First Snow In the Mountains

Winter is a magical time on the Olympic Peninsula. We just had the first snow up on Hurricane Ridge and will soon have much more. Ski and snowboard season will soon be here.

Funny thing is most people think hiking season is over. That’s just wrong. It just means lowland coastal hiking has just begun, as long as you don’t mind the wet.

There are many great winter hikes in the area and one of our favorites is The Cape Flattery Trail. This trail goes to the most northwesterly point in the contiguous U.S.

Details of the hike at the link. Bonus points for this hike is unlike most of Olympic National Park, dogs are allowed!

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/cape-flattery

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How Do You Get There From Here?

How do you get there from here?

Pt 1 From the north, central and east Puget Sound area

How do I get there?

Probably one of the biggest questions we get at OVC.

As with most questions there’s the easy answer and there’s the best answer.

Being the adventuresome type I probably know more and better ways then most people how to get here. In this blog post I will let you in on the best ways to get to the Port Angeles/Sequim area from everywhere in the northwest, in all seasons and conditions.

First up, from mainland Canada and North Puget Sound. Here are the 2 best ways to do this route. The shortest route and the best route. Shortest route has you going on Highway 20 off the I-5 freeway. It’s about 20 miles and a half hour shorter on paper but, and a big but here, can take way longer. This is due to having to take the Coupeville to Port Townsend ferry as well as slow traffic. Most Washington State ferries run on a pretty regular schedule but the P.T ferry has some issues such as 1 size, 2 weather, 3 tides. All of these can bring your quick trip to a grinding halt in a hurry especially in the winter. The other way is I-5 to Edmonds and then a ferry. This is my preferred choice. The main reasons are XL Super Ferries hold more cars and operate in all weather and tides and start earlier in the morning and run later at night. Also you are going freeway speeds most of the time.

So here’s the pros and cons of each.
Highway 20 Port Townsend route.

Pros:  Slower paced, better scenery, nice small towns to stop in and visit along the way.

Cons: Ferry is unreliable. Route can be full of traffic, especially in summer. Ferry waits can take a long, long time due to only 1 ferry on the route.

I-5 Edmonds route

Pros: Freeway speeds the whole way. Large, reliable ferries that start very early and run till very late.

Cons: Not a scenic drive till you get to the ferry. Lots of traffic on weekends and holidays will slow you way down.

Pro Tip: Hwy 20 Port Townsend. If your good at planing your route and drive time you can make a reservation for the ferry.  https://secureapps.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/reservations/vehicle/Mobile/MobileSailingSchedule.aspx?cookieCheck=true

Pro tip: Edmonds. Don’t travel Friday afternoons or early  Sat. mornings. Reverse if going the other way,  don’t go back Sunday afternoon unless you have to! Day tripping to Seattle? Park your car in the Park And Ride in Kingston and take the train to Seattle from Edmonds for a day trip without the parking and driving hassles.

While we keep going down the Puget Sound corridor our next way to get here comes from the North Seattle to the downtown Seattle section. This also includes if your coming into Western WA. from I-90 or US 2 from Eastern WA.  Now  you have 3 options, the Edmonds ferry, the Bainbridge ferry or the drive around Hood Canal route. US 2 or North Seattle always take the Edmonds ferry unless your plans take you to downtown Seattle. I-90, Downtown to South Seattle most likely you will want to take the Bainbridge  route. All routes, the drive around to Hood Canal is twice as many miles but roughly the same amount of drive time.

To be continued with I-5 Puget Sound and south WA coast

That’s it, That’s all

It creeps up slowly and then Bang it’s all over. Were talking about winter that is. The fruit trees are starting to bloom and the snowline is starting to move up the mountains. See for yourself with our new webcam.


For me though it can be a tough time of year because it’s time to say goodbye to my best friend for the last 5 months, The Hurricane Ridge Ski Area. The last weekend for lift serviced skiing and snowboarding is this weekend. It’s been a great season and the last month has been filled with fun events like the family friendly citizens races.

As well as one of the largest snowskate contest in the world, Strapless Weekend In The Olympics.

Now it’s down to the last weekend of the season, insert sad emoji here.

Don’t worry about me though, I have plenty still to do. Now I have to get ready for skate season, surf season, hiking season, biking season, BBQ season, outdoor cocktail season, pool season. Whew, were did the time go it will be snow season time before I know it.

 

Gone Hunting

Hunting for internet links on Olympic View cabins that is.

We spend a lot of time trying to show people what to expect when they book a stay at OVC. That means adding fresh pictures, content, activities and even our new webcam page to our rental listings and website.

We have control over that content but I wanted to see what the internet had to say about Olympic View and this is what I found.

Lonely Planet. I used lonely Planet guides all over Europe and it never let me down. Small but a good review for us.

Intimate Weddings.  A wedding website. Looks like a nice wedding at OVC.

Pinterest. Looks like the Pond Cottage gets pinned a lot on Pinterest. Why isn’t the Compass Rose or Log Cabin on there? Maybe a different search term would bring them up?

Small House Bliss. Looks like the Small/Tiny House movement has taken a shine to the Pond Cottage.

???????  Don’t have a clue but were 1st!

Puget Sound Express. They guaranty they will find you whales. They found us.

The Pictram. Some kind of Instagram aggregate.

Cabin Obsession. 3 pages, all about OVC!.

Yandex. Dont speak Russian.

Youtube.  Cool video from youtube.

Well that was fun. Didn’t find anything bad so that is good. Will try this again another day with other search terms.

You cant survive on adventure alone.

Sometimes you have to eat. Fortunately there is no shortage of good restaurants, pubs, take-out and delivery shops in the Port Angeles and Sequim area.

This week we decided to try the new Hibachi style restaurant in Port Angeles, Soho Hibachi  soho

Located in downtown Port Angeles with abundant parking close to the restaurant it’s easy to find and reasonably close to Olympic View.

As with most Hibachi style restaurants the meal prep is half the fun.

Pricing is in the moderate to expensive category depending on which menu you order from and what you get.

hibachi menu

Address is 134 W. Front St. (6.90 mi) from OVC
Port Angeles, Washington 98362  PH (360) 504-2682

 

 

The Triple S

You roll into your favorite watering hole, pub, restaurant or gathering spot of your choice. It’s Sunday and everyone has a story to tell about their weekend adventures. Player one, Johnny, pulls out his phone opens up a pic of a super fun day surfing La Push, raving about how good the sunset was, not to mention the surf.

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Sunset at La Push

Player two chimes in about how he killed it snowboarding at the Ridge today, then unlocks his phone to show the proof with a pair of powder shots.

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Sunrise Run at  Hurricane Ridge
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Gullywood at Hurricane Ridge

They all had top notch pics but I new I could top them this weekend. It’s now down to me. How should I play my cards? I decide to lay down my 3 of a different kind hand, yes the world famous but hard to achieve, Triple S. Surf, Skate and Snowboard in a single day. There are only a few places in the world were this can be done. And there is only one place it can be done and still be back in time to get your cabin at OVC ready for your check in  at 3:00!

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Sunrise surf on the Straight Of Juan De Fuca
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We ride in the Olympics every day
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Port Angeles Skatepark.

Triple S. Done and Done. I better start planning my next weekend now if I want to stay on top of our weekly adventure game.

Surf Forecast    http://nxnwsurf.com/washington-state-surf-forcast/

Snow Forecast   http://nxnwsurf.com/washington-state-skisnowboard-weather-forcast/

Skate Weather  http://nxnwsurf.com/skate-weather/

Backcountry snowboard day on the Olympic peninsula.

A wise old Native American friend once told me, trees on mountain white, go snowboarding, trees on mountain green go surfing.

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Hurricane Ridge from the Log Cabin back deck

Obviously this was going to be a snowboard day.
Loaded up the rig and 17 miles later I was at the “Ridge” the best kept secret in WA.

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Almost there

Although one of the smaller ski areas in the state it makes up for size a few different ways. It has great beginner terrain as well as intermediate and advanced terrain. The area is the kind of place where locals drop off the kids in the morning and pick them up at the end of the day.  A true throw back to a bygone carefree era.

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Bunny tow

But really what sets the Ridge apart is the unlimited access to both lift served and hike to backcountry skiing and snowboarding. From the top of the intermediate lift you have access to about 3 miles of ridge line with runs dropping down to the road for an easy hitch hike back to the ski area. Or you can drop down the other side of the ridge line and skin back out. There are also countless acres of terrain to access from the parking lot and spots along the road. It is well worth a visit for a day, weekend or a lifetime.

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Sunrise Ridge
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Sunrise Ridge to Mt Angeles

www.hurricaneridge.com for ski area info

https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/visiting-in-winter.htm for info on Olympic Nat Park

www.nxnwsurf.com for ski and snowboard rentals