The Swamp

It is Fourth of July weekend, and until a few days earlier, we had forgotten that for coastal towns this is prime time for tourism. Despite the busy sidewalks and trouble finding parking, things in Port Townsend, Washington, feel as slow as muggy summer heat, though it should be kept in mind that the hub of the small harbor town only consists of a few blocks of small shops, most of which seem to sell antiques, and a handful of local cafes and restaurants. Also, the high is 64 degrees, and the humidity is nearly non-existent. It is a much-needed break from the busy days and atypically warm temperatures we left eight hours away in eastern Washington. We make plans to run away and relocate here.