow rocky reef that kayakers and divers head to to see all the colorful life that lives on or around the reef.
The kayakers were launching from the rocky beach.
A great stop for our picnic lunch before traveling on.
Just a few miles away on a bluff overlooking Salt Creek Recreation area is a very interesting place.
Camp Hayden was A World War II Coastal Artillery Camp established in 1941 that operated through 1948.
This was installed to protect the entrance to Puget Sound, the Victoria BC harbor, and the Canadian naval base at Esquimalt.
Those 16" guns are capable of firing a one ton projectile around 28 miles. The trees are now very high where the shots would have been directed but it is clear that they would have been able to have done a very good job of protecting this part of the United States. Three Worthington diesels supplied power that allowed soldiers operating the guns to revolve the turntables with a flick of the wrist. They were test fired only once and thank heavens did not need to actually be used. As we have traveled the United States I have been impressed at the many places we have seen that were there to protect us during World War II. I wondered if we are as prepared today.
The backroads drive has an ever changing landscape.