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10 Locations Perfect for Storm Watching

02.10.14

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Feeling locked-in this winter? As we all look to make it through these long Pacific Northwest winters, we at Outdoor Project suggest simply embracing the precipitation and heading straight to the places where winter's furry rages the most...that means making your way to the coast for some good old-fashioned storm watching.

Keep accommodations in mind as you hit the rugged shoreline, however, as any soggy day of storm watching is best paired with a warm and relaxing place to stay afterwards. Grab a room in your favorite bed and breakfasts or rental retreats, or consider renting a cabin or yurt in one of your local, friendly state parks.

Here are a few key tips for the best storm watching experience:

  • Stay dry. Head out with some rubber boots, rain pants, and a jacket. Additionally, because you're sure to get wet somewhere, always bring a change of clothes.
  • Catch the waves at high tide.  Makes sense. Waves are biggest at high tide, so check the local tide chart (Washington, Oregon and California) before heading out.
  • Be safe. "Sneaker" waves are common, and being swept out in the cold Pacific Ocean can be deadly. Know your limits and don't turn your back on the ocean when you're close.

Enjoy!

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