What do you call it when you want to get out of your house—your neighborhood—your town? When you want to see something different? Cabin-fever? Join the club!
When we can’t take a long trip; maybe we’re visiting Aunt Suzy in Seattle and want to experience Washington before going home. Here’s a solution. For a few weeks we’ll take a section of the state and describe what you will see from the freeway as you whiz by, or if you have more time, the by-roads you can explore. Comment if you’ve been there.
Today, we drive the Loop around the Olympic Peninsula. (Ala The Covered Bet.)We begin in Edmonds. north of Seattle, a charming town with a fountain, shops and a view of Puget Sound and the Olympics.
On the ferry, go upstairs to fill your lungs with salt air. Gaze at the strange cormorants on the pilings. Thirty minutes later you dock in the old town of Kingston. Its main restaurant burned and hasn’t been replaced. A nice bookstore.
Drive on to Sequim (s-quim,)–less than 16 inches of rain per year.You can drive through to Port Angeles or stay awhile to see the lavender fields and taste lavender ice-cream. Yum!
Drive through the Olympic Game Farm which filmed for Walt Disney Studios. on movies like “Chartlie The Lonesome Cougar,” ( my favorite;) “The Incredible Journey;” “Grizzley Adams.”
Although the town of Forks gained fame as the setting for a teen vampire romance book series, it actually has none! A good place to browse shops and find lunch. Stop and stretch your back at the Bogachiel State Park. Run your fingers through the thick, draping moss on the old trees.
Lake Quinault is owned by the Quinault Indian Nation. At the S. tip, stop at the historic lodge.
On down the highway to Hoquiam and Aberdeen. Connect to Highway 12. Just before Olympia, turn off for Shelton, another former busy lumber town. Follow Hood Canal north, past Hoodsport (good ice-cream and raspberry wine.) On to Brinnon. Maybe shuck an oyster!
Going over Walker Pass, a treat is to drive up to Walker Mt. lookout. Surreal feeling: surrounded by thick forest and looking at Seattle! Traveling the highway, notice the big barn on the left where the Olympic Music Festival is held each summer. Listen to Wagner while petting a lamb!
You’re back on the highway that brung ya! Heading back to Kingston, the ferry and home.
Whether you make the loop in 5-6 hours or spend a day or two, the cabin-fever is gone!
Dear friend, even if you hang home, may you find fun—joy in your own backyard. Praying for you—(BTW—congratulations to Judy B who won the Crystal McVey book!)
Photos courtesy of Wikipedia