Cape Flattery and the Bogachiel Rain Forest Trail

Forks, WA

One day during our stay in Forks we drove about 60 miles to the north for a visit to Cape Flattery, the northwesternmost point of the contiguous U.S. where the Strait of Juan de Fuca joins the Pacific Ocean.  It is part of the Makah Reservation, where a tribe of native Americans have lived for centuries.  Today most of the 1,600 Makah in the country live on the Reservation.  Their main tribal income is from forestry.  The largest community in the reservation is Neah Bay, with a population of 865.  We stopped there to visit the Makah Cultural and Research Center.

The museum interprets and houses 300-500 year old artifacts recovered from the Ozette Archaeological Site.  In the winter of 1969-1970 a storm caused the bank at the nearby Ozette village to slump, exposing hundreds of perfectly preserved artifacts.  A hiker contacted the Makah Tribe, the Tribe phoned Washington State University, and in April 1970, some two months after the storm, excavation of the Ozette Archaeological Site began.

Makah oral history told of a “great slide” which buried a portion of Ozette long ago. Archaeologists collaborating with the Tribe proved this oral history correct.  Radiocarbon dates demonstrated that a slide some 500 years ago buried six longhouses and their respective contents, locking the wooden and wood-based artifacts in a shroud of mud.  The 11 year excavation of the site produced over 55,000 artifacts which the Tribe kept on the reservation, with many on display at the museum.  Unfortunately, photography is prohibited in the museum, but we found it to be a very interesting place to visit.

After touring the museum we drove another nine miles to the parking area for the Cape Flattery Trail.  A .75 mile trail made up of boardwalks, stairs, and dirt sections leads down 200 feet to an overlook.

Great views began to appear as we approached the end of the trail

Candelabra tree

From the viewpoint at the end of the trail we had a scenic view of Tatoosh Island a half mile to the west.  Historically, Tatoosh Island was inhabited seasonally by Makah fishing camps and employees of the United States Coast Guard, Weather Bureau, and Navy. Currently no one lives on the island.  Access to it requires written permission from the Makah tribe.

Tatoosh Island has been home to Cape Flattery Light, which overlooks the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, since 1857.  The lighthouse’s light was decommissioned in 2008  after a 30 foot skeletal structure with a solar powered beacon fitted with six-year solar pack batteries was built on the island.  A year later the island was returned to the control of the Makah Tribe, while the Coast Guard has access to maintain the light.

On both sides of the point are caves eroded into the sides of the cliffs.  We could hear sea lions barking inside one of them.

The cape has a number of observation decks that have wonderful views of the shoreline.

 

On the drive back through Neah Bay we stopped to take a look at the local high school.  Although it is a small school (173 students grades 6-12), the buildings are very colorful.

With the end of our visit quickly approaching we decided to take one more hike into the nearby rainforest.  We learned about the Bogachiel Rainforest Trail from Hans and Lisa (Metamorphosis Road), who hiked it during a visit here a couple of years ago.  The trail sounded interesting so we decided to check it out.  To access the trail we drove south of Forks about five miles on US 101 and turned east on Undi Road.  The trailhead was suppose to be five miles back on this road, but after three miles we came to a Road Closed sign with an arrow directing us to turn left on the the Undi Bypass.  This 1.5 mile gravel road was recently completed to relocate a section of Undie Road that was heavily damaged by overflow from the Bogachiel River in November 2015.

After following the bypass up a steep hill and back down again we returned to the old road and drove the last two miles to the trailhead.

There was only one car parked in the trailhead parking area at the end of the road, just the kind of place we like.

The Rainforest Trail immediately drops down a steep bank by way of some switchbacks for about 150 feet, where it levels off as it enters the rainforest.  There was just a thin cloud cover blocking the sun, giving the forest an eerie glow as we hiked under moss covered trees.

Crossing Morganroth Creek

Nice haircut

Boganchiel River

One of many small stream crossings

Another great head of hair

After about 1.5 miles on the Bogachiel River Trail, which continues on for 24 miles, we turned left on to the Ira Spring Wetland Trail and made a loop back to the River Trail.

Back across the Morgenroth Creek

We returned to the trailhead just as it began to rain, after hiking about three miles.  This trail was much more interesting than the trails we hiked at the Hoh River Rainforest section of the national park earlier in the week.  It was also closer to Forks and no one else was on the trail, in contrast to the crowd at the Hoh River Rainforest.

What an amazing five weeks we have had visiting the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park.  We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect experience with wonderful weather.  We checked everything off our list and more.  Next up for us is a visit to Long Beach in the southwest corner of Washington State.  More on that later . . .

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Mill and Logging Tour

Forks, WA

For many years the local economy in this area was based on the timber industry (today it’s tourism and staffing the two nearby state prisons).  While automation has eliminated the need for large numbers of men working in the forest, the timber industry is still important.  To highlight that importance, each Wednesday the Forks Chamber of Commerce has a tour of a local mill and an active logging site led by a retired timber worker.

 

Tribute to Timber Workers outside the Chamber of Commerce

The tour is free but they do encourage donations to help with the van expenses.  We signed up for the tour earlier in the week and were told to be at the Chamber of Commerce at 8:45 AM on Wednesday morning.  We were on the small van by 9:00 along with four other people and our guide for the day.

Chamber of Commerce van

Our guide, Harv, worked in the timber industry all his life and was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the industry.  We could tell that he was very proud of his work as he patiently answered all questions posed by our group.

“Tour guide” Harv

Our tour group

Our first stop was at a small mill just south of town where they made cedar shingles and shims.  The mill is supplied by a local company who goes into an area that has been logged and cuts down the cedar stumps.  They split the wood into blocks, load them into steel containers, and deliver them to the mill.

Containers filled with blocks of Cedar

A conveyor belt takes the blocks up to the second floor of the mill where a worker stands at a saw all day cutting the wood into shingle size pieces.

Once cut, the shingles are thrown down a slide and a young worker on the first floor sorts and stacks them.  The mill is a pretty low budget operation.  There is no sign outside identifying it so we have no idea what it is called.

Ready for shipping

After visiting the mill we drove about 20 miles to the south, then about 10 miles east up into the mountains to an active cutting area.  Our guide, Harv, knows everyone out here, and he was in contact with the site by CB radio.  They said for us to pull off on a side road as a logging truck was just finishing loading and would be headed down the road in a few minutes.

Full load headed for Port Angeles

We have noticed that in the center of an area that has been logged they always seem to leave a small copse of trees near the center.  We often wondered why that happened.  Harv told us that it is a “habitat area.”  Apparently some species of birds can’t fly all the way across the cut area, so these trees act as a resting spot for them.

Habitat area

A call on the CB said we could now drive up to where they were moving freshly cut trees.  We drove a quarter mile up the road, parked, and walked up into the work area.  The piece of equipment that actually cut the tree down was too far up the hill for us to see.  But we watched with fascination as the other two pieces of equipment moved the logs down the hill, trimmed each one and cut off most of the bark, and sorted them into piles.

This machine drags the logs down the hill and into piles

 

Below is a Harvester-Processor that grabs the tree in its jaws, pulls it through the jaws to cut off limbs and bark, then cuts it to the correct length.  All this happens quickly as the machine rotates and puts the log in the correct pile.

The unit that grabs, trims, and cuts the log

Grabbing a log in the jaws

While a computer measures the log and stops where the cuts are to be made, the operator needs to be very dexterous and have the ability to make quick decisions as he moves the logs around.  This was the most interesting machine to watch.

Focus, focus, focus

Sometimes the cut trees are on a hillside that is too steep for the equipment above.  In that case a cable system is used to drag the logs up to a road where they can be processed.  Below is a mobile tower yarder with a suspended skyline carriage.

Cables are run down the hillside from the yarder and attached to either another machine or strong trees.  The skyline carriage is then run down the cables to a spot over the trees they need to haul to the top.

Choker cables are then extended down to where they are wrapped around logs by chokermen waiting on the ground.

The logs are then dragged up the hill where a Harvester-Processor prepares them for loading on to a waiting truck.

 

One of the many things that impressed us about the logging process was the lack of manpower.  At the first site, where the hillside wasn’t very steep, three men were able to cut the trees, carry them down to the road, remove all limbs and bark, cut each in proper lengths, and load the trees on to a truck.  Imagine the manpower needed to do all that a hundred years ago!

After returning to the Chamber of Commerce, we walked next door for a visit to the Forks Timber Museum.   The museum does a good job in telling the history of the logging industry in the Olympic Peninsula.

Logging the old fashion way

We found the logging tour to be one of the highlights of our stay in the Forks area.  It answered many of those “I wonder why they . . .” questions we have had while driving through logging areas.

Our stay here is quickly coming to an end but we still have two adventures to write about before we head south.  More on that later . . .

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Ruby Beach and the Hoh Rain Forest

Forks, WA

Early this week we drove about 30 miles south of Forks on US 101 to check out the tide pools at Ruby Beach.  We’ve been fortunate that low tide has occurred during mid-afternoon for most of our stay here, allowing us to visit the beaches at the best time to see the sea life.  Ruby Beach is very popular so we felt fortunate to find a parking place and quickly headed down the path to the beach.

End of the path

Crossing a small creek to get further up the beach

We headed to the far sea stack to check for life

Anemones abounded in the rocks

Look closely and you’ll find life everywhere in the rocks

As we searched the rocks we noticed a little head popping up in a nearby pool.  It turned out to be a little sea otter enjoying lunch.

Moving a bit to the south along the beach

We moved a bit to the south and found a group of rocks covered with sea stars and anemones.

As we ended our visit the fog began to roll in and the temperature began to drop, indicating that it was time to head home!

The next day we again drove south on US 101 for about 15 miles and turned to the east on the Upper Hoh Road.  From there it is 18 miles to the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center in Olympic National Park.

Upper Hoh Road

Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center

The Hoh is one of the best remaining examples of temperate rainforest in the country. Throughout the winter rain falls frequently here, contributing to the yearly total of 140 to 170 inches (or 12 to 14 feet!) of precipitation each year. The result is a lush, green canopy of both coniferous and deciduous species. Mosses and ferns blanket the forest floor.

There are three trails that begin near the visitor center.  Two are short ones, the Hall of Mosses Trail (.8 miles) and the Spruce Nature Trail (1.2 miles) while the Hoh River Trail goes out 17 miles into the mountains.  We hiked all three, beginning with the Hoh River Trail.  Someone told us there was a nice waterfall near the trail a little less than three miles from the visitor center, so we made that our turnaround point.

One of the many huge old growth trees

The waterfall was a bit difficult to photograph, but we were able to hike up a side trail to a spot near its base where we enjoyed a snack.

At one point the trail made its way along the side of the Hoh River.

The root system of an old growth tree

Below is a colonnade of Sitka spruce and western hemlock that straddles the remains of its nurse log.  We saw numerous examples of this where the nurse log has moldered completely away leaving  the buttressed roots of the trees exposed.

While we enjoyed exploring the Hoh Rain Forest area, we didn’t think that it had that same eerie rainforest atmosphere we experienced on our hike with Erik and Laurel on the Lover’s Lane/Sol Duc Trail last month near Crescent Lake.  The warm, dry weather may have contributed to the absence of a “rain forest” feeling.

We have a hike planned before we leave the area in the rain forest just north of the Hoh River so we may find that a bit more interesting.  More on that later . . .

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First Day in Forks, WA

Forks, WA

Since Forks is only about 70 miles west of Port Angeles, we waited on Sunday until near the park’s 11:00 check-out time to leave.  We have driven about half of the route on US 101 before so we knew what US 101 was like to our west.

Crescent Lake

About 15 miles west of Port Angeles the road drops down a bit and runs along the south side of Crescent Lake.  Since there is not much room between the mountains and the lake the road is narrow and rough as it twists and turns along the lake.  While the passenger can enjoy some great views of the beautiful lake, the drive only sees the two lanes in front of him, hanging on to the wheel with both hands.

After passing Crescent Lake, US 101 makes a slow turn and begins to head south, crossing a number of narrow bridges.  One of the bridges over the Sol Duc River is getting a face lift, so the road narrows to one narrow lane.

A few miles before the town of Forks we turned west on WA-110 and drove seven miles to Riverview RV Park, our home for the next week.

We are just five miles from the coastal community of La Push (pop. 321), the largest community within the Quileute Indian Reservation.  La Push and the Quileute Tribe are featured in the Twilight series, set mainly in nearby Forks.  The popularity of the books and the related film adaptations, has had a significant impact on tourism to the area.

After setting up in the RV park we drove over to La Push for a visit to one of the nearby beaches.  There are three beach areas separated from each other by high rocky areas along the shore.  The beaches are creatively named First Beach, Second Beach, and Third Beach.  We think there must have been a contest or something to come up with those unique names.  First Beach is right in La Push, while beaches two and three are accessed by a trail through the forest.  We found a parking place in the Second Beach area and hiked the one mile trail to the ocean.  The trail goes through some beautiful old growth forest, with some trees growing up out of a large area of exposed roots.

Approaching the ocean the trail drops steeply down on a narrow path.  Once at the bottom a large area of driftwood makes accessing the beach a bit interesting.

Once on the beach we enjoyed the beautiful views of the cliffs and sea stacks all around us.

We missed the lowest tide but were there soon enough to enjoy some of the sea life uncovered as the tide slowly came in.

Ochre Sea Star

Purple Ochre Sea Star

Green Anemone

There is so much to see here between the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic Mountains and the nimble hiker has a number of adventures planned for our week stay.  More on that later . . .

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Island Hopping to Lopez

Port Angeles, WA

Our friends, Eric and Laurel, recently moved to their summer spot on Lopez Island, one of the San Juan Islands.  They spend two months there each summer as volunteers conducting nature programs at Spencer Spit State Park.  We had a visit to the San Juan’s on our list of places to see, so when they invited us to visit them for a tour of Lopez, we quickly accepted.   While the island is only about 30 miles away for a bird, the trip for us was a bit longer.

We needed to take two ferries, so schedule coordination was important.  The first ferry was from Port Townsend to Coupeville on Whidbey Island.  We made a reservation on the first ferry of the day (6:30 AM) which required us to be at the terminal by 6:00.  Since Port Townsend is 40 miles from us, we were up and out the door very early.

The moon over the Olympic Mts. before sunrise

As we drove east toward Port Townsend we enjoyed a great view of a golden sunset.  Then it dawned (pun intended) on us that sunsets only occur at the end of the day.  A quick Google search informed us that beautiful scenes like this also often occur first thing in the morning.  Who knew!

We arrived at the terminal right on time and, after a brief wait, drove on to the ferry and settled in for the 30 minute crossing.

Port Townsend Ferry Terminal

A full boat, even at 6:30

Crossing the Admiralty Inlet

Approaching Whidbey Island

Local residents enjoying a park in Coupeville

After the 30 minute ferry ride to Whidbey Island, we drove 26 miles north where we crossed a scenic bridge over Deception Pass on to Fidalgo Island.  From there it was another nine miles to the town of Anacortes, where we caught the ferry to Lopez Island.

Here comes our ferry

Laurel suggested we park the Jeep in Anacortes and walk on to the ferry since we didn’t need it on Lopez.  That was a great idea as you don’t need a reservation to walk on to any of the ferries.

San Juan Islands

Arriving at Lopez Island

Our Uber driver waves as we prepare to disembark

Eric was right there to meet us as we left the ferry, while Laurel was back at the park preparing a picnic lunch.  He gave us a nice tour of  Spencer Spit State Park before taking us to their summer home tucked away in a very nice spot away from any park visitors.  The four of us then walked down to a nearby beach and out onto the Spencer Spit.

View of the San Juan’s from the Spencer Spit

The group then piled into their truck for a quick tour of the island.  Lopez Island is the third largest of the San Juan’s.  It is flatter than the other major islands and the most rural with a rolling terrain of forest, farmland, and beaches.  It’s about 10 miles long and 4 miles wide.  There is a nice little community on the west side of the island with two grocery stores, a great library, a few places to eat, and lots of farm stands.  Nearby Fisherman Bay has a marina and a small motel.

After our tour we drove to the southeast side of the island, parked, and hiked a short distance to a small beach along Watmough Bay.  Laurel put down a blanket and laid out a delicious lunch spread for us to share.

Fresh locally made spreads, local smoked tuna, and organic produce

Lunch with a view

Watmough Bay

After enjoying a quiet lunch along the bay, we returned to the truck and drove across the island for a visit to Shark Reef Sanctuary.  A half mile trail through some old growth trees leads to a great view of the San Juan Channel.

The channel below us was a swirling river of fast flowing water created by tidal movement between islands.

A mother sea lion was enjoying a nap while her pup enjoyed lunch on one of the small islands across the channel.

Our time on the island was limited as we had to coordinate the two ferries back to Port Townsend, so we had to hustle back to the ferry terminal to catch the boat to Anacortes.

Our tour guides and their Uber vehicle

The return trip was uneventful and we were back at the motorhome before dark (not difficult as it stays light until almost 9:30).  Ten hours of travel for a four hour visit is a bit inefficient, but it was well worth the effort.  Our thanks to Laurel and Eric for a wonderful visit to your beautiful island.

The end of our month-long visit to the Port Angeles area is rapidly approaching.  Soon we will move to the west side of Olympic NP for a visit to the little town of Forks.  More on that later . . .

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Hiking to the top of Maiden Peak

Port Angeles, WA

Soon after arriving in this area we were told by a local resident not to miss a visit to the Deer Park section of Olympic National Park.  A little research revealed that Deer Park is the location of the trailhead for a hike to Maiden Peak, a 6,434 foot peak with a great 360 degree view of the mountains to the south and water to the north.   So one day last week we took  US 101 to just east of Port Angeles where we turned south on to Deer Park Road.  The 16 mile road is paved for the first 8 miles but once it enters the national park, the road narrows and becomes dirt.

We read that the road can be quite rough at times, but it must have been graded recently as we found it to be in good condition, although very dusty.  It’s a bit narrow in spots with steep drop offs to the west, so you need to be alert, especially when going around the numerous turns.

As you gain in elevation great views appear where there are gaps in the trees.

Don’t turn right!

As we approached the end of the road, a clearly marked turn to the right led to a small parking area near a ranger station at 5500 ft.  We didn’t see anyone on the drive up so we were surprised at the number of cars in the small parking area.  We were just able to squeeze the Jeep into a spot parallel to the road before heading to the nearby trail.

Maiden Peak is located along the Obstruction Point Trail

The trail begins by going sharply downhill (to 4900 ft) for almost a mile.  It’s a nice, easy walk on fresh legs, but we knew we would pay a price coming up on the return hike!

The trail first goes through the forests of Green Mountain, then opens into meadows with a view of a false summit of Maiden Peak.

False summit ahead

As we climbed up through the meadow, the top of Maiden Peak soon came into view.

Maiden Peak on the right

We waited, but Julie Andrews failed to appear

Continuing up through the meadow

After climbing up through the meadow, the trail winds around the first peak on a narrow path where it it best to keep your focus on the trail, despite the gorgeous views.

Once we made our way around the first peak, we could see Maiden Peak in front of us.

A young climber rests among the lupine before the final assault up to the peak!

The main trail continues around the peak and keeps going further into the mountains.  We knew there was no defined route to the top, but we read somewhere that there was a spot where you could see hints of a path others had used.  We hiked all the way to the other side of the peak and found a little used path, but it didn’t lead to the top so we just ended up scrambling up the loose rock to the peak.

 

Can you spot John in the top center of the rocks?

That’s him waving from atop the peak

A USGS survey marker identifies the highest point on the peak at 6,434 ft.

The photo below has a bit of haze, but you can just make out the Dungeness Spit jutting out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  With binoculars we could see the lighthouse we visited last week with Eric and Laurel (blog post).

Dungeness Spit to the north

View to the northeast with Mt Baker in the distance

View to the northwest

View to the southwest

Lunch with a view

After enjoying the views on the peak we began the hike back to the trailhead.  We first had to get back to the main trail below us through the loose rocks.

No trail here!

Back on the main trail

Avalanche lilies abound

The hike is eight miles round trip, so our legs were a bit tired as we hit that last uphill mile to the trailhead.  Once back at the parking area we could see the two peaks in the distance.

Then it was back down the dusty, winding, narrow road to civilization.

The hike to Maiden Peak is one of the best we have ever done.  The constant elevation change really works the legs, but the great views near and atop the peak make it well worth the effort.

Next up for us is a bit of “island hopping” to visit friends.  More on that later . . .

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Hiking, Biking, and Playing Tourist on the Olympic Peninsula

Port Angeles, WA

Last week we drove 17 miles south into the Olympic Mountains with Eric and Laurel to do some hiking along Hurricane Ridge (click here for that post).  While there we learned that sometimes low clouds cover the valleys while Hurricane Ridge sticks out above them in the clear.  So one day last week we checked a web cam view from the visitor’s center and saw just that condition.  But by the time we got up there the clouds had disappeared.  We still enjoyed the beautiful views from the ridge and went into the visitor center to view their video.  As we drove out of the parking area we decided to take a little side trip.  Just as you drive out of the parking area there is a dirt road on the right that leads steeply downhill.   Obstruction Point Road winds its way through the forest for about eight miles, ending at Obstruction Point Trailhead.

Obstruction Point Road

The road is only officially open July through October.  When we were there, they had just opened the first four miles of it as there was winter damage beyond that.  We drove to the point where the road was closed and turned around in a small trailhead parking area.  A sign there indicated a hike of less than a mile leading to P.J. Lake.

We had not heard of this trail but enjoy seeing beautiful mountain lakes, so we got out our packs and headed down the trail.  “Down the trail” turned out to be a good description, as the trail quickly began a very steep descent into a canyon.

Avalanche Lilies line the trial

We hiked down to the bottom, but a heavily flowing stream prevented us from reaching the lake.  So back we went up the steep track.  Photos never show the true steepness of trails.

After climbing back up to the Jeep we drove back to the main road and headed down the mountain.  Along the way we spotted a doe with two fawns feeding along the side of the road.

The next day we headed west on US 101 to the south side of Crescent Lake for a hike up to Marymere Falls.

View of Crescent Lake from US 101

The trailhead is at the Storm King Ranger Station parking area on the south shore of the lake.  The trail goes through a tunnel under the highway and heads south along Barnes Creek.

The flat trail goes through old growth forest for about a half mile before crossing Barnes Creek.

Soon after crossing that bridge the trail goes over Falls Creek on a more narrow bridge.

Just past that bridge the trail goes steeply up to the falls.  With the heavy snow melt the flow of water over the falls was impressive.

Some trees along the trail were huge

Returning to the trailhead we drove around to the north side of the lake to explore a trail there.  The trail turned out to be a paved bike path with limited lake views.  So we walked down a dirt path to the lake and enjoyed lunch.  The location made a “lunch with a view” photo difficult forcing some minor modifications in the pose.

Lunch with a view (modified)

For the first two weeks of our visit to the Olympic Peninsula we stayed at Elwha Dam RV Park, about 10 miles west of Port Angeles.  We really liked our site there but could only get a reservation for two weeks.  So we recently moved to the Olympic KOA, a few miles to the east of Port Angeles.  While not as pleasing to us as Elwha Dam, the site does have a great view of the Olympic Mountains to our south.

The Olympic Discovery Trail is a bike/hike path that, when completed, will run 130 miles along the north shore of the Olympic Peninsula from Port Townsend on the east to La Push on the west.  Over 70 miles of paved trail have been completed so far.  We are able to easily access the trail from the KOA by crossing US 101 on to the Old Olympic Highway for about two miles.  We rode 11 miles from the park to one of those chain coffee shops out of Seattle in Sequim.  The trail is fairly flat but the wind blows pretty strongly out of the west around here so the return ride was a bit of a challenge.

Bird houses for sale along the trail

Just outside Sequim the trail goes through Railroad Bridge Park, where it uses an old railroad bridge to cross the Dungeness River.

Another day we drove about 40 miles to the east for a visit to the small town of Port Townsend.   It sits almost at the end of a peninsula at the point where the Strait of Juan de Fuca becomes the Puget Sound.  Our first stop was Fort Worden Historical State Park, located just north of Port Townsend on the tip of the peninsula.  Fort Worden was an active US Army base from 1902 to 1953, part of the defensive system guarding shipping in the Puget Sound.

Remains of an old artillery battery

Great view of Mt. Baker, 60 miles away, from near the gun battery

At the very tip of the peninsula near the gun battery is the Point Wilson Light.  Originally constructed in 1879 and later improved in 1914, the light is controlled by the Coast Guard, while the grounds are managed by Washington State Parks.

Another view of Mt. Baker

A bit of ship traffic

Leaving Ft. Worden we drove back into Port Townsend to explore the waterfront section of town.  As we walked out to the end of the restored old Union Dock we spotted the outdoor balcony of a local restaurant.  Since we always enjoy a lunch with a view, we headed up for a meal while overlooking the water.

View from the deck of Sirens

We also enjoyed some light refreshments

As we walked down Water Street we could hear someone singing and the sound of a piano.  Turns out it was a gentleman sitting at a grand piano at the corner of Taylor Street.  He was very good so we stood and listened for a bit (after putting a little cash in his jar).  We both agreed that we would definitely “turn a chair” for him (you’ll understand if you watch  “The Voice”).

Port Townsend is a cool little town.  If you are into various forms of art, you would enjoy visiting some of the shops along Water Street.  But there were a bit too many (other) tourists for our tastes.

Enough of the city, it’s time to do some hiking!  More on that later . . .

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