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Olympic Peninsula March 2019

March 2nd, 2019 by bluegullinn

Olympic Peninsula

 

 

 

 

March into the joy of spring!

 

March heralds the beginning of spring and with a snowy February behind us, we’re excited to welcome the new season with buds bursting forth and awakening to morning birdsong. It’s also spring break for many and the Olympic Peninsula offers a world set apart from the hustle and bustle of busy student life.

 

Spring inspires us to travel, to get away and play. Come and discover a new place or visit an old favorite. Explore our trails and beaches. Try your hand at salmon fishing. Pick up garden tips from experts. Play in our spectacular parks, not to mention the show-stopper of them all-Olympic National Park, where you can still go snowshoeing! Wander through fascinating shops in our downtowns. Nosh on delicious farm-fresh fare. Step back in time to the Victorian era or welcome gray whales as they return to the Pacific Northwest.

 

We have all that and more here on the Olympic Peninsula. Plan your trip and come for some fun-we look forward to welcoming you here!

 

Marsha Massey, Executive Director,

Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau

on behalf of the Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission

 

Check out what’s happening on the Olympic Peninsula this month.

 

Request YOUR Olympic Peninsula Travel Planner Now

 

Spring inspiration abounds at the 21st Annual Soroptimist Gala Garden Show in Sequim on March 16 from 9 am to 4 pm and March 17 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club. Spring is just around the corner and the garden is waiting to awaken from its winter nap. Visit the Gala Garden Show for education and inspiration for the upcoming season. You’ll learn from expert speakers and be motivated by beautiful displays and vendors offering plants, garden tools and accessories for every outdoor space. For more info visit www.sequimgardenshow.com.

 

 

Win some money at the Annual Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby, March 8-10, with net proceeds supporting area emergency services and the Gardiner Community Center. The first prize is $10,000, second prize is $2,000 and third is $1,000 with additional prizes continually being added, including $2,000 in Mystery Fish prizes (four prizes @$500 each). Ticket sales are $40 at retail locations and $45 on line. On line sales will end Wednesday, March 6. Purchase locations and on-line tickets are at http://gardinersalmonderby.org/ 

 

Don’t delay if you’re a passionate fisherman/woman. Stay in the area and fish to your heart’s delight and maybe win some prize money!

 

 

 

 

The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNM) will co-host a speaker series with Feiro Marine Life Center (FMLC) about Seabird Tracking-How it’s done and why it’s important on Tuesday, March 19 at 6 pm at the FMLC in Port Angeles. For more info, call 360.640.9023 and if you’re fascinated by all things marine-related, read on for details about more in-depth knowledge regarding ocean and marine ecosystems.

 

 

 

The Victorian Heritage Festival returns to Port Townsend March 22-24 with new events, old favorites and even more opportunities to experience a way of life that was. Join the fun among the beautiful Victorian architecture of Port Townsend as history lives again. Check out the various events for the weekend at http://2019.vicfest.org/.

 

 

 

The Quileute tribe will honor gray whales as they return to the Pacific Northwest on March 29, at their 12th Annual Welcoming the Whales Ceremony at First Beach in La Push at 10 am. It’s followed by a meal and further festivities at 1 pm at the Akalat Center. This tradition was revived by a former school superintendent who encouraged students to go to the beach with drums and honor the passing gray whales in the same way as their ancestors. Today the tradition continues, and all are welcome to participate in the day’s activities. For more information, go to http://www.quileutenation.org/event/welcoming-the-whales/.

 

 

 

Hundreds of mountain bike racers from across the country will tackle some of the most technically demanding downhill mountain bike trails in Washington. Touted as the premier series in the country, the NW Cup Downhill Mountain Bike Series brings world-class racing to Port Angeles for two weekends: April 5-7 and May 3-5. For more into, go to

https://www.visitportangeles.com/event/nw-cup-downhill-mountain-bike-series-1/?utm_source=OPVB&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=2019

 

 

 

Start planning your trip to the Olympic Peninsula today!

 

The 2019-2020 Olympic Peninsula Travel Planner is now available.

 

Visit  www.OlympicPenisula.org/travel-planner/ to download a digital copy or request your FREE copy to be mailed directly to you.

 

The Travel Planner includes:

          • a good map of the peninsula
          • lodging/camping section
          • descriptions of local communities
          • things to do, such a birding, kayaking, geocaching
          • local events calendar, and
          • other details to help make your visit here memorable.

 

 

 

 

The 13th Annual Ocean Shores Razor Clam and Seafood Festival, March 16 and 17, is the celebration of local beach life, culture and the great bounty of the sea, featuring the area’s famous clam digs. Public clam digs are schedule in the afternoon on both days around 4 pm. For more details, go to www.osrazorclamfestival.org.

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 19, is Washington State Parks’ birthday and to celebrate, all Washington State Parks are free that day so a Discover Pass will not be required to visit https://parks.state.wa.us/Calendar.aspx?EID=4490&month=3&year=2019&day=19&calType=0

 

 

 

If there is a fourth grader in your house, you can stop at the Hood Canal Ranger District in Quilcene, Olympic National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Olympia, Pacific Ranger District in Forks and Quinault to get a Every Kid in the Park (EKIP) pass. This pass gives free access to kids and their families to hundreds of parks, lands and water for an entire year. https://everykidinapark.gov/

 

 

Winter is still keeping its grip on the Olympic National Forest in many places and forest roads remain impassible where the snow is deep. Forest roads are not plowed.

The road to the top of Mt. Walker is closed at this time for the season and will not open at the regularly scheduled time in April due to a logging operation from Washington Department of Forestry.

 

Campgrounds are slated to begin opening later in April. Check the Forest website for updates or call the Hood Canal Ranger Station at 360.765.2200 or The Pacific Ranger Station, Forks at 360.374.6522 or Quinault at 360.288.2525.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/olympic/home

 

 

 

 Visiting Hurricane Ridge in Winter – At an elevation of 5,242 feet, Hurricane Ridge is Olympic’s alpine destination in winter. Typically snow-covered, Hurricane Ridge provides opportunities for snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, tubing and more. Through March 31, 2019, Hurricane Ridge Road will open to uphill traffic from 9 am to 4 pm, Friday through Sunday, weather and road conditions permitting. All vehicles are required to carry tire chains and must be below the Heart O’ the Hills entrance station by 5 pm during the winter season. Be sure to call the Road & Weather Hotline at (360) 565-3131 to check the road status and follow HRWinterAccess on Twitter for road updates. More information for planning a winter visit is available at https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/hurricane-ridge-in-winter.htm

 

Snowshoe with a Ranger – Ranger-guided snowshoe walks will be offered through the last weekend of March, snow permitting. Walks are offered at 2 pm on weekends. The walk lasts 1.5 hours and covers less than a mile. Snowshoes and instructions are provided. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for youth 6-15 years old, free for children 5 years old and under. Group size is limited to 25 people. Sign-up begins at the Hurricane Ridge information desk 30 minutes before the walk. Reservations for a morning walk for school or community groups must be made in advance by calling 360.565.3136. Be sure to call the Road & Weather Hotline at 360.565.3131 to check the road status.

 

Lake Crescent-Highway 101 Project – The final phase of the 3-year road rehabilitation project on Highway 101 at Lake Crescent will begin March 18. When road work resumes, drivers should expect up to half-hour delays each direction during weekday work hours and slower travel times through the work zone. Longer delays can be scheduled prior to Memorial Day weekend and will be announced in advance. Check the park website for updates at go.nps.gov/LCHwy101Project.

 

 

 

Type of nudibranch

 

While on the Olympic Peninsula, check out the Feiro Marine Life Center in Port Angeles, and then take your knowledge to the abundant tide pools on our shores. April has some minus low tides if you are planning ahead, meaning that the tidepools will be exceptionally visible above the water. Immerse yourself in rocky tide pools teeming with critters in their saltwater world. Nudibranchs, as the example in the photo, can be found crawling slowly in tide pools.

 

The Feiro Marine Life Center has exhibits and staff to help you understand what you will see “in the wild” and help you check tide charts. Always check the tides before you go, not only for safety, but to be aware of how visible the . For more information about the Feiro,  https://feiromarinelifecenter.org/marine-life/.

 

 

 

Mark your calendar and save these dates for upcoming events in April 2019:

 

April 5-25, Traveling Audubon Photography Awards Exhibit, Sequim, www.sequimwa.gov

 

April 6, Opening Day of the Port Townsend Farmers Market, www.jcfmarkets.org

 

April 12-14, 16th Annual Olympic Peninsula BirdFest, Sequim and Port Angeles, http://www.olympicbirdfest.org/

 

April 12-14, Women and Film, Port Townsend Film Festival, http://www.ptfilmfest.com/Festivals/Women&Film/W&F-How-To-Fest.html

 

April 20, Earth Day Coastal Clean Up, Peninsula wide, www.CoastSavers.org

 

April 26, Fabric of the Forest Quilt Show, Forks,

http://forkswa.com/event/fabric-of-the-forest-quilt-show/

 

April 27-28, NW Wine, Cider & Cheese Tour, Peninsula wide, Olympicpeninsulawineries.org 

 

We can’t wait to see you on the Olympic Peninsula this spring!

 

 

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Named one of the Top 11+ National Parks in the USA  by TravellerSpy  Jan. 2019

 

One of Frommer’s 19 Best Places to Go in 2019

 

 

 

The most popular photo on Facebook/Olympic Peninsula last month.

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New 2019-2020 Olympic Peninsula Travel Planner Announced and image of new sign at entrance to Olympic National Park Visitor Center

 

Tourism Commission Partners and Meetings

 

 

Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission | 360-452-8552 info@olympicpeninsula.org | OlympicPeninsula.org

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