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A 3-day weekend is perfect for driving around the bridge closure

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on May 21, 2009 at 10:42 pm with No Comments »
May 21, 2009 10:42 pm

OK, so we have a 3-day weekend. Finally a weekend long enough to hit the Olympic Peninsula.

The Hood Canal Bridge is still out meaning you’ll have to take the long way to visit Port Townsend, Port Angeles or most of Olympic National Park. But I made the trip last week to play at Port Townsend and go sailing at Sequim Bay and it’s well worth the extra driving. Plus the drive is gorgeous.

If you go, here are a few tips.

1. Slow down in Hoodsport. There was a cop perched at the intersection of Highway 101 and Highway 119 both Saturday and Sunday.

2. Don’t go via Whidbey Island. Taking the ferries from Mukilteo to Whidbey Island and then Port Townsend is a fun way to reach the peninsula. But with the bridge the reservation list for the Keystone-Port Townsend ferry seems to be booked each day. You’ll likely have to wait two hours or more for the ride. It’s quicker to drive.

3. Camp. Last weekend I swung by several state parks on Highway 101 and they all seemed to have amble extra sites despite the great weather. By contrast, a ranger at South Whidbey State Park told us all of the campsites on the island were booked last weekend.

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