Well….we are in the Army BUNKERS anyway.
Last week was a family weekend – driving miles to make the rounds visiting family. It is always renewing to connect with the ones you love but it doesn’t leave us a whole lot of room to sneak in an outdoor adventure.
We went to Port Townsend to visit my step-dad and made a stop at Fort Warden State Park while we were there. It is just around the corner from one of our favorite Port Townsend beach hikes out to Glass Beach.
Fort Worden was an active US Army base from 1902 to 1953 for the protection of Puget Sound. The Army built a a lot of military bunkers so they could watch for and shoot at enemy ships threatening to attack Seattle and other Puget Sound Cities.
Washington State Parks started collecting fees and requiring a parking pass (called the Discovery Pass) since I was there last. We believe in supporting the public lands we love and own a pass but totally forgot we would need it on this trip. We got lucky the day we visited because it was a “free parking” day due to the holiday so we didn’t need a pass.
Since we were short on time, we spent most of our time at the big bunker along the beach. There is a big parking lot there and it is just a short walk away. Because of the easy access, this bunker has been vandalized more than the others but it is still really neat.
It was very cold and kind of windy when we were there but we toughed it out for about an hour. I was able to get some great photos that weren’t blurry from the dog’s shaking 🙂
I think we actually wimped out in the cold before Chester and Gretel did. I don’t mind the actual cold but the wind was biting. We all scurried back to the car to warm up.
Fort Warden is a lot of fun. I spend a fair amount of time there while I was growing up so I tend to take it for granted. I have snooped around every cool and scary bunker there.
This was the first time S had been there. He likes history and mechanical things (there are remnants of old gears used to move artillery all over the place) so he was getting real curious about the bunkers up on the hill. Next time we go back to Port Townsend we will definitely have to spend some more time there.