It was late afternoon by the time we finished our short hike along the Cape Flattery Trail and enjoyed the breeze where the Straight of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean meet. Having not been on the Makah reservation for many years, we stopped in Neah Bay on our way East. The Makah Tribe has a fantastic heritage museum and the outdoor grounds are dog-friendly. The Makah's are whalers so a lot of their art reflects that. I wish I knew a bit more about the gorgeous artwork we enjoyed outside of the museum. Maybe learning more about the art we saw is a good reason to return to the area again very soon. The museum and the grounds were mostly deserted because the town was busy preparing for Makah Days. This festival sounds like yet another thing I'd like to come back to the area for. We did enjoy our self-guided museum grounds tour. I think the grass felt nice to the dogs feet after the mostly plank boardwalk hike to Cape Flattery.
Going on a road trip with the dogs and not planning every last detail is very, very out of my comfort zone. Doing anything and not planning every last detail is very out of my comfort zone! But I worked tirelessly to plan the prefect cross-country trip for the dogs and I so I thought it might be fun for us to just have a few "anything goes" days on the Olympic Peninsula. After all, if something went wrong, we were just a few hours drive from home. So here we were, our last night with no plans or reservations and I didn't want to have to give up and go home. Internet searches for a pet-friendly motel were taking too long with extended network reception. It was time to just go into motels and ask if they'd take three dogs. As I waited in line at the front desk of the first motel with a "vacancy" sign we passed, I had good enough reception on my smart phone to check their ratings and it wasn't bed-bug bad. They were pet-friendly* and very affordable! We are very lucky Nomads.
There are a lot of wonderful things to do in Port Townsend but we only had the morning to spend there. After some fabulous coffee at Sunrise Coffee Company, we went on a hike at Fort Worden State
The dogs are not usually allowed on the bed in a motel and if they are, the motel bedspread gets covered. The sleeping bag and another sheet we brought was under all of the dogs when I first allowed them up there. We were very bad pet-friendly motel guest and are now advertising it on the internet because this picture is too cute not to share. Sorry.