|Setting for the Port Townsend Writing Conference at Fort Worden|
|Crabbing at Port Hadlock|
|Fort Flagler between the thunderstorms|
I have a mixed relationship with the Northwest: love its beauty and cool people and wildlife, don’t love its weather. A family event took me to Seattle and Port Townsend this weekend. It was, all told, lovely. The weather was alternately sunny and bright and rainy with thunderstorms. The sky was full of bald eagles, barn swallows, gulls and terns. Crabbing, Frisbee, picnicking went on between the rain drops. I also had the good fortune to sneak away for an afternoon class at the Port Townsend Writer’s Conference to immerse myself in the Music of Poetry taught by New Mexico poet Wayne Lee. It is always a treat to be surrounded by group bent on craft and art, be it words, music or both. Nice. Inspiring. Hard to come back. Monday is full of catch-up so I’m letting the pictures do most of the talking.