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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Ho, Ho, Hoquiam

Yup, we are in Hoquiam, WA today.  We arrived here about 12:30 or so today.

Last night was the first varsity football games in our area.  I worked the Ridgefield at Fort Vancouver game as the white hat (that’s about all I do these days).  It was a good game for the first one of the season and didn’t really challenge the crew.  We had one double foul call with a change of possession (fumble) which gets a bit complicated because the defense has to decline the offense’s foul to keep the ball and sometimes the captains aren’t too bright.  They just want to accept the penalty to push the other team back not realizing that they lose the ball in the process.  But we really had no major problems.   The coaches were easy to work with, the sportsmanship was pretty good, and the weather was fantastic.

After we arrived here at Hoquiam, I got the RV all connected and setup.  Then we went to Westport for the afternoon to the seafood festival at Westport, about 25 miles away.  When we left here, the temperature was about 86 or so.  It stayed that way most of the way to Westport.  But as we got closer to our destination, over a span of 2 miles, it dropped 14 degrees! The sun was still out and everything, but that drop really showed the effect of the Pacific Ocean on moderating the temperature!.

Also along the way, we went past Grays Harbor College.  The sign at the entrance listed their name followed by “Home of the Chokers.”  Not sure that is a great name for your team!  I thought maybe someone was pulling a prank and changed the sign or maybe hacked the computer that drives it.  So I looked them up online and sure enough, they are the Chokers!

When we arrived at Westport, we had a good view of the boats moored in the marina.

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A view of the east dock area

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A view of the west dock area

As you can see above some of these boats are fairly big (over 100’) and they can easily stay out on the ocean.  A few were large enough to be on the Deadliest Catch, a TV show about catching crab up in Alaska.

The festival was actually pretty small.  There were about 15 craft booths selling various wares.  The festival is known for their seafood dinner that they serve ($15 per person, $12 for seniors).  They had a stage with some live music.  There were probably about 250 people at the festival while we were there (2:30-4:00) with some leaving and arriving all the time.

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The festival with people waiting to buy their dinner.

We came home to the RV after our visit to Westport and their festival.  The Wi-Fi here at the park is not working so Carol and I are using our phones to access the internet.  This being the Labor Day weekend, I doubt they will get it fixed before we leave on Tuesday.


Donna K said...

Is that logging country? I was wondering if the Chokers were in reference to loggers who set chokers. That's about as bad as the Muckers we saw in Nevada...that was a reference to mining but what a name!

Love the photos of the boats and the beautiful blue water.

Phyllis said...

Marinas are always beautiful sites. We were in Newport, RI yesterday and stopped at a couple of theirs.

Sounds like you had an enjoyable day.

Jack Durney said...

Glad you enjoyed our area. And yes, choker setting is a logging term for the men who wrap long steel bindings around logs and then they are hoisted to the landing where they are loaded on to log trucks.

Curious name for those not familiar with logging that is for sure if but not as bad as Muckers.

You might also like to know that Joh. Madden played for the Chokers while in college football also Jack Elway who grew up in Hoquiam and whose son John is the great Hall of Fame quarterback of the Broncos coached the Chokers for a numer of years before moving on to Stanford and other universities. Like setting chokers, taking PE from Jack as I did was very, very hard work. I could only take it for two days!

Jack Durney, Mayor
City of Hoquiam