We boarded an 845AM ferry from Keystone over to Port Townsend for a visit to Fort Worden in order to visit the Harbor Entrance Command Post which is only open certain days of the year. On our last visit it was closed and John wanted to get photos and tour for his website. This was our 4th or 5th visit over the years.
While waiting for the ferry spotted an eagle, Guillemot and took photo of the Fort Casey Campground.
|Guillemot..Notice Red Feet|
|Fort Casey Campground|
It is only a 30 minute ride and spotted a cruise ship and sailing ship.
|Passing Cruise Ship|
|Think this Might be Tour Boat|
|Passing Cargo Ship|
|Coming into Port Townsend|
Since the upper part of the post is only accessible by foot, we parked the car below and hiked up to the batteries and artillery hill..about a 30 minute up hill walk. Once at the top we viewed some of the batteries and the old radar station.
|Radar Station in Deterioration|
When we got to the command post, John realized he had lost his folder containing layouts and maps. I retraced our steps back to the Radar Station and sure enough there it was hanging on a bush. Found a short cut back to the post where John was already taking the inside tour given by Alfred, When we got back to the car several hours later, we had done some 12,000 steps or about 5-6 miles. So glad it was a nice day and not too hot.
|Staris to Top of Command Post|
Fort Worden 100 years ago was home to over 1,000 troops defending Puget Sound and one of 3 forts that once made up the Coastal Defense System erected between 1898 and 1917 as part of "The Triangle of Fire". The area affords scenic views of Strait San Juan de Fuca and snowcapped mountains. Many of the remaining buildings such as officer quarters have been repurposed for lodging, education, conference venues and cafes. There is also a campground. The park has many hiking, biking and beach areas. Strongly recommend purchasing the Discovery Pass for $30/annual fee..otherwise each time you visit a State Park it is $10/day pass. When in the area also visit Fort Casey on Whidbey Island and Fort Flagler south of Port Townsend. RT ferry ride from Keystone with vehicle and passenger is around $28. Also,there is a nice care across from Ferry in Keystone. Since we arrived early for the ferry, got a breakfast sandwich and coffee.
We then drove East to Camp Hayden as John was trying to find a battery located in another area from the Camp.Well, the GPS took us up an old logging road full of pot holes and deep ruts..some 5 miles. Unfortunately,the battery was not visible from the end of the road. Surprisingly, our 2003 Malibu made it with no problems,but not a drive I care to do again.
Camp Hayden overlooks th Strait of Juan de Fuca and was built during the early 1940's to beef up the coastal defense system of WWII and located at Tongue Point. This was our 2nd visit since 2009. Adjacent to the camp is a SP campground.
Time was drawing near and we had a 2 hour drive back to the 645PM ferry. All in all it was a productive day.