Mother Nature at Her Best

Glines Canyon

Glines Canyon

Parts of the Elwha River area are OPEN for viewing

The largest dam removal project in US history began on the Elwha River in 2011, removing two, 100-year-old dams. The Restoration part of the project is underway and the Elwha River is flowing freely from its headwaters in the Olympic Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca for the first time in 100 years. With the dams gone, salmon and other migratory fish are returning to 70 miles of spawning habitat, bringing with them the promise of a restored ecosystem and renewed cultural tradition for the Lower Elwha tribe.

To witness some of Mother Nature’s magic, you now can visit Elwha River Restoration Viewpoints. In the above photo, there are two sections high above the river that remain for visitor use as viewing platforms. The one on the right is accessible now and after additional work, the left viewing area will be open later in 2015 when interpretive signs are installed and the parking lot is complete.

The former Elwha Dam (Lower Dam, as it was called)/Lake Aldwell lake bed and Glines Canyon Dam/Lake Mills lake bed sites, as well as Olympic Hot Springs Road are open to the public. The parking area at the former Glines Canyon Dam site remains closed; and the Elwha River and its tributaries within Olympic National Park are closed to all fishing. Boating is prohibited from Upper Lake Mills Trail to Altair Campground.

About Glines viewpoints — here’s a map of the access for both the Whiskey Bend Road (east) side and the Olympic Hot Springs Road (west) side. Both are open, but viewpoint and lake bed access is only available on the east side. Anticipated opening the western Glines viewpoint and lake bed access from that area is summer 2015.

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Where to find WILDLIFE. Not in town!

 

Sequim Elk Herd

RUSH HOUR on the Olympic Peninsula! Sequim Elk Herd

Although wild night life isn’t what we do well on the Olympic Peninsula, you are likely to see wild life of another kind. Above is a photo of our definition of “rush hour”. The Olympic Peninsula is separated from other regions of the state by water and lowlands, secluding the area and providing habitat to more than eight plant and 18 animal species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world! You might feel the same way when you are here…secluded, occupying a special place on the planet and definitely not stuck in the usual “rush hour”.

Fisher Release!

Fisher Release!

Olympic National Park is home to the largest un-managed herd of Roosevelt Elk, as well as deer, cougar, marmots, black bear, raccoon, beaver and mink, to name a few of the mammals. You are likely to see elk and deer, but count yourself lucky to see a bear. If you see a fisher, let a Park Ranger know, and count yourself REALLY lucky. 2010 was the last release to re-introduce fishers into the Park. Once abundant in the Park, these are elusive little critters about the size of a house cat. Here’s a video from 2009, from a motion-sensitive camera, capturing images of a mother fisher moving her kits. So cute. Good mama. So far the project seems successful! But, only the very lucky ever see one. Here’s a link to a list of some of the animals you might encounter.

Olympic Marmot on the river bank - Photo by Joy Baisch

Olympic Marmot – Photo by Joy Baisch

Marmots. Another housecat-sized animal, the Olympic Marmot is only found in the Olympic Mountains. It’s a relative to the groundhog and other marmots. Lucky hikers in the high country may see them sunning or hear their distinctive whistle. Early expeditions got their signals crossed when relying on whistles to communicate among the group. Marmot whistles were mistaken for human whistles. You can only imagine the conversations humans had before they figured out that marmots can whistle! Listen carefully, especially in the spring when lupine or glacier lilies are abundant and the marmots are out feasting.

audubon logoBirding.  The peninsula offers exceptional year-round bird watching opportunities.  We mean exceptional! There are more different species of birds following the fly-way over the Olympic Peninsula than any other area of the State of Washington. An informative guide to use to see them is in the Olympic Loop of the Great Washington State Birding Trail. The Loop shows more than 200 of the 365 bird species in Washington State and is a great tool for year-round birders. Need to add a bird to your Life List? Start here!

The Dungeness River Audubon Center (DRAC) is another resource for answering bird questions about the Peninsula. One activity sponsored by the DRAC is the Wednesday morning bird walk, led by birding experts. Learn something new and enjoy the beautiful scenery. You can participate in the data collected from bird walks to help understand bird population cycles over time. These walks are free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Another blog will talk about all the intriguing critters living in our waters and how to see them!

Driving The Olympic Loop

CaptureOne common question asked by visitors coming to the Olympic Peninsula is:  Can we drive all the way around the Peninsula in one day? The answer is YES! But would you WANT to? It’s about 308 miles around and takes about seven, non-stop driving hours. Since there are three wildly different worlds in one – misty rain forests, snow-capped summits, and rocky shores—wouldn’t you want to experience them all while you are here. For an American locale, the names sound vaguely exotic, distinctly different: Dosewallips, Elwha, Queets, Hoquiam. And how fitting, for the territory they share makes up the moody, remote, and richly varied corner of the continental United States.

Lupine near Hurricane Ridge

The drive is a popular year-round excursion, best road conditions being from April through October. By staying overnight along the Loop, YOU, the visitor can experience the richness the area. If you simply drive the Loop, you would miss Hurricane Ridge, Rialto Beach, the Sol Duc Hot Springs and the Hoh Rainforest. Not to mention the abundance of waterfalls. Check out OlympicPeninsulaWaterfallTrail.com.

Sol Duc Hot Springs mineral pools

Sol Duc Hot Springs

Lodging is available along the Loop and at certain places branching off the Loop. Take a look at all the lodging by clicking here.

Fresh Shelled Oysters

Fresh Shelled Oysters

And, of course, while you are traveling around the Loop, you’ll need/want to eat. Dine on scrumptious Olympic Coast Cuisine. From Dungeness crab and clams to wild salmon or halibut, to local cheeses, ciders, chocolates and farm fresh produce, you will find fresh and fabulous along the Olympic Peninsula Culinary Loop. Check here for members of the Culinary Loop.

Words to the wise: Bring adequate rain gear when hiking and camping. You never know about the weather here. And, dress in layers. It could go
from drizzle to warm and sunny back to rain in no time! Don’t forget to take the 10 Essentials in your backpack when you are on the trails. And, when you go beach walking, consult a tide table.

For further information: Olympic National Park, 600 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles, WA 98362; tel. 360-565-3130;  www.nps.gov/olym/.  Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau, 360-452-8552, 800-942-4042, www.OlympicPeninsula.org

Outdoor Art – Live! Paint the Peninsula

D. A. Davidson “Paint the Peninsula” Juried Plein Air Competition
Draws Artists from Across U.S. and British Columbia

Plein-air poster artFor the second year, the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center is inviting artist, art collectors, tourists, families, and friends to this extraordinary event!

September 7 through 14, 2014.

What’s Plein Air, you ask?
It is painting that’s experiencing a renaissance around the country, with artists painting outdoors using the natural light, working quickly, and producing a painting that often look impressionistic. You’ve heard of Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet or John Singer Sargent? They were all painters who painted outside.
Paint the Peninsula is a juried plein air competition on the Olympic Peninsula, with several events. Artist will submit three images of their best recent plein air art to be juried by a professional artist. The 30 best artists chosen will be invited to come and ‘Paint the Peninsula’ from Cape Flattery to Sequim. These 30 artists will produce a total of 150 original paintings of the Olympic Peninsula.
Jim Lamb painting outside

Jim Lamb painting outside

This is the only event of this kind and caliber in the State of Washington.

The artists will paint for four and a half days. Each day’s art will hang on the walls of the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center (1203 E Lauridsen Blvd) for sale.
On the 5th day, paintings will be judged by noted professional artist, Jim Lamb, and ribbons awarded.  The judging will be followed by a sponsors’ reception.
On September 13, the gallery will be open for viewing and purchasing art.  In the evening, an artists, collectors, and community reception will be held.
Sunday September 14, is the final day of the event and all are welcome to Port Angeles Fine Arts Center. On September 15, 16, and 17, Judge Lamb will conduct a workshop on plain air painting for a dozen participants!  Come and enjoy this unique experience along with the artists!
Follow our facebook page – Olympic Peninsula. We will try to keep you updated on locations where artists will be painting. We will also try to Tweet any news we have about locations. Follow us on Twitter at @Visit Olympics, #oppleinair.

Hey! Bikers? Looking for a bicycle group near Sequim?

Are you looking for a group to join for your bicycling adventures? We know of a few in the Sequim neighborhood. And since we have the Olympic Discovery Trail, what are you waiting for?

There are several groups holding regular rides in the Sequim area. All rides are approximately 20-25 miles, and all ages and abilities are welcome.

    • The Easy Riders promise leisurely weekly rides. They meet at 9:30 at Railroad Bridge Park on Mondays and Fridays and at the elk monument, east of Sequim, on Wednesdays. Contact Durk Bryant, 683-2666, for more details.
    • Sunday Morning Riders meet at 9:00am at the entrance to the Dungeness Recreation Area. For more information contact Randy, 360-477-4156. For info and map, CLICK HERE.
    • The Monday, Wednesday, Friday Spoke Folk meet at 9:30am at the Sequim Community Church, 950 N. 5th Ave. Contact Tom for details, 360-681-7053. For pdf map of routes, CLICK HERE.
  • Women on Wheels meet on Tuesdays at 9:30am for challenging hill rides and on Fridays at 11:00am for a more social pace. Both rides begin at Railroad Bridge Park, 2151 W. Hendrickson Rd, Sequim. For more information call Darlene, 360-681-3375.

Have fun, stay safe, and check out the Olympic Discovery Trail website for more information about the Trail. You’ll find maps and details, along with with lots of photos of happy people on the site. Happy Trails!

Four Hikes Around Highway 101. Get out there!

With summer coming to an end and fall upon us, there’s still time to get in a few good hikes to enjoy the spectacular weather on the Olympic Peninsula this year. Here are four hikes with different rewards waiting for your exploration.

Hurricane Ridge Area – High above the clouds

Ridge Trail near Hurricane Ridge

Ridge Trail near Hurricane Ridge

Towering 18 miles above Port Angeles, Hurricane Ridge is one of the most popular destinations in Olympic National Park. Magnificent vistas stretch far into the interior of Olympic Mountains and north into Canada and the San Juan Islands. There are many hikes in this area that you can customize to your activity level and suit your adventurous spirit.

  • Klahane Ridge is a 3.8-mile, one-way hike that gains 250 feet in the first 2.8 miles. The first 2.8 miles of this trail is on a ridge to a junction with the Klahhane Switchback trail. An additional mile climbs 800 feet on the Switchback trail to Klahhane Ridge.
  • The Hurricane Hill hike is a 1.6 mile one-way hike on a paved trail that climbs to a panoramic view of mountains and saltwater. The trail begins at the end of the Hurricane ridge Road. The first 0.25 miles is wheelchair accessible with assistance. To make it a longer hike, continue from Hurricane Hill through meadows and steep forested switchbacks to the start of the Whiskey Bend Road.

Sol Duc Area – Commune with Nature

Sol Duc Hot Springs mineral pools

Sol Duc Hot Springs mineral pools Sol Duc Area

The Sol Duc Valley offers outstanding beauty and recreation. If you are looking for a walk through the giants of the forest to a pounding waterfall and finishing the day with a rewarding soak in some mineral pools, bring your towel. You’ve found your bliss!

Sol Duc Falls is one of the largest and most beautiful in Olympic National Park, with trail and bridge access. It is the only falls with viewing from above and it is one of the falls on the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail. The Sol Duc Road passes through old-growth forest and parallels the river on its way to the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and trail head to start hikers headed into the Olympic Mountains.

Sol Duc Falls sign

Which way do YOU want to go?

The Lover’s Lane trail is a 6.0-mile loop through old growth forest that links the Sol Duc Resort to Sol Duc Falls.

For a shorter hike, 0.8 miles one way, to the falls begin at the trailhead. For a 2.6 mile hike one way, climb 1,500 feet through dense forest to the sparkling Mink Lake.
Further into the interior 3.8 miles one way, is Deer Lake with an elevation gain of 1,700 feet.

After any of these hikes, soak in the mineral pools or get a massage! Relax!

Dungeness Spit – Bring your binoculars!

Dungeness Spit

Dungeness Spit

At 5.5 miles in length, the Dungeness Spit is the world’s longest naturally occurring sandspit and home to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. Its trails and picnic areas offer breathtaking views of the beaches, Dungeness Harbor and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. If you’re up for the hike to the end of the spit, you’ll find the old New Dungeness Lighthouse, built in 1857 and now on the National Register of Historic Places. Access to the Light Station is limited to hikers at low tide and small boats in calm seas. The Dungeness NWR provides habitat for many different species. More than 250 species of birds, 41 species of land mammals, and eight species of marine mammals have been recorded in the refuge. It provides critical habitat for a number of species, some of them threatened or endangered, and is an important stop for many birds during migration.

 

Jupiter Ridge Trail – Ready for adventure?

Mt Jupiter Hiker

Mt Jupiter Trail and Vista

Trailhead is 22 miles north of Hoodsport. Enter off Highway 101 at Black Point (west Mt. Jupiter Rd –FS rd#2610-10).  Follow for 2.5 mi. to #2610-11-left fork.

From the trailhead, you rise 500 ft. over 47 switchbacks!  Don’t let that discourage you.  You crest the top of the Jupiter Ridge and hike along its back through Olympic National Forest and The Brothers Wilderness area immediately.  Along the way, several spots give breathtaking views on both sides of the trail into the Dosewallips and Duckabush River valleys. The full hike takes you around one of the two false peaks back to the main Jupiter Peak. The trail is very narrow in spots so the 360° view No. & So. is of the valleys, E. to Seattle area, and W. into the Olympics and Mt. Anderson. Roundtrip is 15 miles. 3-5hrs. (with lunch time on top) Moderate climb most of the way. Wild flowers are spectacular. BRING WATER A MUST! We stash ½ gals. along the ridge after we crest the switchbacks. Great to have on the way down and a small amount for the summit. Refresh yourselves at Rocky Brook Falls on the Dosewallips Rd (3mi.) after the hike. It’s one of the falls on the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail.

It’s All Up in the Air!

Need to Check a Hot Air Balloon Ride off YOUR Bucket List?

Air Affaire in Sequim Washington. Balloon on the ground.

Air Affaire in Sequim Washington

Whether you’ve ever wanted to go for a balloon ride or not, you’ll find all things aeronautic August 30 – 31 in Sequim. Did UP! inspire you to take to the skies? Fascinated with what the ground looks like from above? Here’s a chance for a truly up-lifting experience. Take to the skies above Sequim in a hot air balloon during the Olympic Peninsula Air Affaire!  Pre-sales for hot air balloon flights during Air Affaire are available now by contacting Captain Crystal Stout at (360) 601-2433 or airboss@nwplace.com.

Three Smoke Planes

Three Smoke Planes

If you and the family are looking for some excitement this Labor Day Weekend, the Sequim Valley Airport is the place to be.  The 2nd Annual Olympic Peninsula Air Affaire is taking place with all things aerial on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The hot air balloon rides begin at 7:30 a.m. both mornings.

 

 

Biplane closeup

Get up close and personal with the planes on the ground. Here’s a red biplane on display at the 2013 Air Affaire.

In the sky and on the ground, if you like planes and flying machines, you are going to love this event.  There will be an impressive static plane display (think car show with wings and rudders and propellers) for an up close view of a wide range of aircraft, including experimental kit planes from the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 430.  You can watch radio control model planes in action and try out the RC computer simulator.

 

 

Sky Diver!

Sky Diver!

And, don’t forget to look up.  You won’t want to miss the Diamond Point Swift Formation Team in flight, the skydivers making their leap, and the thrill of watching a real life wing walker. Be sure to meet some of the pilots, who will be on hand to answer questions.

 

 

Air Affaire Car Show 2013

Oldies, but goodies. Air Affaire Car Show 2013

A car show, live music and good food will round out the weekend experience. The Sequim Valley Airport is located at 468 Dorothy Hunt Lane, Sequim, WA 98382.   Parking fee is $5 per car. There is no admission fee for the Air Affaire.

 

 

 

For a complete schedule of the weekend events, visit http://olympicpeninsulaairaffaire.com

Race Ewe to the Fair!

2014 Fair LogoHave you been to a real, local county fair recently? Clallam County Fair, August 14 – 17, 2014, is the real deal.  Stomach-dropping rides, baby farm animals, cotton candy, scones, and live entertainment are all hallmarks of a true county fair and you’ll find them all.  www.clallam.net/countyfair
I know it’s not throw-back Thursday, but here’s a blast from the 1960s! 4-H girls modeling their aprons they made as projects for the fair. 4-H is still an integral part of the fair activities. What are the 4 Hs you ask? Head, Heart, Hands and Health. Yes, I’m in this photo.

Apron

4-H girls show off their sewing project aprons at the fair in the 60s!

History of the Fair. We can trace the origins of what has become a highlight of the summer to locals and visitors alike to October 2, 1895. Yes, that’s 1895!

After the Depression, several civic leaders in Clallam County invited the US Navy Pacific Fleet to be the city’s guest to showcase the natural harbor in Port Angeles. They accepted and sailed into the harbor on October 2, 1895, saluting the townfolk with cannon fire and music. The naval crews slept on the shore in tents. During the day, they provided exhibitions on military drills and held band concerts in the evenings. Of course, ball games were played between the Navy crews and local teams. I couldn’t find a record of who won and lost, but clearly the citizens of Clallam County were the long-run, big-time winners!

Pacific Fleet in Port Angeles harbor ca. 1900 -  photo courtesy of Clallam County Historical Society

Pacific Fleet in Port Angeles harbor ca. 1900 – photo courtesy of Clallam County Historical Society

Pacific Fleet in Harbor in the 20s or 30s

Pacific Fleet in Harbor in the 20s or 30s – photo courtesy of Clallam County Historical Society

The Clallam County Horticultural Society held an agricultural fair in the Opera House. Just look at this display of produce! What an abundance! The quilt in the foreground is a crazy quilt, the second quilt hanging is call a Double Irish Chain. If anyone has good enough eyes to identify the pattern on the quilt hanging at the back, please let us know. Looks like an American flag draped under the “Get Together” sign at the back. On October 4th, almost everyone in town attended the Harvest Home Ball. The Pacific Fleet continued to visit the area every summer until the 1930s and the fair continued to be held in the Opera House until 1920.

Opera House Agricultural Exhibit

Opera House Agricultural Exhibit – courtesy of Clallam County Parks

In 1904, a bill passed through US Congress transferring land to the City of Port Angeles and the property became known as Lincoln Park and our fairgrounds are there today.

Animals of all sizes and coats!

Animals are always a highlight of the fair. Take time in the Cat Barn and Dog Arena to view special household friends. Could your four-legged family member win a blue ribbon? And, be sure to catch the 4-H Horse Showmanship at 10:00 am, Thursday August 14, in the Horse Arena. On Friday, August 15 at 3:00 pm in the Sheep/Swine Arena, catch the Fleece Show! There’s usually a pen with piglets and their mom entertaining a crowd. Horses, cows and rabbits and chickens all have representation at the fair. Who can’t you wait to see?

Here’s a calendar of all the animal shows over four days. Capture YOUR favorite animals photos for those funny animal posts on facebook and Pinterest!

Non-stop Entertainment for Four Days

 Carnival Ride

Look! No hands! – courtesy of Clallam County Parks

Between wandering through all the demonstrations and exhibits, rides and animals, grab a seat in the grandstand, or at two other venues for music, dance and a rest or to indulge in some county fair fare. There’s a couple rodeos, a demolition derby and a logging show. Music is always part of the fair and there is local talent (and I mean good talent) for your enjoyment!

Pirate comedian

Get ‘yur pirate on with Cap’n Arrr! – courtesy of Clallam County Parks

Don’t forget to stop by the KidZone to get some basic instruction on how to act like a pirate. Bring a kid, or not. If your pirate skills need polishing, now’s your chance! Cap’n Arr will  have you rolling in the grass with his comedic take on piratism. He is only appearing Thursday – Saturday. His parrot doesn’t work on Sunday.

There’s something for everyone! Quilting, baking, stained glass, floral and agricultural exhibits and the old machinery exhibit. Over 150 food and commercial vendors.

Race Ewe to the Fair!

http://www.clallam.net/Fair/index.html

Stars! Stars! Get Close to Famous Stars!

John Goar

John Goar with two of his telescopes

If you’re around the Olympic Peninsula and can get to Hurricane Ridge for the telescope viewing and full moon hikes, don’t miss it! This is an advantage of high elevation (5,242′) with little ambient light.

2014 is the fifth consecutive summer of public telescope viewing at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. You may get to see Saturn and her moons, globular cluster M13, planetary nebula M57 (a.k.a. The Ring Nebula and galaxy M31 (a.k.a. The Andromeda Galaxy). Did you think Andromeda was only in science fiction? Plus, you can take your imagination other mysterious, far-away places through the scope eyepiece.

  • July 22 and 23 – 10:45pm
  • July 24 – July 30 beginning at 10:30pm
  • Aug. 14 – Aug. 20 beginning at 9:45pm
  • Aug. 21 – Aug. 29 beginning at 9:30pm

John Goar, your host through space, is the Astro-VIP at Olympic National Park — a volunteer who leads free public telescope viewing. John is a member of the Olympic Astronomical Society, an astronomy club that meets monthly in Bremerton, Washington.  John is also a certified Master Observer by the Astronomical League. In the offseason, John teaches math and science at Kingston Middle School in Kingston, Washington.

The Olympic Astronomical Society will have their 17th Annual OAS Hurricane Ridge Star Party on July 26th and on August 23rd, weather permitting.  Most OAS members will be happy to have the public look through their telescopes!

Full Moon Hike to Hurricane Hill

  • Saturday August 9, Sunday August 10 – DEPART 8:30pm

A three-mile, round-trip hike.  Meet at Hurricane Hill Trailhead.
It is a 1.5 miles drive beyond the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.
Please wear sturdy shoes.  A constellation tour will occur at the top of Hurricane Hill.

Both the Telescope Program and the Full Moon Hikes will cancel if there is cloud cover. For cancellation due to clouds, visitors can call the Hurricane Ridge Road Hotline on the day of the program after 3 pm.  (360) 565-3131.

Sequim Lavender Weekend – Coming Up

Sequim Lavender Field! Courtesy of Sequim Lavender Growers Association

LAVENDER! Photo Courtesy of Sequim Lavender Farmers Association

You step out of your car, take in the beauty of your surroundings, inhale the fresh, sweet aroma and you know you’ve arrived in Sequim for the largest lavender celebration in the country. Sequim Lavender Weekend July 18 – 20, 2014 is home to the Sequim Lavender Festival® and the Sequim Lavender Farm Tour and Fair. The weekend is packed with events for all members of the family.

people dancing at street fair

Boogie your socks off! Photo courtesy of Sequim Lavender Farmers Association

The Sequim Lavender Festival Street Fair is a high-energy event in the heart of downtown featuring quality arts and crafts, hand-crafted lavender products, kid friendly activities, live music and, food galore.

street fair vendors and visitors

Crafts Fair! Fun for all! Photo courtesy of Sequim Lavender Growers Association

Across town at Sequim’s Carrie Blake Park and Water Reuse Site, is the Lavender Arts & Crafts Fair in the Park featuring lavender booths, hand-made crafts, community organizations, beautiful gardens, music and more food! All in a lovely relaxed setting.

And then there are the lavender farms! Lavender growers and farmers welcome guests encouraging them to take in the beauty, scent, and total experience of this wonderful herb.

Lavender Farm

Lavender Farm. Photo courtesy of Sequim Lavender Growers Association

The Heritage Farm Tour features five iconic lavender farms each with a festival in action.  The farms offer educational workshops and demonstrations, crafts, food and beverages, live entertainment and more.  Busses are available to Purple Haze Lavender only. Admission is required for this farm tour.

The Sequim Lavender Festival Farm Tour features six lavender farms and one commercial nursery for guests to experience.  Bring your camera and a picnic and enjoy the uniqueness of each farm.  Admission is free.

A quilt show, art shows, live theater, farmer’s market, evening concerts, and cruises are just of few of the additional events taking place throughout the Sequim-Dungeness Valley during the weekend.  You’ll want to plan plenty of time to take it all in. There is a convenient shuttle bus that runs throughout the City of Sequim to take guest to events in the City. This bus does not go to any farms.

girl in lavender field

Lavender Fields Forever! Photo courtesy of Barbara Hanna

To find out more about Sequim Lavender Weekend, visit www.visitsunnysequim.com, download a copy of the Official Event Map, and begin planning your trip to North America’s premier lavender celebration.