Port Townsend WA

As a nomadic traveler, I encounter really great people, but some inspire me like Eldon and Charlotte, who are an exceptional couple. They reached out to me via my blog and suggested a meetup as I traveled into Northwest.

I highlighted the couple in a 2019 blog post after meeting them at the 2019 Pacific Crest Trail Days. (Click the link to read)

We agreed to meet at the Fort Worden Historical Park in the quaint town of Port Townsend Washington. One notable point is the movie “An Officer and A Gentleman,” was filmed on the site.

Fort Worden is located on the northeastern side of the Olympic Peninsula, in Port Townsend, Washington, where the Salish Sea meets Puget Sound. Port Townsend is two hours from Seattle and three hours from Vancouver, B.C.

Fort Worden is a 433-acre historical park originally built as a United States Army Coast Artillery base to protect Puget Sound from invasion by sea. We walked along the shoreline of the Historical Park with Baily their dog leading the way.

Port Townsend is a wonderful walking town with antique shops, various types of art stores and galleries, coffee houses, and restaurants galore. One such restaurant caught my eye with its name.

Tommyknockers Cornish Patsy” yes, it is the name of a beautiful restaurant managed and owned by Thomas and Niki Skipper. Nikki is the head chef and whose culinary skills are matched with her lifetime Culinary skills and education as a graduate from De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines with a Bachelors Degree in Culinary Arts. Her work and travels in 32-countries combined with her imagination, provide for the most incredibly tasting food items for their menu.

The menu item being offered that caught my eyes was the “watermelon gazpacho.” I have tasted watermelon and gazpacho separately, but immediately my mind began trying to imagine the blending of the tastes.

Well, it was not long after, I was served the dish, and I was thoroughly impressed beyond measure as my mouth filled with the delights of two distinct flavors, along with one being warmer than the other. I just simply hummed in pleasure as I savored what I was consuming. The flavors were so delicious, I forgot to photograph what I had finished.

Thank you, Niki and Thomas, for such a wonderful lunch.

Oh, so you want to know what a Tommyknocker is? Well, the following definition is copied from their website.

According to Cornish folklore, the Tommyknockers were the helpful spirits of people who had died in previous accidents in the many tin mines in the county, who would warning the miners of impending danger. To give thanks for the warnings, and to avoid future peril, the miners cast the last bite of their tasty pasties into the mines for The Tommyknockers.


Touring this section of the great Northwest has been wonderful with blog post followers Eldon and Charlotte, who celebrated their 2nd wedding anniversary in late August a couple of days before the meetup.

So, if you are in the Great Northwest peninsula area check out the town of Port Townsend, Fort Worden Historical Park, and try a meal at Tommyknocker Cornish Pasty.

You will not be disappointed.


  1. I fondly remember weekend trips to Port Townsend when I lived in Seattle/ Don and I met at Boeing and I took him to Port Townsend on the weekends. Of course 54 years later it has changed a lot. Did you drive there by way of Deception Pass, it is one of the most scenic views in all the NW. I hope you are touring the Olympic Peninsula while you are in my home state. Take care, stay away from Oregon and the fires. Warm regard, April Howard Irvin

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  2. I have been wondering just where you are. And now that I know, has any of your travels been impacted by the horendus fires? Sounds like you are doing well and still enjoying your nomad adventures. Take care!

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