Today we took the 30 minute ferry ride from Coupeville to Port Townsend in order to revisit forts Worden and Flagler.
Fort Worden and the SP are located in Port Townsend on the Admiralty Inlet and built to protect Puget Sound and was an active fort from 1902 to 1953. The guns were removed during WWI for use in Europe. The fort was then used for training of military personnel.
In 1957 the state of Washington purchased Fort Worden for $127,533 for use as a diagnostic and treatment facility for juveniles which was closed in 1971.In 1982, the movie"An Officer and a Gentleman" was filmed here.The park features two campgrounds. We camped here in 2009 and again in 2012. We prefer the lower campground on the water. Today it is a multi use facility and the old officer quarters and Alexander's Castle can be rented. The Commanding Officer's Quarter has been restored and open in the summer for tours. There are hiking trails to explore the batteries, Coast Artillery Museum, Point Wilson Lighthouse, Marine Science Center and Copper Canyon Press.
|Remaining Buildings on Fort Worden|
|View From Above|
|Point Wilson Lighthouse|
|Signage on Alexander's Castle|
About 30 minutes away is Fort Flagler,another coastal defense fort sits at the northern end of Marrowstone Island and was established in 1897 and deactivated in 1954. This was our 3rd visit in years past. It is now a Washington State Park featuring several campgrounds, hiking and biking trails, historic homes that can now be rented, musuem, beaches and batteries that can be explored. From the fort you can see Port Townsend,the cranes on the Navy Base on Indian Island and Whidbey across Admiralty Inlet. The park is used for conferences,band camps and retreats.
|Coast Guard Station Fort Flagler|
|Mt Baker from Fort Flagler|
|Resting Deer on the Park Grounds|
For current information of hours of these and other parks, visit the Washington State Parks website.
On the ferry ride back to Coupeville, we caught of glimpse of Fort Casey. As noted by the picture, it is well hidden from the enemy. We took another ride through the park as I wanted more deer pictures.
|Ferry Dock Port Townsend|
|Approaching Fort Casey|
|Deer on Fort Casey|
It was another day in Paradise on our continuing journey.