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Olympic Discovery Trail

While in Sequim, we had a chance encounter with a local cyclist who told us about the Olympic Discovery Trail , which is a 17 mile cycling/walking “rails to trails” path between Sequim and Port Angeles, WA.

We decided to check it out.  We left Sequim and cycled the 17 miles to Port Angeles, had lunch and hung out at the coffee shoppe, and then cycled back.  I had a blast!  The ride was great.  Mostly flat, but several areas with steep hills.  The path winded over covered bridges, along the water of the Straight of Juan de Fuca, thru forests, next to ranches and farms …

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Skwim, WA

Oh, I mean Sequim.

As we were driving from Port Townsend, WA to Port Angeles, we decided to make a short stop along the way into Sequim, and ended up staying 2 days!

Sequim seems to be a nice small town to retire to.  Current population is around 4,400, however, the city has been increasing in population dramatically in recent years due to the influx of retirees from the Puget Sound region and California.

There are A LOT of activities for seniors [most seemed to be for FREE], and lots of recreational activities…a wildlife refuge is nearby, 17 miles of Olympic Discovery Trail [Rails to Trails] for walking or cycling, bird watching [eagles nest] water/boating/fishing activities…

Sequim is the “Lavender Capital of North America” with about 40 lavender farms in the area.  Last weekend was the annual lavender festival.

FYI – the village of Dungeness is about 5 miles north of Sequim, on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Apparently Dungeness Crab was named for the crab from this village, where the first commercial harvesting of the crab was done. 

Correct pronunciation: DungeNESS Crab

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