First Beach on the Olympic Peninsula. Credit Jaisril/Flickr CC
Unplug from tech and reconnect with the fam
Why is it that every time I ask my kids to unplug themselves from a screen, they turn into a pack of wolves? It’s as if they don’t know how to be human without some sort of device shining in their eyes.
If the thought of enduring another day filled with the beeps and boops of their games and videos makes you cringe, fear not! For there is a magical place where electronic gadgets will be forgotten, a place where your wolves can howl at the moon. It’s the Olympic Peninsula, and it’s amazing.
Camping, fishing, hiking, bird watching, swimming, crabbing, rockhounding, digging huge holes in the sand — you can do all these activities and more on the peninsula. The one thing you might not be able to do is update your social media every two minutes. Wi-Fi is close to nonexistent when you’re deep in the woods, and life moves at a different speed. There simply isn’t enough time in the day to enjoy everything and be glued to a screen.
Tucked away in the northwest corner of the state, the Olympic Peninsula is often reached by ferry. And the ferry is a great mental marker. Once you’re on the other side, you are truly on vacation.
Use the arrows above the image to discover three areas of the peninsula to explore on your next unplugged family getaway.