Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Good Poulsbo

So after spending a couple of weeks on the Olympic Peninsula, it was time to take the moho back to Poulsbo RV  (in Everett, Washington) in order to continue a repair saga that has been going on for weeks...literally...but more about that in another post.  

The ferry crossing we previously took was such a pleasant experience that we decided to give it another and we set our sites for the Kingston - Edmonds ferry.  But, before boarding the ferry and setting sail across the Puget Sound we spent a night in the nearby town of Poulsbo at the very spacious, yet not very fancy, "Wal-Mart RV Resort".  There are not many times we spend the night in Wal-Mart but this fit our bill for one night. 

Poulsbo is a totally cute water town that proudly displays its Norwegian heritage.  Hints of Norway adorn town buildings, influence quaint shops, and are seen in town statues at the marina.  So now let me point highlights that made us really enjoy our time in Poulsbo.  One, of course, involves food and the other torpedoes.  Keep reading, I will explain the torpedoes in a minute.


We discovered an aspect of this town that had us throwing the covers off, wiping the slumber from our eyes, throwing on that comfy sweatshirt and heading to the waterfront so we could explore the meat of the town.  No need to make coffee…because we are in Washington and coffee is everywhere.  The destination was Sluys Poulsbo Bakery where we laid eyes on the famous delicacy known as the viking cup and wished we had gotten up earlier.

The viking cups - delivered by the pastry gods.
 












The other wonderful experience we had in the area (and one that was not so waistline damaging) was a visit to the Naval Undersea Museum (in nearby Keyport, WA).  Upon suggesting a visit to this wildly obscure museum to Betsy, I got a roll or two of the eyes but when I said it was free her eyes refocused and she grabbed the car keys.  It turned out to be one of the really cool, wonderfully presented, highly informative, and captivating museums that had us repeating the clich├ęs “who knew,” “wow,” “hang-on I’m still reading.”

The mission of the museum is "to collect, preserve, and interpret naval undersea heritage, science, and operation for the benefit of the U.S. Navy and the People of the United States."  In short, here is a museum where you can dive into the undersea world without getting wet.  The museum is hands-on and interactive to keep kids interested and wondering while descriptive enough to keep military buffs engaged.

Greeting you outside the museum is the sail portion of the SSN Sturgeon.  The Sturgeon was a fast attack, nuclear submarine in service from 1967 - 1994.  The primary mission of the sub: find and destroy enemy submarines.
The museum is proud to say that it has the most comprehensive permanent display of torpedos in the world.
Some of the first torpedos were constructed back in the late 1800's.
And some explore the modern age when technology was improved to focus on range, speed, and stealth.
I don't want you to think the museum is all torpedos because there really is so much more.  When you first enter the museum there is a display on the ocean environment which explores the challenges that greet those exploring below the waves.

Many interactive exhibits let you experiment with undersea challenges like buoyancy
Once you move into the portion of the museum that explores submarine technology, you step into the replica control room from the SSN Greenling.  Here you can play with the periscopes, ships control panel, alter the ballast, and touch the controls that fire the torpedoes.  

Hurry up kid, I want to play with the periscope.
 The museum continues with exhibits on diving and salvage.  A host of equipment from the early days of exploring the depths to the modern equipment worn today is on display.



I think I will stay on land.
Poulsbo was a perfect end to a great trip along the north coast of the Olympic Peninsula.  We were happy that we stayed, ate, and learned.



3 comments:

  1. Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" ** Well hell yes, this is another reason. Looks like so much fun.
    I can't wait to escape my corporate b.s. position.
    and join in on the fun.
    Reading of your adventures is enjoyable and inspiring.

    Have good week.

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  2. The town looks delightful, and the museum looks very interesting too.

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  3. That was downright evil, posting pictures of those Viking Cups...

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