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Sunday June 16, 2013 – Port Gamble Trails
Today we drove to Edmonds, parked the car, and rode our mountain bikes to the Edmonds ferry terminal. For each passenger + bicycle the cost was $8.70 to ride the ferry over to Kingston. Cyclists are special…they get to load first!
Why were we smiling? Because the purpose of our trip was to do some exploring on the Kitsap Peninsula. Eric wanted to check out the Port Gamble Trails.
To get to the trail system, we rode ~8.5 miles on roads (mostly uphill):
- Kingston ferry terminal to NE West Kingston Rd
- NE West Kingston Rd to Miller Bay Rd NE
- Miller Bay Rd NE to NE Gunderson Rd
- NE Gunderson Rd, across Bond Rd NE (Hwy 307) to Stottlemeyer Rd NE
- The south entrance to the Port Gamble Trails is located on Stottlemeyer Rd, past Gracey Trail Ln NE
Initially, the trails were smooth, somewhat sandy, and exposed to the sun. It reminded us a little of mountain biking in Bend, OR.
Soon after, we were enveloped by lush forest. The canopy became quite thick, and the riding surface was a little more rooty. We gradually made our way north, grinning all the way.
After riding ~7 miles of fantastic XC trails, we exited the system where Kitsap Ave NE joins Hwy 104. We then rode another ~6.5 miles along Hwy 104 to get back to the Kingston ferry terminal.
When I spotted this sign for CB’s Nuts, I insisted that we stop in for a taste.
Total mileage on the bike = 21.9 miles (~15 miles road, ~7 miles trails)
Total vertical = 3444 ft (1701 ft climbing, 1743 ft downhill)
Trip duration = 3 hours, 55 minutes (starting at ~10:45 AM and ending at ~2:45 PM)
The above figures were obtained from my Bike Tracks App. I started it when we got off the ferry at Kingston and stopped it when we completed our clockwise loop back at the Kingston ferry terminal.
I’m including our trip data because this is a trip definitely worth repeating!
One reason that we decided to take this adventure on this particular day was to visit my uncle Jeff at the Edmonds Art Festival. He is a comedic artist. Check out his work: Art That Makes You Laugh, by Jeff Leedy.
No active day would be complete without a satisfying, quick meal. I’d like to make a plug for Baja Fresh, a vegan-friendly fast food restaurant.
We order the “bare” veggie burrito (i.e. no tortilla and served over romaine lettuce instead), without cheese, without sour cream, and with extra guacamole. Each order comes with a small basket of chips. From the condiment bar, we select fresh cilantro, lime, and various hot sauces.
That’s a wrap to our fun day Sunday!
Have you ever been to a typical North American “ski-in, ski-out” village? Vegan-friendly dining isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.
If you look around the village at Big White (and elsewhere), it’s obvious that every restaurant serves up meat, meat, and more meat. It’s exasperating and depressing.
“Vegetarian” doesn’t necessarily mean “veganizable.” It’s typically code for cheese, cheese and more cheese.
Vegan skiers, don’t despair. You can have a perfectly powder-licious ski experience and find some great vegan grub at the same time. All it takes is a little sleuthing.
Here’s the on-mountain restaurant listing for Big White.
Our trip to Big White was short (3 days). If we stayed longer, there are other places we would also try. Next time!
Check out where we did eat (and drink!)…
BEANO’S COFFEE PARLOUR
LOTUS LOUNGE – THAI CUISINE
(Don’t forget to request “no fish sauce” when dining at Thai restaurants.
Expect the food to be spicy, so speak up if you want the heat turned down.)
Vegetable Thai Spring Rolls:
Mixed Vegetables in a vermicelli wrap, fried golden, served with sweet and sour plum and tamarind sauce.
Thai Yellow Curry:
Thai yellow curry in coconut milk with potato, onion, carrots and pineapple
Black Bean Tofu:
Tofu with bean sprouts, garlic and fresh chilies in a black bean sauce
SANTÉ BAR – APRÈS-SKI
Muddled cucumber, lime, black pepper, gin and soda
I (unintentionally) had a green drink theme going on for St Patrick’s Day weekend.
The steamed edamame was green, too. And it was addicting!
Veggie Pizza, no cheese (substitute extra sauce and another topping for the cheese)
For tips on eating vegan breakfast in your hotel room, see the previous post, “Ski Breakfast & Morning Powder.”
Kebaba is a Middle Eastern restaurant in Bend, Oregon. On Friday I ate there for the first time. When I walked in the door, I was ecstatic to see that the lunch special was vegan , but my excitement was tempered by seeing lamb– baby sheep– on the menu. Of course, there were plenty of other animals on the menu, too.
No– baby sheep are no “better” than any other animal species, but yet I somehow still get a visceral reaction when I see “lamb” on restaurant menus. Is it because I never ate lamb even before I went vegan? Or, is it because I currently volunteer at a goat rescue that also cares for sheep? At any rate, it does bring up a certain question…
Kebaba is located on Newport Avenue.
I chose the spicy tomato eggplant soup with my curried tempeh salad. The soup was outstanding. The salad and pita bread were delicious.
I tried a bite of my sister’s curried lentil soup. It was almost like a puree, which I liked very much.
The “Karnabeet” appetizer (seared cauliflower with lemon tahini sauce) was crazy good. Not only could I live on cooked cauliflower anyway, but I do believe I could drink lemon tahini sauce straight.
This was a great vegan meal. It’s just too bad that the whole restaurant couldn’t be vegan. It could SO easily be!
Yes…there IS a vegetarian restaurant in Arlington, WA. Who knew? (Me!)
I actually found out about The Shire Cafe when I started volunteering at New Moon Farm Goat Rescue and Sanctuary four years ago (which is also located in Arlington).
On Fridays, I scoop the poop at the farm, and then I eat lunch at The Shire Cafe– with the owner of the goat rescue (my friend ). On weekends, after mountain biking, Eric and I like to drop in for a cold Mirror Pond and some dinner.
The Mirkwood has an ongoing live music schedule. (Past our bedtimes!)
Back to the food!!
Just about everything on the menu can be made vegan. There’s always a homemade vegan soup of the day. Most entrees come with salad, soup or fries. I highly recommend the soup, no matter what flavor is featured. Here are some pictures to make your mouth water …
Are you hungry for some vegan food yet?
Last weekend, we discovered this vegan-friendly restaurant in Stanwood, WA: The Chatter Box.
It has Malaysian, Thai, Indian, and American fusion cuisine.
We’ll be back!