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Historic Romance+Olympic Nt Pk on Wildlife/Shell Rich Beach. Canoe, Spa

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Bedrooms 4
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Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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WELCOME to THE HISTORIC BALCH RETREAT on HOOD CANAL. A photographers playground in nature's paradise, where the Olympics meet the expansive, crystal clear waters of Hood Canal in Brinnon, Wa near Pleasant Harbor Marina. Fronting over a 1,000 ft of wildlife and shell rich beach + the many wonders behind in Olympic National Park. Convenient and not to miss east side of Olympic Nat'l Park provides considerable travel time savings from most locations for less time in transit, and enjoying this amazing paradise........

INTRIGUING WILDLIFE OBSERVATION + CONTINUALLY EVOLVING VIEWS that will materialize before you. Awe inspiring and sweeping Hood Canal views with , breathtaking skyline color changes at sunset and sunrise that include Mt Rainier and Mt Baker. Wildlife area directly in front provides your own version of Animal Planet. Resident harbor seal colony and pups, or the otter family that lives at the base of your beach stairs. Great fun to spot beaver and local Roosevelt Elk herd that drop by the beach, and yard. Numerous resident bald eagles fly directly out your window, and can be quite a thrill when flying just feet away.

BIRDING PARADISE, & WHALE TRAIL! Located on the Pacifc NW Whale Trail (click Hood Canal) + numerous fascinating bird varieties from 4 ft tall herons to numerous hummingbirds, and everything in between. A true birding paradise with some gorgeous varieties, and birding books on site.

PROVIDED CANOE (with life preservers) takes you even closer to immersing with resident wildlife, or stroll the shell rich beach enjoyed by all ages. Venture on to acres of tidelands teeming with fascinating marine life at low tide. Great fun for all ages.

RATE QUOTE or RESERVATION REQUEST: Please state AGE OF EACH PERSON (all ages, including tentative persons AND visitors), + CANINES (age/breeds of each). If in need of immediate information, please call 360-271-3629 8am-9pm PACIFIC time.

Extensive BEDROOM, BATHROOM, and HOME AMENITIES info in "AMENITIES" section below.

LOCATED ON THE WIDEST EXPANSE OF NORTH AMERICAS LONGEST FJORD, with the majestic Olympic Mountains meeting the crystal clear waters of the sea. A romantic and intimate favorite with singles, couples, and honeymooners + small groups. 4 private sleeping areas + 1 semi private loft (see Amenities section for bed info), with 2 ensuite bathrooms, and third bathroom in close proximity to bedrooms provides privacy (no need for window coverings), time savings, and convenience. One level living on main floor if desired, provides ease of movement for those with limited mobility (see below).

SUCCULENT HOOD CANAL SEAFOOD AND SHELLFISH. We know the best area beaches and spots to obtain oysters, clams, crab, shrimp, mussels, and geoduck from the crystal clear waters of Hood Canal. Please let us know what type of seafood interests you when inquiring.

THIS QUAINT NANTUCKET WATERFRONT CHARMER constructed by T.B. Balch in 1920, one of the original founders of Brinnon is rumored to be the closest to the water in all of Jefferson County. Great care has been taken to provide historically romantic ambiance. Stay at the only nationally registered, historic, waterfront holiday rental in close proximity to Seattle and Tacoma, and one of rare few in the Pacific NW.

BALCONY TIME - a guest favorite that offers a panoramic, built in, covered balcony with unobstructed day and night (moonlit water is a true sight to behold), rain or shine views. Relax and observe the wildlife in their natural setting, and expansive water/Mt Rainier views on the old fashioned rocking glider, or zero gravity recliners. Our year round hummingbirds that sometimes compete for the balcony feeder can sometimes be quite a show!

HIKING, MTN BIKING, and SPECTACULAR VIEWS IN WORLD RENOWNED OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK CLOSE BY. closest side of Olympic Natl Park/Forest to Seattle or Tacoma..1.5 hrs. Old growth forest with beautiful, glacially fed, cascading waterfalls that are tremendous fun to explore and view, in addition to amazing picturesque trails (camera is a must!). Panoramic, forever views of downtown Seattle, Mt Rainier, Mt. Baker, the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges + most of Puget Sound, all in close proximity by car, or hike in. Enjoyable and pet friendly Dosewallips State Park, with historic logging train trails is a close 3 min walk.

SUBMARINES AND MORE...Also unique to The Historic Balch Retreat is the interesting Trident Navy subs that practice next to the Estuary shelf in the middle of Hood Canal. One of few places in the world to view this unusual and interesting sight right from the interior or exterior of the home!

CENTRALLY LOCATED FOR BEST OF THE PACIFIC NW TOURING + SWIMMING, KAYAK RENTAL PACKAGES, BOATING, and FISHING in Hood Canal, or the numerous rivers (Dosewallips River is steps from your door where it meets Hood Canal). Just bring your poles. Kayak rentals can also be provided to your door + diving, and equipment rental nearby. Indulge in a relaxing massage on your deck next to the water (warmer months). Wine tasting, casinos, exceptional Olympic Mtn Ice Cream, and sampling at unique distilleries is also available. Visit quaint, historic seaports, with gorgeous Victorians. Great day trips for Twilight fans, Hurricane Ridge, Whale charters (in season), or ferry over to Victoria B.C. For out of state guests, centralized location allows for touring the very best of Western Washington. Pure relaxation is also a desirable option. There is something for everyone. The list is virtually endless......

ROMANCE ABOUNDS...Intimate and popular with couples and honeymooners. Indulge with a romantic toasty fire (cooler months), couples massage, hypnotic, sweeping, water and mtn views, 2 person, panoramic, moon lit (ck calendar) master suite jetted spa, complete with candles in the expansive master suite. Reconnect on the cushioned, wooden double rocking chair indoors , or yesteryear rocking glider on the view balcony (we love to rock!) that soothes, and relaxes. On site massage therapist is also available. Celebrate each other with so many appealing things to do together, or revel in total relaxation.

THE LITTLE EXTRAS... we are one of the few holiday rentals to offer RELIABLE, HIGH SPEED WIFI with focus on reliability and high speed (elusive in most Olympic Peninsula vacation rentals). Cleaning takes place the day of your arrival for a home that is warm, inviting, and low allergen. Wood starter package for a crackling fire (inside or out) and kitchen, dining, and bath products provided. We've tried to think of everything, including mobile massage therapist should you wish to indulge. High powered ZOOM binoculars that bring wildlife and Trident sub activity up close, and personal are provided, plus full equipment to harvest and prepare your fresh from the water feast, including rubber boots/waders, and fishing pole. So many amenities from beautiful stemware, numerous spices, to built in magnifying mirrors in bathrooms, and romantic atmosphere by candlelight. The large bonfire ring with built in split log seating near the moonlit waters edge are memories waiting to be made. Don't miss the plump, sweet blackberries on site mid to late summer.

TEA LOVER?....You'll likely feel right at home with the many teas for sampling or exchanging. You may discover your new favorite!

PREFER NOT TO COOK? Esquire magazines #2 choice for Best Bar in America is a close three minute walk at the Geoduck Restaurant, with WATERFRONT deck seating (warmer months). Additionally, The Half Way House Restaurant/Bakery (1 min drive) offers legendary pies/desserts, and homestyle cooking. Fabulous pizza, sandwiches, and salads, with indoor/outdoor waterfront seating now available at Pleasant Harbor Marina less than 2 minutes.

DIVING ANYONE? Discover octopus, wolf eels, starfish, crabs, shrimp, anemones, algae bloom, clams and numerous other sea creatures in one of the best diving locations in the Pacific Northwest. Diving gear rental nearby, or diving charter less than 2 minutes from your door at Pleasant Harbor Marina.

SENIORS AND THOSE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY have a mere 3 steps down from the parking area, and 1 step up to the country covered front porch, if staying on the well equipped main level in the charming blue room bedroom, with covered view balcony entrance. The main level provides large, open concept kitchen and dining, full bath with antique shower ring tub, with grab bar in close proximity to main floor bedroom, media room (can serve as 4th bedroom), living room, and panoramic, covered, built in view balcony.

Step back to a simpler time, and experience a unique combination showcasing history, wildlife, Olympic National Park, Hood Canal, and the best of the Pacific NW in nature’s paradise.

More Details
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Tori and Wade
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 28, 2016

About Tori and Wade

The Historic Balch Retreat on Hood Canal is our dream home where we will ultimately retire. We love sharing the home, wildlife beach, and Olympic National Park with friends and family, and want our guests to feel as if they are staying in a well-appointed, historic holiday home of a good friend. We hope you will experience the many wonders that we have.

Tori and Wade purchased this house in 2007

Why Tori and Wade chose Hood Canal

We chose this property after nearly a decade long search for a historic waterfront home, with placement near old growth forest where considerable wildlife abounds, preferably on Hood Canal near great restaurants! Our long wait was well rewarded. We hope you'll adore this photographer's playground as much as we do.

What makes this house unique

Historically romantic waterfront fronting the crystal clear waters of Hood Canal on the widest expanse of the longest fjord in North America. Thrill to some of the most hypnotic and romantic moonlit views you may ever encounter. Evolving views ever changing include Mt Rainier + one of the rare places in the world with Trident subs to observe, with shell laden beach on a wildlife estuary.


based on 56 traveler reviews

Historic Romance+Olympic Nt Pk on Wildlife/Shell Rich Beach. Canoe, Spa
average rating of 4.875 based on 56 reviews
Portland, OR

Unplug and relax!

  • 5 of 5

Looking for your “typical” vacation rental on the Hood Canal, the Historic Balch Retreat is not it.

If you want to feel as though your best friends have lent you their personal water front residence, complete with warm furnishings, antiques, a well-equipped kitchen, and comfortable beds, then you have come to the right place.

From the moment you step through the front door you feel as though you have stepped back in time to the days when life on the Hood Canal was simpler and more relaxed. The charm of this 1920’s waterfront home is carried throughout in even the smallest of details.

This home is all about relaxation and detaching yourself from the stress of everyday life. Unplug and curl up with a good book. Marvel at the abundance of wildlife right outside your back door. Seals, sea lions, Eagles, and varieties of sea birds too numerous to list. Even the occasional raccoon family scampering through the yard.

To get more up close & personal with nature, hop in the canoe and take a leisurely trip along the banks. If you're lucky you will have plenty of curious seals to escort you. After canoeing, take a walk along the banks and look for shells. Don’t forget your camera!

After sunset, light a fire in the fire pit and make s’mores. Your kids will remember this far longer than what was on the TV that night.

A few recommendations to make your stay a memorable experience.

• Take your groceries. The local store is not well stocked. It is okay if you run out of milk, but beyond that, the nearest store is 23 miles away.

• This is the Pacific Northwest. If you want sandy beaches, go to California.

• Despite what yo may think, the owners cannot arrange for elk or deer, or other wild animals to parade past your door as you eat your breakfast. They are wild and come and go as they please.

• While the house does sleep 9, 6 might be more comfortable. The dining table seats 6. The living room also seats 6, comfortably, with possibly room for two more for short periods. Don't overcrowd the place, especially in the winter months, too many people could impact your relaxation time.

We actually had the pleasure of meeting Tori & Wade and we can tell you that you won't meet two nicer people who truly care about their guests.

In nearly every way the Historic Balch Retreat exceeded our expectations.

Do not pass up the Historic Balch Retreat. Just please save us a long weekend here and there. We will return.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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Charming place to enjoy Hood Canal and surrounding area

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our time at this charming cottage right on the water of Hood Canal. The house itself is full of old-fashioned details yet is very comfortable (the beds were very comfy!) and has everything you need to cook and relax. We spent a lot of time on the porch above the water watching seals, and bald eagles, mergansers and other water fowl and one evening saw 15 elk come out onto the spit near the water. We walked the dog in nearby Dosewallips State Park every day and took day trips to Olympic National Park and saw Hurricane Ridge (breathtaking), to Port Townsend and to Poulsbo (if you go, you must visit Sluy's Bakery in historic downtown Poulsbo!) and Bainbridge Island (Faith Bainbridge State Park is a great place to be at the water of Puget Sound). We also explored the Hamma Hamma recreation area near Hoodsport. But we also spent a lot of time at the cottage just reading and sketching and watching the world from the porch looking out at the water and listening to the hummingbirds squabble over the feeder. One day we saw what we think was a submarine helper ship far out in the Canal. This place is great for relaxing. Also, Tori was so good with communicating and making us feel very welcome. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Most Excellent Stay

  • 5 of 5

We were so encouraged by the passionate and descriptive reviews that we changed our plans to spend six nights at this property. We cannot say enough kind things about the owners and the property. The house itself is a gem, and it was very clean and set up like a welcoming home. The location is most impressive - right on the Hood Canal where you can watch a the local eagles take advantage of the tides and the nearby river outlet. There is nothing like relaxing on the deck for coffee (morning) or wine (evening) while observing nature in its full glory - very soothing for the soul. The owners were prompt, courteous, helpful, and friendly when contacted but did not otherwise interfere. Of course, there is a lot to do on the Olympic Peninsula, and the owners provided some great information to get us started. And don’t forget the nearby Halfway House - it ended up being a favorite of ours. The homemade pie/cobbler and ice cream were great (and inexpensive), and the Sunday night chicken and dumplings were to die for. Of all the VRBO places we have rented, this is our new favorite. We hope some day to return to this place for some more northwest comfort.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

This home was everything I expected. The view out the back is gorgeous. Very relaxing to sit and watch the wildlife in the title flats. The bald eagle was out every evening along with the seals and elk. We used the fire pit every night. The outside grounds are well kept.

Inside is also very well kept. Very clean and tidy. Tall ceilings. You will like this place.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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  • 5 of 5

A beautiful historic home with a jaw-dropping view of the sound! Our party included 4 adults, a 4 year old girl and a 2 year old boy. There was an immaculate yard for the kids to play plus when tide was low there was all kinds of adventures to explore for all. The part of our stay that I enjoyed most was the time I had to relax on the porch outside the living room. My eyes were sore from staring through binoculars for hours at the seals, river otters and especially the bald eagles! We even saw elk one morning. The home was located centrally so that we took day trips (south and north) to different parts of the national forest for daily hikes to waterfalls, along lakes, or just to hike and enjoy the scenery. We rented this home the last week of July and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful weather, local eateries but mostly the scenery. It was a wonderful time for us to leave Texas and Oklahoma.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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El Dorado Hills, Ca

Serenity on Hood Canal

  • 5 of 5

We drove up to Brinnon from California so needless to say it was a long drive, but it was well worth it. We very much enjoyed Tori and Wade's historic home. We went up with 3 of our children and nephew (ages ranged from 17-23). They each found the home relaxing and serene yet there was plenty to do activity wise as well. You could walk right down to the water, use the canoe that is provided or sit on the deck and watch the wildlife all day if you wanted. We did a lot of hiking to the nearby waterfalls and made a full day out of driving over and spending the day in the beautiful Hoh rain forest and up to Hurricane Ridge. Port Townsend was also a great place to spend the day. These were a few of things we did. Truly a pleasure to stay there and would recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Esquire magazines # 2 Bar in America 'The Geoduck'
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Lake Cushman Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Halfway House House Restaurant...HEAVENLY desserts
Nearest Ski
75 Miles
Hurricane Ridge
Car: necessary

Other Activities: diving, shellfish harvesting, crabbing/shrimping (in season), wildlife viewing, wineries, distillery sampling, scenic hiking, water sports, swimming (July/Aug), restaurants, shelling, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, shopping, canoeing, Victorian viewing.

Golf: Lake Cushman, Alderbrook, and Port Ludlow golf courses are all accessible from The Historic Balch Retreat.

Ski: Ski and snowboard at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic Nat'l Park!!


Rates & Availability

Brinnon House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
CHRISTMAS.. 4 nt min.
Dec 22 2016 - Dec 25 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Dec 26 2016 - Dec 28 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Jun 15 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $49 + Tax
Reliable wifi - FREE $0
Refundable damage deposit $250
Canoe use - FREE $0
Cleaning: 6+ add $50 $135 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

ADDITIONAL GUESTS/VISITORS: Persons on site at any time (all ages and visitors) must be registered guests.
HOLIDAY PERIODS: Add $100 nt to standard rate. 3 nt minimum (excludes Columbus, Veteran's, and MLK Weekends).
PERSONS NOT DISCLOSED WHEN RESERVING: $85 nt each for length of reservation, and must be disclosed no later than 7 days before arrival. Please plan ahead for considerable savings!
REFUNDABLE SECURITY DEPOSIT: Sliding scale beginning at $250.
PETS: Sliding scale $49-$299. Restrictions apply. Please provide AGE, BREED(S), and WEIGHT of each pet/canine for accurate quote. Canines only, please.
PRICING: Can change at any time unless confirmed by reservation.

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Brinnon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • PRIVATE VIEW SUITE (lower level) - toilet , shower , Bathroom with shower ensuite + built-in magnifying mirror.
    MASTER SUITE w/ 2 person panoramic view jetted spa - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Romantic ambiance in 2 person jetted spa w/ day/night views.
    MAIN FLOOR BATHROOM..ANTIQUE PORCELAIN TUB W/ SHOWER RING - toilet , combination tub/shower , In close proximity to main floor and media rm bedrooms
  • Master and lower level bedrooms ensuite. Main level bathroom near main floor bedroom. Built in magnifying mirrors in all bathrooms, and 2 hair dryers. Space to set health and beauty aids in all 3 bathrooms!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master suite..2 person view spa, 32" TV+view skylight opens!
    PRIVATE MEDIA ROOM next to main floor bathroom - 1 twin/ single , Twin gel/memory foam convertible bed + flat screen TV
    Upper level loft - 2 twin/ single , Semi-private loft area, with opening panoramic view skylight
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Main floor view bedroom near bathroom w/ balcony entrance
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Private lower level view suite, w/ panoramic deck entry.
  • All beds comfort tested.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • jetted tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Foaming soap, shampoo, body wash, body lotion, hair dryers, and built in magnifying mirrors in bathrooms. High magnification zoom binoculars, shellfish equipment, rubber boots/waders for exploring tidelands, sparkling stemware, tea, coffee, paper towels, toilet paper, and large bundle of wood in addition to all items listed above are provided. We can often times supply the sun, earth, stars, and moon (literally)!

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