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    Hi, I am using all of my sources in researching what I can expect once I arrive to Kitsap Naval Base. I have already learned that I will have to take the ferry for a price and an hour long ride to Seattle each time. What are the main activities and besides a lot of rain can I expect snow during the winter months? I am from Colorado so I can put up with miserable weather. Well I am looking forward to making Washington my new home, thanks for your time.
    Only the dead have seen the end of the war.-Plato

    God Bless America! • Remember all have given some, but some have given all.

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    Welcome to the neighborhood. I live in Kitsap (civilian though) and used to live in CO, so I can probably help you out here. I'll give you some basic answers and then you can PM/email me if you have more specific questions.

    Kitsap Naval Base is actually made up of 3 complexes (Bremerton, Bangor and Keyport) that are located separately and are pretty different. Bremerton (the city) is a relatively urban location that is going through a redevelopment cycle and then Silverdale (between Bremerton and Bangor) is a suburban, mall-centric setting that has evolved into somewhat of a hub for the area. Seattle is an hour away via ferry and while it seems like a PITA at first to deal with, once you get used to it you don't think twice about it. Tacoma is actually faster to get to since you can drive it in about 30-40 minutes.

    The weather is going to be a change. You won't see the extremes in temperatures like you do now. There may be a couple of periods of cold (20s) in the winter and the summer may push 100 once or twice. Usually the coldest days are also the clearest. When it does snow (a couple of times a year), it is typically barely below freezing, the snow is very wet and only lasts a couple of days. However, the bulk of the population can't seem to function at all in even a little bit and EVERYTHING comes to a grinding halt. Anyone that is used to dealing with snow will watch in amazement.

    Winter is typically in the 40s/50s with a constant overcast (aka marine air or marine flow). It will rain much of the time, but a lot of it is a drizzle/mist that doesn't add up to very much rainfall but everything outside gets wet and stays wet. Summer (July-September) brings temps in the mid and upper 70s and the rain all but disappears. Spring and Fall are transition periods where the two weather patterns alternate to varying degrees.

    One thing that you may also notice with the change in latitude is the length of the day. I believe there is over an hour difference between the two areas around the solstices.

    Activities are similar to what you would find on the Front Range with the addition of open water to the mix.

    Hope that helps!

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    • #3
      A buddy of mine is at Bremerton. PM me your email address and I'll pass it along to him, see if he can give you any good info.
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      • #4
        And if you'll be traveling the Seattle metro area try to avoid it especially during rush hours (7-9 and 3-6) traffic can get pretty bad especially if we get a little rain or a fender bender. Also get used to drivers not getting out of the left lane even though there are no cars on the right. But that's another story. Otherwise I think you'll enjoy it here. Oh and as you might have guessed by my avatar snowboarding is great up on stevens pass during winter

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MtnMan View Post
          Welcome to the neighborhood. I live in Kitsap (civilian though) and used to live in CO, so I can probably help you out here. I'll give you some basic answers and then you can PM/email me if you have more specific questions.

          Kitsap Naval Base is actually made up of 3 complexes (Bremerton, Bangor and Keyport) that are located separately and are pretty different. Bremerton (the city) is a relatively urban location that is going through a redevelopment cycle and then Silverdale (between Bremerton and Bangor) is a suburban, mall-centric setting that has evolved into somewhat of a hub for the area. Seattle is an hour away via ferry and while it seems like a PITA at first to deal with, once you get used to it you don't think twice about it. Tacoma is actually faster to get to since you can drive it in about 30-40 minutes.

          My orders say Bremerton. I will be assigned to the Stennis. Currently I am at dive school and don't graduate for a few weeks. PM inbound, thanks for everyones input.
          Only the dead have seen the end of the war.-Plato

          God Bless America! • Remember all have given some, but some have given all.

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          • #6
            Good luck with your assignment.
            Looking for a Seattle injury attorney to help me.

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