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The 10th Annual, 61-mile Great Strait Garage Sale & Birthday Party

September 8 - 10. Get ready for a long garage sale - plus a birthday party? Help celebrate 10 years of bringing this event to the public. So much fun. Here's a milepost by milepost rundown of some of the fun ahead on Hwy 112. And, if you can't make it this year, put it on the calendar for next year. It's local fun at its best. It just keeps getting bigger and better.
  • Advertised Sales … East to West by Mileposts (mp) Watch for other sales signed on the road that are not advertised here.
  • Oxenford Farm Garage Sale … 676 Oxenford Road located between mp 57/56. Fall clean up on the farm with something for everyone. Produce, jellies, apple and berry pies, baked goods, quilts and bags, exercise equipment, misc. household and furniture items.
  • Multi-Family Garage Sale … 81 Hart Road (off Freshwater Bay Road, up 9/10 mi. turn left) mp 57/56 Tools, fishing gear, truck, saddles and horse tack, household, washer/dryer … LOTS of everything!
  • Fire Department Community Appreciation Open House…51250 Hwy 112 between mp 52/51 Just east of Joyce General Store. Check out our yard sale from 11am-3pm. Stop by for a free hot dog and water, and meet some of our volunteer firefighters and our commissioners.
  • JOYCE COMMUNITY SITE … At Joyce Depot Museum mp 51 Drawing for a give-away “birthday” cake to celebrate the 10 th Great Strait Sale
  • Plant sale … Joyce Community Site … Joyce Depot Museum mp 51 Young, unusual geraniums for your indoor winter pleasure. Assorted succulents. Organic tomatoes. Oma’s Acres. Gertie Rohrbach
  • Half-Corked Coasters Garage Sale … at Joyce Community Site, Joyce Depot Museum … mp 51 Handmade coasters! Large selection of styles and designs including Seahawks, WSU, UW, Olympic National Park, Port Angeles, Lavender … and many more to choose from!
  • Family Kitchen in Joyce … across from the Joyce General Store … mp 51/50 Mention this ad and get $1.00 off any entrée … Saturday, September 9 th only.
  • Crescent Grange Parking Lot Sale in Joyce mp 51/50 Furniture including tables, chairs, cabinets and recliner.  Also vacuum cleaners, light fixtures, pictures, books and movies. Proceeds help support youth scholarships and grange activities.
  • Big 5-Family Garage Sale … 92 Gossett Road (Whiskey Creek area) between mp 49-48 Antiques. Garden art. Furniture 1st-class and 2nd-hand items. Knick knacks. Lots of junktiques … and other neat stuff!
  • CLALLAM BAY/SEKIU COMMUNITY SITE … Clallam Bay Visitor Center mp 17/16 Music from 11am on into afternoon … Mary&Barney (Bluegrass) and Buddy Cloy (variety)
  • Strait Shots Espresso … 17295 Hwy 112, east entrance to Clallam Bay, between mp 18/17 The “Only Drive Thru Espresso” on beautiful Strait of Juan de Fuca Scenic Byway 112. Now serving Burgers, Hot Dogs, Chili Dogs.  $1 off any drink or meal with mention of the “Great Strait Sale!” Huge moving sale and other sales at this location as well!
  • Unique Junque … 16795 Hwy 112, next to Sunsets West Co-op, between mp 17/16 “Fun Days Fireworks” rummage sale! “Goodities and Oddities” too numerous to mention!
  • Sunsets West Co-Op … 16795 Hwy 112 … in “downtown” Clallam Bay between mp 17/16 Mention the Great Strait Sale and get $1 off a $4 "soup of the day".  We have ice cream and fun local goodies. Fresh local produce and a fine place to rest during your day of treasure hunting. See you at the sale.
  • Lions Club and others … 5th and Bogachiel in Clallam Bay mp 17/16 Lots of miscellaneous … and furniture, too … at old Fire Hall next to Lions Club. Check us out, could be some good finds for the right person in this big sale … even “GUY” stuff!
  • Three Sisters of Clallam … 16590 Hwy 112 in Clallam Bay mp 17-16 Big green building in Clallam Bay … lots of great buys and bargains!
  • Collectibles and More … 16732 Hwy 112 (across from Visitor Center) … mp 17/16 Collectibles: pottery, china, costume jewelry. Gently used and new clothing. Prom dresses. Household items. 60’s playpen. Lots of items (more than just a garage sale).
  • Breakwater Inn … Middle Point between Clallam Bay and Sekiu on Hwy 112 … mp 16/15 Breakfast ~ Lunch ~ Dinner. “Home of the Breakwater Sandwich” … 5% off meal with mention of the “Great Strait Sale” … Saturday only.
  • NEAH BAY COMMUNITY SITE … Village Market (by Washburn’s store) in Neah Bay Ask here for information about and location of individual sales in the community.
This event sponsored by the Juan de Fuca Scenic Byway Association, a non-profit org.  P.O. Box 188, Joyce, WA 98343 www.highway112.org  Contact: sandrabalch@olypen.com

Spend the night to enjoy the area: Take note of the Vietnam War Veteran’s and Korean War Veteran’s Memorial Highway designations and visit the Neah Bay Veteran’s Park Visit the Depot Museum in Joyce and the Makah Museum in Neah Bay Visit the Clallam County Parks at Clallam Bay, Pillar Point, Freshwater Bay and Salt Creek Recreation Area

Have fun. Drive Carefully. And, find good treasures along the Scenic Byway to go with the memories of our beautiful Strait of Juan de Fuca and surrounding landscape.

Hummingbirds in the winter? Yes!

Anna's hummingbirdIf you are a birder, young or old, you'll add to your life list on the Olympic Peninsula. I'm interested in them, but I'm not a birder - YET. I know that this area almost always leads Washington State in high counts of species during spring migration. The Christmas bird count a big annual event for the Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park along the Olympic Peninsula Discovery Trail. The reason for my investigation?  I've noticed hummers hanging around my house for the last few days. My curiosity was up. So I started some research about these lovely little guys that chose to stay here in the winter. Boy, was I surprised.     In looking for bird information, I found listings for over 350 species that visit the Olympic Peninsula. We have three different types of hummers. Anna's, Calliope and Rufous Hummingbirds all have been reported. Maybe on examination, I think I know which one I saw. Anna's like to live in the forests, brush areas and in town. It is a permanent resident along the West Coast from British Columbia to northern Mexico. Calliope's like to live in the forests and have only been seen on the Olympic Peninsula a few times. They are the smallest - about three inches long. (The ones I saw seemed more robust!) That leaves the Rufous hummingbirds. They live in forest, brush areas and in town. They are rarely seen in the winter. They are common in the spring and early summer, and fairly common in the fall. So I probably am not seeing Calliope's or Rufous. But, I want more information. An email to my birder friend says that Anna's should be the only ones hanging around at this time of year. According to ebird.org, there was a registered siting in Neah Bay on February 1. And, Anna's have been seen on Ediz Hook in Port Angeles within the last couple weeks. Conclusion: Anna's Hummingbirds are at my house! All this is fascinating to me. Think how far birds travel during their life times. Much farther than many of us do over the course of our life times. This graphic from Cornell Labs totally mesmerized me. Be sure to watch the animated migration.
Watch the animated version to see how far birds actually travel

Watch the animated version to see how far birds actually travel

The Northwest Coast

The northwest coast of the Olympic Peninsula, from the beaches of Clallam Bay along Highway 112 to the culturally rich Makah Indian Reservation and down to the rugged beauty of Shi Shi Beach and Lake Ozette, offers a wide variety of unique experiences. Something for everyone isn't just a cliche here. It's the simple truth.
beaches

Shi Shi Beach

For those who love the water, an unforgettable adventure awaits at Clallam Bay and along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A stay in the fishing village of Sekiu, right on the bay, is a chance to slow down while walking the docks and breathe in the sea air. For generations, anglers have launched their boats into the protected bay in search of record-breaking salmon and halibut. To the north, across the Strait are spectacular views of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Clallam Bay offers great family adventures such as hiking, camping, birding, beachcombing, diving, kayaking, wildlife watching and just about any outdoor fun that does require waiting in line or at stoplights.
Northwest Coast

Road to Sekiu by Randall Hodges

A drive up Highway 112 towards Neah Bay, home of the Makah tribe and the point of Cape Flattery, offers a chance to take in the views of the Strait. Motorcyclists especially appreciate the 249 curves of the road along the coast to Neah Bay. By the late 1700s, the Native American populations of Makahs and Ozettes numbered over 200 in villages near Neah Bay and Lake Ozette. Europeans first visited the area in the 16th century and later established settlements along the coast. Today, the outstanding exhibits at the Makah Cultural and Research Center in Neah Bay offer a look at the early life of the Makahs. The boardwalk trail to Cape Flattery offers breathtaking vistas with four observation decks where one can see Tatoosh and Vancouver Islands, sea life, and ship traffic. A two mile hike on the southern end of the Makah Reservation leads to pristine Shi Shi Beach. Only accessible by foot, Shi Shi has a special kind of natural setting that attracts those hikers looking to slow down, or perhaps even go surfing. Down the Hoko-Ozette road to the south along the Pacific Ocean lies Lake Ozette. First settled in the 1800s by Scandinavian immigrants, the area around Lake Ozette was included in the Olympic Forest Reserve. At over nine square miles, Lake Ozette is the largest natural lake in the state of Washington. The Ozette Triangle is a popular 9.4 mile loop from the recently uncovered ancient village of Ozette at the northern tip of the lake, along the cedar-planked boardwalk through wild forests and meadows to Cape Alava, down the primitive beach to Sand Point, and back another cedar-planked trail to Ozette.

Top Five Fall Campsites

fall campsites Fall is a fantastic time to camp on the Olympic Peninsula. Depending on your campsite, you can see the leaves changing from green to gold, birds on their migration journey, and even salmon making their annual pilgrimage. Between Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest, state and county parks there are many campsite options. Below are five of our favorite fall campsites on the Olympic Peninsula. Since there are many types of camping- RVing, car camping, backpacking, etc- we've tried to include options for everyone. Sol Duc - On the western side of Olympic National Park is the Sol Duc Valley. Home to Salmon Cascades, Sol Duc Falls, hot spring pools, and dramatic old growth forests, the Sol Duc Valley has much for visitors to explore year round. Campers can pitch their tents beneath the canopy of towering, moss covered trees. In late October and early November visitors can watch coho salmon leap through the air on their journey to spawn up the Sol Duc River. Continue reading