25-Apr-2005 -- 48 N – 123 W Olympia Peninsula, Washington, USA
This was Ray’s second line hunting trip in the US this year and it just so happens that the previous one was also a point on 123 W (38N-123W). As for Doug, this was his first line hunting trip, even though he is a real hunter of pheasants and deer.
This particular point is located about 8.5 km as the crow flies from Doug’s home near Port Townsend. When Ray came over for a quick overnight stay before a flight out of Seattle the next morning, the chance of a quick hunt was just too good to pass up. Additionally, the weather was great, and a little walk in the woods would be good for body and soul.
We started off a little after 4 pm and drove around Discovery Bay and headed towards Blyn at the end of Sequim Bay. From the bay shore of Blyn, the confluence point was about 2.3 km and we took the woods road heading up the hill. Less than one km from the confluence point, we stopped at a side road which headed more directly toward the point but we found that it was locked by a gate. We started walking at this location by following what turned out to be the service road for the power lines.
This confluence point was located near the northern edge of the Olympic National Forest and the power line road could very well be the boundary of the National Forest. We stayed on the power line cleared area until it was 330 meters from the confluence point before we cut into the dense pine forest.
Even though the final stretch was only 330 meters in the forest, it was a rather strenuous approach. This is because there were more fallen trees than standing ones. An added complication was the poor GPS reception due to dense foliage. It took us almost 20 minutes and a major sweat to pinpoint exactly the confluence point. We reached it at just about 5.30 pm.
All in all, a great little hunt. A great drive and easy access from the main road, a good uphill walk plus an obstacle course in the woods. Also at the edge of the forest, a good view of Sequim Bay, a section of the upper part of the Olympic Peninsula.
For Doug, who is a nature photographer with a GPS with limited use until now, it looks like this could be the start of a different type of hunting career.