Magazine article Sunset

Reporter's Notebook

Magazine article Sunset

Reporter's Notebook

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Hood Canal Floating Bridge. This bridge, a mile west of Port Gamble on State 104, was nicknamed "Hood Canal Sinking Bridge" after it went down in a 1979 storm. Gets you to the Olympic Peninsula. Enormous Trident nuclear submarines occasionally pass through the span, stopping traffic for miles.

Wolfe Property State Park. First right after crossing the bridge is Paradise Bay Road. From there it's1/2 mile to Seven Sisters Road, then right and 1/2 mile to the beach and park. Wander north along Bywater Bay, or south to Shine Tidelands State Park. Beachcomb, dig for clams, gather oysters, or watch winter birds on the water between the park and a lovely little island called Hood Head.

Mount Walker. Between mileposts 299 and 300 on U.S. 101, look for the dirt road to Walker's 2,804-foot summit. It opens, weather permitting, in March or early April.

* Divers' paradise. Two dive shops near Hoodsport hint at other Hood Canal secrets: long underwater walls and ledges that lead to the canal's 500-foot-deep trench. Giant octopuses (the world's largest) share these ledges with wolf eels, rockfish, crabs, urchins, and anemones. …

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