And on the island…
It was a quick day trip across Puget Sound to Marrowstone and Indian Islands, near Port Townsend. We hadn’t been there before and had an urge to check out the area. The rather dark, cold and blustery day was like many other winter days in the Pacific Northwest, so that didn’t keep us from going out.
The ferry views are always pleasant if you can take the cold on deck! You could sit at a window, but the crossing is only a half hour, so I typically roam the ferry to see what I can see. I never sit down, though it would be satisfying with a good book – or good friends.
I enjoy the ferry itself – the heavy ropes, the nets to keep people off the deck, the safety signs, the solid build. Even the brooms were poised for a picture, so I clicked. The last shot is taken from behind the reinforced glass door towards the bow. I focused on the metal in the glass so the rest blurred. I like the effect.
The beach scenes are from Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island. A strategic coastal defense fort that is now a park, it was built in the 1890’s and was active during both World Wars and the Korean War. This spot and two others nearby were a “Triangle of Fire” that defended Puget Sound. By 1953 it was deactivated. The park has lovely views of the water and the Olympic Mountains (above). And guess what – you can spend the night in the restored Engineer’s house, or how about the century-old Hospital Steward’s house? That one comes with pressed tin ceilings in the bathroom, a claw foot tub, and of course a porch. Prices are reasonable….
Finally, in the tiny town of Nordland on Marrowstone Island, shellfish is still serious business:
We should get back here next summer.
For now, eagerly looking forward to a few days in the desert this week, in a remote corner of Arizona.