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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!

Eric waiting for the ferry.

Eric waiting for the ferry.

Edmonds - Kingston Ferry

Our ferry coming into Edmonds.

Excited to try out some new trails.

Excited to try out some new trails.

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
NE Gunderson Rd

NE Gunderson Rd

NE Gunderson Rd

We had to climb a 10% grade.

We started at the south end at the Stottlemeyer Parking

We entered the Port Gamble Trails at the south end.

Click here to see the Port Gamble Recreation Map.

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.

Alder Forest

Alder Forest

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Twisted Sister Trail

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Forbidden Forest

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Exiting the Forbidden Forest

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I spotted this caterpillar crawling on Eric’s shoulder, so I carefully moved him to this tree.

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.

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CB’s Nuts

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We bought a huge bag of hazelnuts for only $6.

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!

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Leaving the Kingston ferry dock.

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.

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Jeff Leedy

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Leedy Art

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.

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill -Everett, WA

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill – Everett, WA

Baja Fresh Bare-Style Vegan Burrito

Baja Fresh Bare-Style Vegan Burrito

That’s a wrap to our fun day Sunday!

Big White Ski Resort

Big White Ski Resort

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

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Soy Latte

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Glen Plake?

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.)

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Vegetable Thai Spring Rolls:
Mixed Vegetables in a vermicelli wrap, fried golden, served with sweet and sour plum and tamarind sauce.

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Thai Yellow Curry:
Thai yellow curry in coconut milk with potato, onion, carrots and pineapple
(add tofu)

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Black Bean Tofu:
Tofu with bean sprouts, garlic and fresh chilies in a black bean sauce

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Steamed Rice

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SANTÉ BAR – APRÈS-SKI

Dirty Pickle:
Muddled cucumber, lime, black pepper, gin and soda

Sante Bar Apres Ski

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!

Naughty Panda & Steamed Edamame

Superstein Saturday

Eric with his Superstein

Elisa

UNDERGROUND PIZZA

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Veggie Pizza, no cheese (substitute extra sauce and another topping for the cheese)

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For tips on eating vegan breakfast in your hotel room, see the previous post, “Ski Breakfast & Morning Powder.”

White Crystal Inn at Big White

White Crystal Inn at Big White

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