A New Dining Perspective with a Hint of a Mysterious Trailhead 

We sat down at the same table in the dining area to await our dinner at Soule Creek Lodge, like the other 5 tables of people. 

The only difference at the moment is we traded seating arrangements and the people in the room. 

Looking around, I kept admiring the Coastal Indian artwork around the room. Two masks stood out which were placed on either side of the kitchen window. 

Each mask represented a tribal man, long stringy hair, painted face, pursed lips, decorative markings and feathers in the hair. 

We had seen masks similar to this at other establishments like the Seahorse Cafe Art Gallery which were priced around $1200.00 

These are one of a kind pieces of art. As a collector of masks from countries I have lived in or traveled through, I am always curious about the origins of the mask, its historical connotations and specifically about the carver. 

Unfortunately the owners were unable to elaborate on the masks as their wives had purchased these two particular masks. 

The dining room was magnificent. Large south facing windows, overlooking the hills around Port Renfrew, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and on a clear day both Neah Bay and the surrounding Olympic Mountain range in northwestern Washington state.

As we chatted idly about the day, the couple next to us engaged us in light conversation about the lodge, if we ate here last night and about things to do in the area. 

That is when we asked the reciprocal of them. The woman started out with a story about their last stop of the day at Sombrio Beach, a place were surfers were abundant, tidal waves worth watching as they splashed against the rocks and a spectacular hidden waterfall which was definitely worth the time to hike across the beach. 

Our interests were piqued as the first course was being served by the chef’s assistants, a light spring mix with candied pecans, cherry tomatoes and camembert cheese and crackers. 

We thanked our neighboring dinner pals from Whistler and wished them well in their travels then dug into another delicious meal.