Parking: John Wayne Waterfront Resort
When we were living in Washington, I knew of Sequim, but I didn’t really know about Sequim. If I had, I would have bought property years ago. It’s in the rain shadow, and when the rest of Western Washington is cloudy and rainy, Sequim is bright and sunny. It’s interesting because only a few miles away, the rainfall doubles. Another few miles away, and the rainfall doubles again. A few more miles away and the rainfall is over 180 inches per year.
Sequim is mostly made up of older, retired folk, so it’s a slower-paced town. The views are spectacular, and there is a Rails-to-trails bike path that goes from Port Townsend, across the northern part of the peninsula, and will eventually go all the way to the coast.
John Wayne used to visit Sequim, and his heirs run the resort. They have set up a mini-museum in the RV park office with all kinds of memorabilia from his life and films. Though I am not generally a fan of private RV parks because of the sardine nature of the sites, the guests (at least the winter-time guests) were quiet and respectful, so it wasn’t too bad.
One of the questions that we are asked as we tour the country is “what has been your favorite state?” We keep answering “Washington” because of its beauty and variety. Although we have enjoyed travelling, we have been missing being able to spread out to build something. Both of those reasons combined with the desire to be able to sometimes leave the boat behind and to have a better zip code for health insurance made us realize that we want to have a Homebase. We want it to be somewhere in Washington where it’s not too wet, so the Sequim area seemed pretty ideal. We spent a lot of time walking, biking, and motorcycling to all kinds of lots in the area – raw land, houses that needed work, sites on the water, sites in the woods, ex-meth-lab lots, etc., but we could not find the right property. Sequim is a fairly hot market, and with the numbers of folk retiring to it from all over the country, it has just gotten a little ridiculous. Plus they have some serious nut-jobs working at the city. There was one lovely lot – 100 year old farmhouse, 3 acres, right on the bike trail – that we would have taken, but the city had zoned it High Tech Commercial though it is in a residential area. We talked to the city about the zoning, and they think they are going to get a software company to build there. They are smoking crack. No software company is going to be successful recruiting young talent into a town that is essentially a retirement community.
The rest of the Olympic Peninsula is too wet for us, so it’s off to Eastern Washington to try our luck there.