Remember how we tried to hold our annual West End Weekend in February and Snopocalypse 2019 had other plans? We are determined to get out to the the wild west coast with you and excited to announce that our friends at Kalaloch Lodge have again agreed to provide us the fantastic rate of $99 per night on Cabin or Standard Seacrest Room rental for November 15 – 17.
Its an equally good time to experience the raw natural environment of Washington’s coast and with your JCHS community, a weekend to better understand the cultural and natural resources that make the West End a place all its own. We provide all the programming for West End Weekend free of charge, all you have to do is get there! Make your reservation here using group code WESTEND or promo code 24595P. You can also call 1-866-662-9969. Lock in your cozy cabin or room, and we’ll release the full slate of programs for Saturday, November 16 soon.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Check in at the Lodge begins at 4:00pm
Enjoy a relaxing evening, or find a watering hole and toast to the West End’s wildness.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Meet at the Peak 6 Store on Upper Hoh Road
Gary Peterson, owner and operator of the Peak 6 Store, (milepost 5, 4883 Upper Hoh Road), will talk about his new book, part of the Women to Reckon With series. His talk, called “Confluence of Cultures, the Adventures of Pansy Snell,” is about a Native American woman, Pansy Snell of the Hoh Tribe. Her story, set in the late 1800s to early 1900s is based on their grandchildren’s memories and historical research, with many connections to Hoh River country.
Meet at the Hoh River Oxbow Campground Boat Ramp Parking Lot
Hoh River Rapids Hike with river guru Bill Roney. Roney has been fishing the Hoh & Elwha for decades and knows the river like the back of his hand. He will take us on an all-ages, short interpretive hike to see the Hoh River rapids and talk about his experiences with Jefferson County’s own wild and wonderful river. Directions – drive south from Forks on 101 past the “Upper Hoh Road” exit, or, if traveling from the Upper Hoh Road turn to south, drive about 2 miles. As you come down a steep grade on 101, you will see a sign on left, “Hoh Oxbow Campground”, turn off 101 to left at campground entrance. (If you cross the Hoh River bridge you have gone too far) Campground road is one way, take right arm of one way next to river. Go past camp sites to primitive boat ramp on right, trail to rapid is just to left about 30 feet as you face boat ramp, plenty of parking, just leave room around ramp so boaters can maneuver.
Meet at the Kalaloch Lodge – Becker Suite
Steve Shively will present on the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. It is one of 14 marine sanctuaries administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The sanctuary was declared in 1994 and encompasses 3,189 square miles of the Pacific Ocean from Cape Flattery in the north, to the mouth of the Copalis River, a distance of about 162.5 miles. Extending 25 to 40 miles from the shore, it includes most of the continental shelf, as well as parts of three important submarine canyons, the Nintinat River, the Quinault Canyon and the Juan de Fuca Canyon. For 64 miles along the coast, the sanctuary shares stewardship with the Olympic National Park. The sanctuary overlays the Flattery Rocks, Quileute Needles, and Copalis Rocks National Wildlife Refuge.
Meet at the Kalaloch Lodge – Creekside Restaurant
Group Dinner at the Creekside Restaurant. Individuals and families will self-pay. We will be seated together and there will be a curated menu for our group. (Reservation required – contact Shelly)
All day in the Becker Suite at Kalaloch Lodge
Stop in anytime to enjoy an oral history listening station compiled from our collection by our Research Center Manager Ellie DiPietro. Oral History Studio, by appointment (or we might just pull you in!) Share your stories of life and adventure on the West End with oral historian and JCHS Trustee, Ann Welch. She has been gathering West End stories annually for many years, and wants to hear yours. Your contributions are valuable additions to our understanding of family histories, use of the landscape, and patterns of +life on the west side of the Peninsula. See Shelly or Ann for details on how to participate.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Thank you for coming!
Check out from the Lodge is at 11:00am, and Kalaloch says, “Lingering is OK!”
Jefferson County Historical Society
Jefferson Museum of Art and History
540 Water Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368