Spring Beauty and the Weather Beast

Hood Canal early March 2017

View of Hood Canal

Weather in early spring can be a fickle beast, and sometimes keeps us from enjoying the beauty of the Hood Canal region.

Hoping to get a clear sunny day for a mountain hike, a warm day to go clamming or work in the garden, a calm day to take the boat out, or a clear night to have a campfire and view the stars,  we sometimes curse the beast! Maybe it just feels worse this year because February and March were more rainy than normal.Spring Crocus

But just like the movie, the secret to welcoming the beast is to accept it for what it does; creates Snow-capped Olympic mountains, cascading waterfalls, rainbows, and the lush Olympic Forest with all its inhabitants.  Including Skunk Cabbage as long as its down-wind.

Skunk cabbage

Pretty skunk cabbage

 

Posted on March 28, 2017 at 12:55 pm
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Winter at Hood Canal

Winter days at Hood Canal can be cold and clear, making for wonderful hiking.  The summer crowds are gone and the local elk can often be seen.

On the flip side, winter storms come through whipping up whitecaps on Hood Canal and sometimes hammering us with rain.  This is a great time for inside home projects, like Artfully Organizing your Bookshelf.  When you are done with that, put you feet up and enjoy a good book…

Looking for inspiration for a new read? My go-to places are:

Amazon.com

The Library and Overdrive

Barnes and Noble

Goodreads.com

Audiofilemagazine.com

Kirkusreviews.com

Posted on January 20, 2017 at 3:12 pm
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Fall Home Tune Up Projects

Before the wet and cold weather arrives, makes fall the best time to tackle home maintenance projects that are vulnerable to the weather.

For ideas, check this list of the top things to take care of before the bad weather sets in: The List

Even the best handyman or woman doesn’t know it all. So we’ve put together a list of local service providers that may be able to help: Service Providers

Of course, you can always search the internet for fixit tips and home maintenance “how-tos” We’ve put together some popular ones below.

HowStuffWorks.com

ThisOldHouse.com

DIYNetwork.com

YouTube.com/HouseImprovements

 

Posted on September 29, 2016 at 1:27 pm
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Crabbing Hood Canal

September 5th is the last day of the summer crab season on Hood Canal. Here are helpful crabbing tips. Enjoy!

Crabbing Hood Canal

Posted on September 1, 2016 at 8:16 am
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Winter at Hood Canal

Rocky Brook Falls in winterHiking in the winter at Hood Canal offers hikers spectacular views on crisp, sunny days from the trails of Mt Zion, Mt Townsend, Mt Walker, and Mt Ellinor.

But even cloudy, misty days offer the benefit of less people and choosing hikes with waterfalls and moss covered trees: Dosewallips River hike, Steam Donkey trail, Murhut Falls, Lena Lake, and Staircase.

Use the hiking guide at wta.org and choose the east Olympics region for more hiking options.

Posted on December 29, 2014 at 4:09 pm
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