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Ride the Hurricane!

March 31st, 2012

Ride the Hurricane!

On August 5, 2012, Olympic National Park will close the Hurricane Ridge Road for its annual bicycling event.  This is the only day of the year when cyclists own this spectactular stretch of winding mountain road.  All 17 miles of it!  For the first time, there will be no pilot cars for the downhill descent, so cyclists can ride (or fly) at their own pace. At the 5,200 foot summit, you’ll be treated to snacks and beverages at the Visitors Center.  Cost is $35, and you can register at http://www.portangeles.org/ride-the-hurricane.html

After the ride, you’ll need to soak in a Jacuzzi or hot tub, of course, and I know the perfect Port Angeles Bed and Breakfast:  Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast!

Road to Hurricane Ridge, Port Angeles, Washington

Road to Hurricane Ridge, Port Angeles, Washington


That’s some pluck!

March 24th, 2012

From the dining room window, we admired this bald eagle in the back yard of the bed and breakfast. (Port Angeles and Sequim, where we are, along with the rest of the Olympic Peninsula, enjoy daily sightings of these awesome birds of prey.)  Then this little brown bird, not much bigger than a chicken nugget, swoops in and lands next to the eagle.  That’s some pluck.  For several minutes they sat silently, until the eagle finally spread his six-foot wings and flew off.  The nugget promptly hopped onto the eagle’s perch.  I could almost hear her say, “king of the mountain!”

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle and Buddy at Sea Cliff Gardens Bed and Breakfast

 


March 11th, 2012
Hurricane Ridge and the Olympic Mountains

Hurricane Ridge and the Olympic Mountains

Thanks to Tom Roorda for capturing this amazing view of our Olympic Mountains from his small plane a couple of days ago. Wow!

You can’t see her in this picture, but one of our guests, Vanessa, was visiting Hurricane Ridge at the time. She came back gushing about the spectacular views. On the ground or in the air, the Olympics are an unforgettable sight. ~Bonnie


The bald eagles are putting on quite a show, flirting and courting again. These juveniles were practicing courtship rituals–getting ready for their heads to turn white, which happens when bald eagles are mature, at about four years old. All over the Olympic Peninsula, especially near the beaches at this time of year, you can see playful, courting bald eagles.

Juvenile Bald Eagles Practicing Courtship Rituals at Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast

Juvenile Bald Eagles Practicing Courtship Rituals at Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast

Thanks to our guest, David, who snapped this photo from the window of his guestroom.  It’s way better than any of the pictures I’ve taken this month! ~Bonnie