Back Alley Stairs

Getting behind the stores of Water Street, Port Townsend

The fancy Victorian store fronts on Port Townsend’s Water Street are beautiful. Ever wonder what the back of the buildings looks like? Every one of those multi-story brick showpieces has a seedy backside with patched walls, mold on walls and clutter around the bases. Then there are the stairs. Some are of wood but as those wear out, metal versions replace them.

Recycle Here

Jefferson County Recycling Center
Jefferson County Recycling Center

If you have a lot of recycling, this is where you take it. Yes, we do have curbside pickup in Port Townsend, but in the county that luxury entails hiring a private service, and they won’t pick up the whole pickup full of cardboard I just dumped off.

Moving requires lots of boxes, which I’ve been collecting for over a month. As I finish with a load of stuff, I then have to get rid of the boxes.

BTW, it’s quite fun doing this in the current weather. Yesterday, when I took this had a similar forecast to today:

“Very windy with periods of heavy rain. Lows in the 40s. South wind rising to 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 60 mph.”

After the Rain

Sun breaking through the clouds on 29th Street.
Sun breaking through the clouds on 29th Street.

Yesterday dawned dark and wet. An hour after sunrise it hardly looked like the sun was going to make an entrance all day. Puddles filled the streets as a steady rain blanketed the morning. Then around 5 pm, when it looked like the whole day would stay gray, the clouds broke and the town glowed bright and fresh.

Upstage Restaurant & PT Cyclery

Upstage Restaurant and PT Cyclery
Upstage Restaurant and PT Cyclery

The Upstage Restaurant is Port Townsend’s closest thing to a nightclub. The owner brings in some top quality jazz and blues groups and soloists. Some are local, some on national tours. The food is reasonably priced and covers vary, but are also reasonable. PT Cyclery is in at least its third location since I’ve been here. It’s my main bike store.