Peninsula: Hundreds applaud arriving Paddle Journey canoes in Port Townsend; Sequim area, Port Angeles next

PORT TOWNSEND — Hundreds of spectators viewed a scene out of the Pacific Northwest’s past Sunday when 17 tribal canoes landed on Point Hudson.

The stop was the first on the North Olympic Peninsula for the 2004 Paddle Journey, which will eventually wind up on Vancouver Island next week.

The canoes arriving Sunday were paddled by members of about a dozen Puget Sound area tribes.

They will be joined by many more pulled by members of Peninsula tribes as the journey moves on to Jamestown, near Sequim, today and Port Angeles on Tuesday.

On Point Hudson, hundreds of onlookers and support crews for the canoes looked on from shore, applauding the arriving canoeists and snapping pictures of the colorful event around 3 p.m.

The public will get another chance to see the canoes in Port Townsend today as the crews depart around noon.

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