Out in the Salish Sea, between Sequim and Discovery Bay, is a wild place named Protection Island. After years of damage from farming, development and even artillery practice this island wildlife refuge is recovering and thriving. The Shoreline, grasslands and bluffs are the breeding and nesting grounds to a wide variety of bird species. In fact it’s one of only two Puffin breeding grounds left in the Salish Sea. While the island is closed to visitors, boat tours are permitted 200 yards off the shoreline. Booking a summer boat tour is your best chance to view the elusive puffin. The Puget Sound Express offer 3 hour Protection Island Puffin Cruises all summer long. Cruises depart at 6:00 PM from Port Townsend on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. Plan a summer adventure touring the Salish Sea and spotting rare wildlife.
Run a marathon this summer with stunning water and mountain views. The North Olympic Discovery Marathon (NODM), happening this June 2nd and 3rd, is an incredibly scenic course. The race begins at the 7 Cedars Casino in Blyn, connects to the Olympic Discovery Trail, then weaves through Sequim’s Bay State Park and downtown. After crossing the Dungeness River Railroad trestle bridge, the trail opens up to sweeping farm and mountain views. And the last five miles runs along the shores of the Salish Sea until the finish line at Port Angeles City Pier. In 2017, this gorgeous course drew more than 2,000 runners from 36 states and six countries. Runners of all levels and ages are welcome and there is an event for everyone. Join the marathon or cheer on your athlete as they go through downtown Sequim or meet them at the finish line festivities in Port Angeles.