Olympic Outdoor Center is moving…

Posted by Ken Campbell September 19, 2009 0 Comment 740 views

… and they’re having a party. The long-time Poulsbo kayaking stalwart announced its move to Port Gamble a while back and the day is almost upon us. September 26th, right in the middle of the Port Townsend symposium, and so close by. If you are one of those who has made the trip out to Fort Worden, it won’t take long to go the extra miles to Port Gamble; even if you aren’t planning on coming out for the symposium, this event alone will be worth any drive you have to make. (The grand opening is going to coincide with the town’s Old Mill Days festival, so you will have company…)
John Kuntz, OOC’s owner, is one of the good guys in the western Washington paddling community. OOC has a history of promoting the sport of kayaking, with events like this year’s Paddle Kitsap and Puget Sound Challenge, and consistently presents kayaking in a way that appeals to Northwest paddlers, while encouraging beginners to get in the game. It has helped to raise much-needed dollars for the Washington Water Trails Association, among others, and the kids programs that have been a cornerstone of the business are the best anywhere.

Like I said, there’s a party. I don’t have all the facts, the schedule, those critical points… but I’m sure they’re out there on the interwebs somewhere. One might look around for the particulars if one were curious, maybe even giving OOC a call before they terminate Poulsbo operations on September 21st. (1.800.592.5983)

Or you could do what I’m planning on doing. Just show up. I’m bringing my paddleboard and my son and we’re going to go for a lap or two around the sweet little harbor, to work up an appetite, and then we’re heading on shore to see if they’ll feed us. I have a strong suspicion that they will.

Port Gamble is a beautiful spot, a true Washington treasure, and the decision to relocate was a smart move on OOC’s part. I am looking forward to seeing the new digs in person and being part of the welcoming committee.

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