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 PostPosted: Wed 03 Nov 2004 3:10 pm   

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Here is Kim's info.... \:D/ Not sure if crabbing is still an option.... the whole of the Puget Sound is closed to crabbing.

While it is difficult for us to get up to Seattle, I have to say our trip to Discovery Bay last year was one of my favorites! It is a beautiful area and very diverse.

This website offers some itineraries and restaurants we liked(add the casino up the road for quick and dirt cheap) - the only problem is that I spend too much time hiking, and poking around to stick to any sort of an itinerary!
http://www.domainemadeleine.com/op.html

The grocery stores are in Sequim - including a Kroger owned store and a Safeway (if I remember right) or it's easy to stop and get groceries on the way. We took the Hood Canal bridge going to the resort and the ferry across going home - if you are needing to catch a plan GO EARLY to line up for the ferry... we were near the end of the second ferry and I was certain we were going to have to wait for a third and miss our flight! I had no idea they get that backed up.

Some of my favorites:

Tide pooling at Salt Creek Park
It is just west of Port Angeles near Lake Crescent.
http://www.northwestsecretplaces.com/saltcreek.html

Sampling wines at the local wineries
here is a map to the ones in the area
http://www.wineryloop.com/home.html

Ruby Beach near Klahloch
I spent hours here. You have to climb over the drift logs to access the beach and then it extends south for a long ways. There are tide pools in places and lots of crabs (and hungry birds!) Great place to fly a kite! http://community.webshots.com/s/image1/ ... Apb_ph.jpg

http://www-personal.umd.umich.edu/~ldkr ... beach.html

Taking the ferry into downtown Seattle
Okay, I am still a kid I guess but this was one of my favorites! Interesting vistas from the ferry and interesting vistas once you are in downtown. We had some chowder and watched the sunset from Ivans. Link to ferry: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/

http://community.webshots.com/s/image3/ ... Xqo_ph.jpg

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BandyÂ’s Troll Haven
Verrrryyy innnnntteeerrresting! I’m going to have to dig out my pictures of this place – very unique and fun.
http://www.trollhaven.org

Fort Worden
It's an old Army fort where you can tour officer's houses & bunkers etc, right on the water. There is a lot to see there. http://www.parks.wa.gov/parkpage.asp?se ... n&pageno=1

http://www.ericandsylvia.com/pictures/2000/08-13-2000/


The Olympic Game Farm at Sequim http://www.olygamefarm.com/farm.htm
We didnÂ’t do this when we were there but everyone seems to agree that itÂ’s great fun! Bring your own bread to give to the animals, and make sure not to roll your window down too far :p


Crabbing
You will need a license, crab ring, and bait (someone said the best bait is to freeze cat food overnight and poke several holes in the cans with a screw driver – 2 or 3 cans per trap or chicken legs). They have crab pots in the office! Lots of fun

From the dock, you will get mostly Red Rock crabs (very hard crab!).
If you have a boat you can get Dungeness crabs. There are buoys across the bay and to your right in front of the houses over on that side. Drop your traps in there.

You can only keep the males. When you get your license itÂ’s a good idea to pick up a guide.

This is the information for Area 6 - Sequim and Port Townsend area from the Fish and Wildlife Dept.
http://www.wa.gov/wdfw/fish/shelfish/cr ... ea06.shtml


Clamming
Before you go clamming there are a couple of things you need to do:
1. Get a shellfish license
2. Check the tides – tides below 2.0 will work
3. Check to make sure it is currently safe to remove shellfish from the beach you will be going to
4. You need a bucket, a small garden rake, and tall rubber boots as it is very muddy at times on the flats.
For clamming, people have suggested the Hood Canal, but another spot to find clams and oysters is Quilcene Bay Tidelands. Follow the directions to the parking area and if you can park in the spaces at the end of the road do it. Not the first ones you see if at all possible because the mud is really bad and you will get stuck trying to walk onto the beds.

Best place for the bigger clams is in the back of the flats near the water on your right as you are walking out. To get them just take your rake and rake the top of the mud down about a inch or so. You will see the calm appear. Clams must be 1-1/2" in diameter to keep. You can just eyeball them for size. Just wash the mud off a little and put them in your bucket. Limit is 45 per person.
http://www.wdfw.wa.gov/fish/shelfish/be ... 0500.shtml


Sol Duc Falls
There are so many drives and hikes around the peninsulaÂ… I could spend weeks checking them all out. The spectacular Sol Duc Falls are a must see! The trail head is located a short drive past the resort and camp grounds. Several trails take off from the Sol Duc Falls Trail taking you up into the Seven Lakes Basin.
http://www.normboynton.com/SolDuc2.htm

http://www.piscatorialpursuits.com/solduccam/index.htm


Mineral Pools
Driving west on Highway 101 takes you to the Sol Duc Valley road just west of Lake Crescent. The approximately 12 mile drive winds thru the valley. Two areas of interest along the way are the Salmon Cascades and Ancient Forest Trail. The Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort offers dining, a small store & gift shop and three mineral pools and a fresh Water Pool. Soaking in the hot mineral pools is a great way to relax those sore muscles after hiking all day. http://seattleinsider.kirotv.com/servic ... olduc.html

Hurricane Ridge
http://www.altrec.com/published/camp/pa ... caneridge/


Ferry – Port Angeles to Victoria
You could do this as a day tripÂ… spend the day shopping / sight seeing and then come back. Here is a link to the various ferries:
http://www.portangeles.org/51.html


Love Lavender?
Check out the lavender farms
http://www.lavenderfarms.com/


Interactive Sightseeing Map
http://www.nps.gov/olym/tourmap.htm#Hurricane


A website with a nice overview:
http://home.att.net/~rlynj2/pt400.htm

....hmmm... did I mention football? Can't wait until the new resort is open downtow """"






SO, I guess crow is on the menu tonight! :-#

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 PostPosted: Wed 03 Nov 2004 3:30 pm   
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You're crazy bud :shock: If all you want to experience is pavement then I think your plan is great. But if you want to see the sites and enjoy the world that you are passing thru s-l-o-w down :) Unless Yellowstone erupts the Upper West Coast will be there plenty long enough to see.

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 PostPosted: Wed 03 Nov 2004 4:06 pm   
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Lilrhino wrote:
You're crazy bud :shock: If all you want to experience is pavement then I think your plan is great. But if you want to see the sites and enjoy the world that you are passing thru s-l-o-w down :) Unless Yellowstone erupts the Upper West Coast will be there plenty long enough to see.
OK, OK ... I get the point... it is just that, I want to take my parents with us, and thought driving to Washington, and then taking the ferry over to Victoria, and spending a few days at two destinations would be ideal for a 10 day vacation.

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kapish wrote:

I have managed to book resorts in OR, WA and BC for July 4th week next year. Could you tell me if I can pull this off, or if I should cut it short? We have done long drives from San Jose, CA (to Oceanside, Vegas, Klamath Falls, Gand Canyon with minimal stops, and no one had major complaints.)

So, here is how it looks:

Jul 2nd: San Jose to Gleneden
Jul 3rd: Gleneden to Discovery Bay
Jul 7th: Discovery Bay to Victoria
Jul10th: Victoria to Depoe Bay
Jul 11th: Depoe Bay to San Jose

As an alternative I have also reserved Depoe Bay from July 7th to 10th, so I may not have to do the Vicoria, BC part if we think it is going to be too heavy for my family...

It is all LLW's fault She told me about the stand alone days at Discovery Bay, and I constructed a vacation around it. My thought was, since we are going all the way to the border to Canada, why not spend a few days in Victoria? Also, I felt, I could be driving to Depoe Bay anytime, but not that often to Discovery Bay and Victoria.


Hey! You don't need to build around stand-alone days! You can book long, multi-resort reservations anytime as long as they total at least one week. :whistle:

If you mainly want to go to Discovery Bay, doing it together with Victoria is logical. We have driven from Seattle to San Franscio using I-5 - going over to the coast would take extra time, and it sounds like your purpose is not to see the coast this time. It took about 12 hours going straight up and is very doable. But we have flown since then - it is much more relaxing. Have you considered flying? My first choice would be to fly, second would be to drive straight up. Your day trips from Discovery Bay could cover the Washington coast. And do the Oregon coast another time.


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herindoors wrote:
Ken -- your image keeps changing..... have you got more? 8)


herindoors,


It is the same picture. I just could not figure out how to get the whole picture in the Avitar. All I could get was my head. In asking for help, Rich offered to post it for me if I sent him it via email. So I did that and wa la the same picure just with the rest of my body and my bike. I may try again some time to change the picture, but will leave it alone for now.

Ken

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Hey! You don't need to build around stand-alone days! You can book long, multi-resort reservations anytime as long as they total at least one week. Whistle
Thanks Louise. I knew this part. I like the flexibility of reserving around stand alone days so that I can cancel part of the days without affecting the other parts' priority. (If I book a week through the WM Vacation line then to change any leg of my trip I would have to end up calling the VC-s. When they update my itinerary, they will have to reset the reservation priority and my priority is lost. As a last resort I would do this through them, but at present I am OK.)

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Kapish, getting to Victoria might be the hardest part of the trip as you cannot simply drive there, you must take a ferry. That time of the year, you will need a reservation on the ferry and you have 3 to choose from. Since you will be in Discovery Bay, you can take the BlackBall from Port Angeles. It makes 2 trips a day and is about 1 1/2hr crossing. The Washington ferry is a 3 hour trip from Antecortes and it would require a reservation as well. There is also a ferry from Tswasson, Canada but I think it is out of the way for you from DB. I would do the Black Ball, myself, as it would be the closest to DB. The resort in Victoria is great and only a few blocks from where the ferry docks. Discovery Bay is very laid back and the pool in indoor but the drive from Glenneden is not so bad if you do not go over to I-5.

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Kapish, getting to Victoria might be the hardest part of the trip as you cannot simply drive there, you must take a ferry. That time of the year, you will need a reservation on the ferry and you have 3 to choose from. Since you will be in Discovery Bay, you can take the BlackBall from Port Angeles. It makes 2 trips a day and is about 1 1/2hr crossing. The Washington ferry is a 3 hour trip from Antecortes and it would require a reservation as well. There is also a ferry from Tswasson, Canada but I think it is out of the way for you from DB. I would do the Black Ball, myself, as it would be the closest to DB. The resort in Victoria is great and only a few blocks from where the ferry docks. Discovery Bay is very laid back and the pool in indoor but the drive from Glenneden is not so bad if you do not go over to I-5.

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RickNPaula: Thanks so much for the information. If you have the phone number for these ferries handy please do post. Thanks again.

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Manoj,

http://www.bcferries.bc.ca/ and http://www.cohoferry.com/ are what you want.

The cohoferry link is for the ferry service from Port Angeles, which is the most convenient from Discovery Bay.

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Manoj,

http://www.bcferries.bc.ca/ and http://www.cohoferry.com/ are what you want.

The cohoferry link is for the ferry service from Port Angeles, which is the most convenient from Discovery Bay.

/Jim
Thanks a lot Jim. I will check these out.

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kapish wrote:
LLW wrote:
Hey! You don't need to build around stand-alone days! You can book long, multi-resort reservations anytime as long as they total at least one week. Whistle
Thanks Louise. I knew this part. I like the flexibility of reserving around stand alone days so that I can cancel part of the days without affecting the other parts' priority. (If I book a week through the WM Vacation line then to change any leg of my trip I would have to end up calling the VC-s. When they update my itinerary, they will have to reset the reservation priority and my priority is lost. As a last resort I would do this through them, but at present I am OK.)

Manoj,

Each of your "individual reservations" get all grouped together if you book multi-resort reservation. If you go in and start making changes... you do not necessarily get new reservation numbers for the sections that are not changing. It is your reservation number (earlier reservations have lower numbers)... that determine your priority. Bottom line is that you do not necessarioy loose priority by booking a multi-resort stay even if you make some changes. Only the resorts that actually have any changes would normally lose priority.

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Friends, here is an update...

Everything is confirmed for the trip!

Fri July 1st: Klamath Falls ; [just a stop over]
Sat July 2nd: Gleneden Beach
Sun - Wed (Jul 3rd -6th) Discovery Bay

<--Port Angeles/Victoria/PA Ferry reserved-->

Thu - Sat (Jul 7th - 9th) Victoria
Sun, Mon (Jul 10, 11th) Depoe Bay

Tuesday July 12th - Drive home!


Thanks again for all your kind and helful suggestions. I used http://www.cohoferry.com/ to make the reservations on the ferry. (If you were to use the link to do online reservations, make sure to use Internet Explorer!)

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How fun! You're going to update us when you're on the road, aren't you?

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Thanks. I may not be able to do a "blog on the road" but shall try :)

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