John Wayne’s Waterfront Resort (Sequim)

John Wayne Marina near Sequim, on the Olympic Peninsula, was our first weekend getaway destination. We had to rebook after our Airstream pickup day got postponed but eventually we made it, just didn’t get the waterfront spot I wanted. But that’s okay, we were on our first adventure! The park is located right on the Olympic Discovery Trail which makes it perfect for cycling. However, first we drove into Port Angeles to run on the trail at the most scenic section – looking across the Strait at Vancouver Island. After warming up with some coffee and tea we wandered around the Saturday farmer’s market and hunted down a donut shop only to discover they ran out and closed early – completely unacceptable! Then we tried to swim at a local pool but it was closed for a meet, and the Y didn’t have a pool. Sorry coach 😉

also the site of my first ever half marathon finish back in 2008
also the site of my first ever half marathon finish back in 2008

So instead we went for a rainy ride east around Washington Harbor and rode through the waterfront Sequim Bay state park campground that looked charming albeit wet.

Finishing up a ride on the trail - this is the road into the resort
Finishing up a ride on the trail – this is the road into the resort (and me making strange faces)

We ate at a charming restaurant in downtown Sequim and our server who lives just outside the park entrance, gave us some pointers for visiting Hurricane ridge. The camp hosts were very accommodating with our reservation change and a late checkout (for a fee of course) – since we slept in way too late on Sunday but still wanted to head up the ridge for some exploring. I really wanted to ride up it (pretty epic climb) but wasn’t feeling well and didn’t know exactly what it entailed. So we drove to the top and hiked around a little. We drove through the Heart o’ the Hills campground across from the entrance to scout it for possible future visits but determined that we probably wouldn’t fit in the tiny wooded spots. Big place though, pretty, and quite empty.

We pulled our bikes out back in Port Angeles for a quick spin on the trail before heading back to hook up the trailer. I had identified the Port Townsend Brewery (out of the way) for a dinner stop on the return trip. Upon arrival we discovered they had no food. And there really wasn’t much around. So we had some beer then walked across the street to a Safeway and picked up chinese food (last resort) and ate in the Airstream in the parking lot across the street from the brewery. Sometimes you just have to laugh and make the best of it. While enjoying our beer we saw an entry from the Kinetic Skulpture Race pull into the marina – a giant man-powered rabbit vessel. Wish we’d known and come over earlier for the event – too funny.

parking lot dinner
parking lot dinner

 

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