Fort Worden is essentially in Port Townsend, a cute little late 1800s town along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Port Townsend is adorable. The buildings look like ones you'd see in San Francisco or, closer to home, in Pioneer Square. Old, big bay windows, unique facades and paint jobs.
Fort Worden State Park is really neat. It's where they filmed the movie "An Officer and a Gentleman". There were plenty of neat old buildings and things you'd expect to find at a military fort anywhere in the U.S.
We thought that was neat and all, but we really came for the beach. Miles of sandy beach, that is. Perfect views of the tankers and boats coming into Admiralty Inlet (the entrance to Puget Sound from the Strait of Juan de Fuca, essentially). We even saw cruise ships, much like the one we took to Alaska for our honeymoon. It was really neat! We actually saw them twice: Once when we rode the ferry boat back between Edmonds and Kingston, and again when we reached our beach destination. Our ferry captain actually made an announcement that we were going to arrive a little late due to the cruise ships blocking our path. We rode over the wakes and it really made the little (ha!) ferry boat rock and roll.
It was perfectly sunny and clear, even if we did have to wear our sweats!