Life on the Olympic Peninsula

Life on The Other Side

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Mt. Olympus, taken by Ross Hamilton (RossHamiltonPhotography.com)

Mt. Olympus, taken by Ross Hamilton (RossHamiltonPhotography.com)

Some call it Life on The Other Side – the other side of Puget Sound from Seattle. With rainfall running between 15 and 300+ inches per year, some of us encourage the rumor and keep the secret of places like Sequim that are known for being “The Blue Hole,” where there is so much sunshine.

There’s a lot to enjoy beyond the mountains, rivers, coastal seashore and forest. We’re home to the Olympic National Rainforest and we love festivals, and tourists. Steeped in history from Indian heritage through forts to protect the Sound and a Victorian seaport, and livelihoods in forestry and fishing, we mix a love of old while embracing the new.

This is our tribute to a beautiful place to live and visit.

Written by dawnpilot

September 19, 2009 at 11:35 pm

Christmas in Port Townsend

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Carolers in Port Townsend

Carolers and carriage rides add to a Christmas getaway vacation in Port Townsend

At Christmas, Port Townsend’s carolers and musicians stroll and perform outside. You can catch a horse and carriage ride and see all the decorations and lights.

Written by dawnpilot

January 2, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Fall colors bring out the Sunday drivers to the Olympic Peninsula

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Fall color is a beautiful excuse for a drive around the picturesque Olympic Peninsula. Cool temperatures encourage locals to collect wood for warm winter fires.

 

Written by dawnpilot

January 2, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Festivals on the Olympic Peninsula Draw Crowds

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The Dungeness Crab Festival brings out the best of everything on the Peninsula. Locals go crazy with kinetic race after the tourists leave. See what the area wineries have planned: www.olympicpeninsulawineries.org/events.php.

 

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January 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Boating enthusiasts enjoy the annual Wooden Boat Festival

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Wooden Boat Festival

Boating enthusiasts enjoy the annual Wooden Boat Festival

The Wooden Boat Festival (www.facebook.com/WoodenBoatFoundation) continues to bring tourists and boating enthusiasts every September. Small farms and dairies open their doors to visitors, many specializing in organic efforts.

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January 2, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Sailboat races in Puget Sound

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Watching schooners jockey for position before racing for a week through the San Juan Islands is great fun.  August is a great time for picking wild blackberries.

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January 2, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Visit the only rainforest in North America

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Baskets loaded with flowers grace main streets all over the Peninsula. July is a great time to visit the only rainforest in North America, to visit any of a number of fragrant lavender fields. Summer is a great time for farmer’s markets and festivals. Crab season starts. It’s hard to get too much of a good thing.

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January 2, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Boating around the Olympic Peninsula

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Relatively new to the Port Townsend area is the NW Maritime Museum.  Boats from kayaks to tall ships grace the local piers. Classes for adults and kids alike teach boating and sailing. The projects of the Wooden Boat School, constructing and repairing boats, are open to the public to view. Strawberries are ripe for the picking in June. Lady Washington, the tall ship star of Pirates of the Caribbean, tours Puget Sound in summer. You can see her schedule at: http://www.historicalseaport.org/lady-washington.

 

Written by dawnpilot

January 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm