- 1. Hurricane Ridge, in the Olympic NP, is up from Port Angeles, about 55 miles west of our location. One travels from sea level to 5242' in 17 miles only to be greeted by the most magnificent subalpine landscape, meadows of wildflowers, patches of snow with grazing blacktail deer, and lots of tremendous views and hiking trails.
- 2. Cape Flattery: How about a hike to the most northwestern point in the lower US, along boardwalk trails to the very edge where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets the Pacific ocean. Again the trip entails a drive to Port Angeles, then pick up SR 112 for another 65 miles to Neah and the Makah Indian Reservation.
- 3. Seattle: Ready for a tourist day? Bainbridge Island is a destination in itself, but also the take-off point for a short 35 minute ferry ride to downtown Seattle. Just grab a map, cross the impressive Hood Canal Bridge, the world's longest floating bridge, and you'll soon be trolling the aisles of Pike Place Market!
- 5. The trip to Victoria, BC involves a very long day: up early for the drive to Port Angeles and the 8:10 ferry departure for a 90 minute sail across the Strait and into the beautiful "Garden City". The Parliament Buildings, The Empress Hotel, and many shops and restaurants are within easy walking. Or you can hop on a double-decker bus for an extended tour of exotic Chinatown, Historic Antique Row, the Inner Harbour, and exclusive residential areas of Uplands and Oak Bay. Well worth the price.
And to Poulsbo, a charming Scandinavian seaside village for yet another visit and good food. Thank goodness for all the walking we do around town, especially uptown for the Wednesday and Saturday Farmer's Market.
|Seaside in Poulsbo|
|Uptown Farmers Market|
|Always fresh flowers on display|
|Pane d'Amore...for sure!|
But mostly we just watch the grand parade!
|Kids sailing class|
|Navy ship slips by in the early morning fog...|
|And always colorful!|