The area’s tourism promoters have produced a handy guide to help
out-of-towners sound like locals.
It’ll help your East Coast and California friends (and maybe
even you) avoid several common verbal blunders. At all costs, you
want to avoid referring to a certain north peninsula town as
‘See-kwim.’ Say ‘geoduck’ the way it’s spelled and you might hear a
record scratch and all conversation around you suddenly halt.
I ticked through the Explore Hood Canal list with
the confidence of a fourth-generation Kitsaper. I admit, though, I
was tripped up by Twanoh. I have always pronounced it ‘Twah-no,’
and I’ve heard people in the state parks system, which includes
Twanoh State Park, pronounce it the same way.
According to the guide, Twanoh has a few extra vowels that are
invisible in the written word. By Explore Hood Canal’s reckoning,
my two-syllable pronunciation of ‘Tu-wa-nu-ho’ is two
There’s also debate about the proper pronunciation of
Dosewallips. I say it – and will always say it – ‘Dosey-wall-ips.’
The tourism guide agrees. But
Exotic Hikes, a guide to Olympic National Park, suggests
‘Dose-wall-lips’ might be the right way. And if you want to really
want to go back to the source, you might call it
The river Hamma Hamma is easy to pronounce, but what about the
oyster and oyster company Hama Hama? Trimming a few m’s apparently
changes pronunciation quite a bit.
You can find the Explore Hood Canal pronunciation list
There’s a small waterfront park on Dyes Inlet that’s so hidden
away and forgotten that even its owner didn’t know it existed.
According to property records, the Kitsap County Parks
Department has owned the 2.6-acre Chico Way property for eight
years. Yet none of the department’s staff had heard of the property
when I asked questions about it last week. It doesn’t appear on
their property inventory list or on parks department maps. There
are no signs at the site identifying it as a public park.
“None of us were around when this was (acquired),” Parks
Director Jim Dunwiddie said after consulting with his staff. “I
asked around and said ‘there’s a property there – what was the
thought on it? Why do we have it?’ People here thought maybe it was
supposed to be a preserve or for fishing.”
Both uses would be a good match for the property. Covered in
alder, blackberry and ivy, it sits near the mouth of Chico Creek,
the most productive salmon stream in the county. The creek is a
popular spot for salmon watchers and salmon anglers, who gather
around the mouth every fall to hook returning chum.
I ran into a few fishermen when I visited the property the other
day. They were casting near the property’s tidelands but didn’t
know about the park. They had been using the Kittyhawk Drive
roadend, on the other side of the creek, to park and get to the
beach. There were four vehicles packed into the roadend on my last
The park is steeply sloped but flattens out near the creek’s
mouth. There’s no parking, but the shoulder on Chico Way is wide
enough for a few cars. Chico Creek Lane runs through the property
before dead-ending at the creek. A deer path leads to the beach and
500 feet of parks department-owned shoreline.
My interest in the property was piqued by a local trails
advocate who has been scouting the area for a possible bike route.
In his research, he thought he saw a reference to a county park on
Chico Way. I’ve become pretty familiar with the county parks system
and know of only one Chico Way park, but it’s about a mile to the
south of the area he described.
Dunwiddie said he has no plans for the park because, well, he
didn’t know it existed until now.
The property’s slope limits development options. The upper
section, along Chico Way, could be an ideal spot for a viewing
platform. It’s quite a vantage point, overlooking the creek,
estuary and Erlands Point, with Silverdale and Windy Point visible
across the inlet.
On the property’s southeast side is a small parcel owned by the
Suquamish Tribe. The tribe also owns the tidelands fronting the
park. The tidelands get daily use by anglers thanks to an
arrangement in which the Kitsap Poggie Club supplies a portable
toilet at the Kittyhawk road end and keeps the place tidy.
To the north of the property is a private home. The brush is low
at the property line but don’t mistake this for a trail. There’s a
small marker here that hints at how the property came under the
parks department’s ownership. It reads “Funding Provided By the
Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account” and identifies a couple state
agencies. Not the most informative sign, but it gave me a hint
about how this property came under parks department ownership.
Nearly a decade ago, Kitsap County, the Suquamish Tribe and at
least three state agencies teamed up to purchase land and restore
the creek mouth and estuary. It was a big project that eventually
led to the removal of a concrete culvert and the breaking up of
“As a direct result of this project, Kitsap County was able to
seek funds to purchase the 1.1 acre waterfront parcel to add to the
county parks system,” a 2007 project description states.
I guess no one bothered to let the parks system’s managers know
they had a new park. Or maybe parks managers forgot about it.
Either way, property records clearly name “Kitsap County Parks
& Rec” as the owner. Rather than 1.1 acres, as was mentioned
above, the park is listed as 2.58 acres in property records. The
December 2007 sale price is listed as $300,000.
Oh, and it even has a name. “Place of Salmon County Park” is how
it’s identified in a vegetation map tucked in those forgotten
documents from the not-so-distant past.
Getting there: The best place to park is along
Chico Way, just north of the Highway 3 offramp. To get to the
water, walk down the newly-blacktopped Chico Creek Lane and head
left through a gap in the brush at the bottom of the slope.
The two pieces of the Olympic Discovery Trail will soon be
Work is underway to replace the Dungeness River Railroad
Bridge’s long wooden trestle, which was
damaged by high river flows in February. The span has been
closed ever since. Cyclists and other trail users have had to take
a 3-mile detour, including a stretch along busy Highway 101, to get
to the other side.
Near Sequim, the bridge is part of a 30-mile paved trail section
that gets about 10,000 monthly users during summers.
The trestle is expected to reopen late next month.
The Jamestown S’Klallam
Tribe owns the bridge and the 28-acre Railroad Bridge Park
surrounding it. The tribe was quick to gather together $1.53
million in state and federal grants and tribal funding to pay for
The project involves removing 38 creosote-treated pilings, which
will improve the river’s salmon habitat, and installing
prefabricated bridge sections made of steel and other long-lasting
materials, according to the tribe.
You can watch some of the work in the above video by Jay
The Jamestown S’Klallams were, by the way, the first tribe in
the nation to receive ‘bicycle friendly’ designation from the
League of American Bicyclists. The designation was largely in
recognition of the tribe’s support for the ODT. More on that
And for more about the trestle damage, head over to
Check out the Olympic Discovery Trail’s website here.
A recent Stanford University study suggests that hanging out in
nature may boost mental health.
Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of
Science, the study found that people who walked for 90 minutes
in a natural area, as opposed to those who walked in a high-traffic
urban setting, showed decreased activity in a region of the brain
associated with depression.
Or, you can watch a funny video (above) that basically says the
The spoof on prescription drug commercials makes a compelling
case that Nature (in this case, the name of a fake drug) can
improve your health, well-being and may make you “question what the
(expletive) you’re doing with your life.”
Beware, side effects can include “spontaneous euphoria, taking
things less seriously and being in a good mood for no apparent
A team made up of Kitsap Sun journalists managed a respectable
showing at last weekend’s Wilder Hare Triathlon in Hansville.
Coming in 16th place didn’t earn the shiny trophy, but hey, Team
Fit2Print (get it?) did beat about two-thirds of the
Sun editor-in-chief and marathoner David Nelson handled the the
10 K route with ease, placing second overall. Fresh off a
Portland-to-San Francisco bike ride, cops and courts reporter Andy
Binion had little problem with the race’s hilly 28-mile ride. South
Kitsap and education reporter Chris Henry was the team’s swimmer.
Her route was a one mile (two laps) around chilly Buck Lake.
Andy and Chris give much of the credit to David, and not just
because he’s their boss.
“David crushed it, coming in second with a really good time,”
Chris said. “He’s modest saying he was part of a team versus people
who started the run after the bike and swim.”
Chris said the West Sound Triathlon Club pulled off a great
“They did a wonderful job. A lot of work, a lot of fun,” she
said. “Between WSTC and the Kitsap TriBabes, I would say there is a
very healthy (no pun intended) triathlon culture in Kitsap County.
For me, a 60-year-old with a (mostly) desk job, it gives me
incentive to do fun outdoor activities.”
The 141-acre property on Harstine Island is not yet an official
state park but it is open to the public. No signs mark it as a
state park property and there are no park amenities, such as
parking, bathrooms, trash cans or running water. Basically, it’s a
big undeveloped property with what park officials say is one of the
best beaches in the region. Click here for a
bunch of park planning documents on the property.
Before I give the directions, I want to note that the property’s
use as a public park has been controversial with some folks in the
neighborhood. They’re worried about traffic, trash, noise, fires,
trespassing and other negative side effects that they say come with
a state park. One reader told me this week that “No Trespassing”
signs are cropping up like weeds in the area. Thankfully, all the
readers of this blog are smart, considerate people so I don’t even
have to mention that you should never litter, start illegal fires,
trample nearby commercial shellfish beds or do anything that
violates the rules of conduct at a state park.
OK, so to get there from Kitsap, head south on Highway 3. About
20 minutes after passing through Belfair, get ready to make a left
on East Pickering Road. Take Pickering across the Harstine Island
bridge and then take a right on South Island Drive. Take a left on
Harstine Island Road and then a right on Ballow Road. Continue on
Ballow a little more than a half mile. Where Ballow veers sharply
to the left is where you should start looking for a spot on the
roadside to park.
As I mentioned above, Fudge Point has absolutely no parking.
Park staff have told me you can park along the road but you have to
be careful about driveways and the sensitivities of nearby property
In the road’s bend (opposite from a clear cut) are two
side-by-side driveways. The driveway on the right is the access road into
the Fudge Point property. The other driveway (without a gate) is
private. So remember: no gate = stay out. Gate = go right in. The
gate is locked and no motorized vehicles are allowed on the park
property. The driveway, actually a former logging road, is about a
mile long. You can walk it, or better yet, mountain bike it.
The above map shows the logging road’s route in yellow.
At the beach you can enjoy a 3,000-foot-long stretch of sand, a
lagoon rich in wildlife and some great views of the Key Peninsula
and Mount Rainier.
As you can see from the above video, the 1.5-mile-long route is
mostly a plan at this point. There are two finished sections, but
Chris had to join with vehicle traffic a few times and ride along a
few narrow shoulder sections. Read more about her ride
The path has been in development for about five years. The
completed route will run from the Annapolis ferry dock (where Chris
starts her ride) to
Port Orchard Marina Park. Recently, the state chipped in $3.5
million to help construct the east portion of the route.
Two guys fishing for salmon north of Seattle came home with
quite a fish tale. Make that a squid tale.
Brought in by the tide on Sunday morning was what might be a
robust clubhooked squid. Dwellers of the deep, these real-life sea
monsters rarely make their way into Puget Sound. When they do,
they’re usually found dead like this one was. This may be due to
the sound’s shallower depths, higher temperatures and lower
salinity. Basically, the squids need it cold, dark and salty.
The squid, which was found on Shoreline’s Richmond Beach, was
partially eaten and was missing at least one tentacle. It was just
under 7 feet long and was estimated to be about 65 lbs.