Monday, February 17, 2014

Fort Casey

Fort Casey, now a state park is one of four forts originally built in the 1890's to guard Admiralty Inlet, a part of Puget Sound.  The other three forts are Fort Ebey, also on Whidbey Island, and two across the inlet, Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island, and Fort Worden near Port Townsend.  None of the forts were involved in an active defense of the inlet and were manned only at the beginning of the twentieth century and again during World War II.  The state park which includes the fort also includes the Admiralty Head Lighthouse, now a museum.

These photos were taken on a January 6th excursion to Fort Casey with our daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren who had not seen the fort before.  The fort is maintained to some degree as a state park and is a wonderful place for photos and for children to explore.  We spent several hours there, though the weather was not very nice, but cloudy and cold, nor were there many people around which was very nice for taking photos.

The Fort


 Port Townsend and the Olympics

.  We had hoped to see the museum at the lighthouse and climb the lighthouse tower but it was not open.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Snowshoeing at Artist's Point (Part 3)

Another snowshoeing trip to the Mount Baker area.  Edward (our youngest son) saw my pictures of the last excursion and wanted to go.  The weather report was good and we, hoping to catch the sunrise from Artist's Point left at 5:00 am and were on the way up to Artist's Point by 6:30 am while it was still dark.  As the sky lightened it became more obvious that clouds were moving in and by the time we were at the top only occasional openings in the clouds allowed us to see the sunrise or the surrounding peaks.  We took enough photographs for a post anyway, but did not go to the top of Table Mountain as we had planned since we concluded that the views would not be any better up there.

Mount Baker
(the only glimpse we had of the peak - the other shots are of the surrounding area)

Mount Shuksan

Table Mountain

The Sunrise

Ross Lake

The Snow

The Trees