This was a trip to the West as the title implies. My husband Ian and I are more familiar with Westport on the West Coast of Ireland. The 2 Westports are approximately 6000 miles apart and very different. Westport Washington – a Marina waterfront with many many fishing boats, places to eat, gift shops, a kite shop, ice cream shops, etc. But the area in the background is one long strip of motels and guest houses – overnight to longer stay facilities catering mainly to RV’s (Recreational Vehicles). Unfortunately some were in a bad state of neglect and decay. Others looked more cared for. An eclectic mix. And to add to the impression I had were grey skies and a chilly wind. Contrasting with this I visited the local library – a very clean, modern, up to date, facility and apparently well used by a local clientele in midMay. The real season for Westport Washington I understand is August. That’s when all those condos and beach houses are used by their owners. But as for the more permanent year round population, I was just trying to figure it out. I think I would have similar questions in many summer coastal resorts in off-season. Having said all that, I loved the place where I stayed (possibly the only guests). It had a certain off-season charm. Glenacres.
At Glenacres, a path leading down to the more muddy area, note the dark clouds in the distance. It was overcast the whole time I was there – not really very long – less than 48 hours, But the host at Glenacres said he was feeling sun-deprived. A not uncommon feeling in an area near Grayland?
Despite my wet feet and overcast skies, I just wanted to set up my easel and start painting. But maybe from indoors at a picture window after a brisk walk in the wind on the great expanse of beach.