Port Gamble in Washington


On Wednesday afternoon Josh, Laura, Michelle and I took the Ferry from Edmonds to Kingston for High Tea in Port Gamble. The Tea Room at Port Gamble is in an old Victorian house on the main street in this little town. You get off the ferry at Kingston and follow the road to Highway 104 headed for the Hood Canal Bridge. When you get to the 25 mile an hour speed zone you know you are close. You can’t miss it and it’s a delightful afternoon stop!


Josh was such a good sport to play along and don a hat, too. He had never been to High Tea and we discussed just how civilized it is. Of course none of us had to wear hats but we were just in the mood.


I think the highlights for us were the wonderful scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream and then the chocolate fondue at the end of our tea. Duhliscious!! (I miss-spelled that on purpose!)


We strolled through the little town and enjoyed the architecture and unique little shops. Took the picture of the Artful Ewe for you Willow!

My son Josh and Laura

My DIL Laura and niece Michelle


Do you see the sign the antique dealer has under her cash register in her shop? It says “YOUR HUSBAND CALLED – And said you can buy anything you want” On the way out of town we stopped at the Anglican Church.


From the cemetery we could see the Hood Canal Bridge and we commented that we should drop in on Dave and Beth but we didn’t call ahead and our afternoon was turning into evening.  Maybe you can meet Katie and I for tea sometime in Port Gamble Beth!?


At the cemetery Josh spotted this engraving on one of the tombstones. “Remember friend as you pass by, As you are now so once was I, As I am now you soon will be, Prepare for death and follow me”

Sobering thought or it could be taken as an encouragement to prepare ourselves for the inevitable by making decisions today that guarantee our future in Glory when we meet our Creator…

Well we decided it was time to head back to the ferry dock and journey across the Puget Sound to Edmonds and onward. But what did we spot on the way back…

CB’s Nuts! A small Roasting operation right off the main highway. We made a U-turn and headed back after we zoomed by too fast to stop. We are glad we turned around. We met Mr. Roasting Guy and he sold us some fresh peanuts, pistachios, and peanut butter.


Can’t get too much fresher then this!


At the ferry dock while we were waiting for our boat I zoomed in for this shot of Mt. Rainier and downtown Seattle. If you look closely you can see the Space Needle to the right of the rest of the buildings.

Another fabulous day in the Greater Puget Sound! To end the day we met my other kids, Dan and Katie, at PF Chang’s for dinner. A very full day that made this lady pretty tired but joyful.

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About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

19 thoughts on “Port Gamble in Washington

  1. Love the hats Daaaling!
    Ellen, what a wonderful adventure you had and the tea room looks truly delightful. Is Edmond one of the islands? I’ve never been to Seattle, but want to go sooooo very desparately. Do you have Timmy Horton’s up there?

    Cori, Edmonds is a city on the Seattle side of the Sound (north of Seattle) Kingston is the city on the opposite side of the sound from Edmonds. Kingston and Port Gamble and lots of other wonderful towns are part of the Kitsap Peninsula. Then across the Hood Canal from the Kitsap Peninsula is the Olympic Peninsula on which the Olympic National Park and the Hoh Rain Forest are located. This Peninsula also extends to the Pacific Ocean… Oh and I don’t think we have Timmy Horton’s. Are those in Canada?

  2. Oh, oh! I want to go, too! Can I come next time???

    Tea and Yarn, a perfect combo.

    ALL the hats looked great on EVERYONE.

    I loved the photo with Mt Ranier in the background. Do you know what is so amazing about that photo? Mt Ranier is not covered in clouds and mist!

  3. Oh what fun! Josh was definitely a sport! The hats are too fun! Now I know what you were talking about when I called you and you said – “oh there’s the Space Needle” 🙂

    So good to be home and be able to enjoy the rest of the weekend here!

  4. Hi Ellen,
    I always drink hot tea when I go to tea, but it tends to dehydrate me so I always have a tall glass of water. I’m finding that some of the herb teas don’t bother me as much. Iced tea has the same effect and I was once told by a Dr. that I couldn’t drink tea at all.

    Thanks for the info on Washington…it’s so beautiful that I wonder if you become depressed thinking about coming back to Southern California. Of course we do have our qualities.
    Oh, I wanted to participate in your post about who would you travel with and where? Would that be OK? I know I’m a bit late, but better late than never.
    🙂 Cori

  5. Another beautiful afternoon spent on the Sound.
    I enjoy looking at each snap and seeing all the little things that you pass by while off on these adventures. The Seattle area is hard to beat…but let’s not tell too many people! :)) It’s rains alllll the time! Right! 🙂
    How old is Dan? Does he like to build all kinds of things?

  6. Oh my gosh, that looks absolutely delightful! All the pictures make me want to come up and visit, I miss Seattle!

  7. This sounds like a perfect spot to have a blogging reunion. Oh how absolutely delightful. Does it have B&B’s ?
    Ellen, you wore a hat. . and I thought it suited you just lovely. I love to explore places like that especially with the ones I love. Your pictures of course were lovely.

  8. Hi Ellen — I’m back, via Paul’s comment page. We have a mutual acquaintance, I don’t read his blog much but do read his comments on Cliff Morrow’s blog.
    He visited me this morning as I had been off to Blogstock ’08 and he missed and read what I wrote about it.

    You are having a wonderful time in Washington. Fort seems to be a very nice place to visit. We haven’t been to Seattle for a long time but did do Vancouver and Victoria Island a couple of years ago.

    I’ll peek in a gain. Thanks for the reports! 🙂

  9. It looks like you guys had such a fun day! I’ve never been over to Port Gamble, I’ll have to do that sometime – although I’m running out of days 😦

    The picture of Mt. Rainer totally caught me off guard – I guess I’m used to seeing it smaller than downtown Seattle because of the distance and my perspective of it. But in your picture it looks absolutely massive compared to the city! So cool!

  10. In response to the tombstone engraving you found… Supposedly on another one with the same inscription these words were scratched in.

    To follow you I’m not content
    Until I know which way you went.

    Kelly, Well that is quite a good point that scratcher is making…

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