Blogging the Centurion Achievement Challenge in 2013 #33-35
Three Volksport clubs united to bring a wonderful Memorial Day weekend event to our state. To defend Puget Sound in the 1890s three forts, Fort Casey on Whidbey Island, Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island, and Fort Worden at Port Townsend, were built at the entrance with huge guns creating a "Triangle of Fire." All three properties are now Washington State Parks.
As the crow flies, these forts are not that far apart. But because islands and waterways are involved, ferry boats were the only way to get all three walks done in one day.
I was walker number 5 at the Port Townsend/ Fort Worden walk which started at the Jefferson County Fair Grounds. It was slightly sprinkling, but not too cold as we walked about 10 blocks to a trail that led into the park. There was a variety of terrain...grassy meadows, paved streets, wooded trails and some beach walking. We walked along the top of the bluff where the military fortifications and buildings stand
Then down to the beach to get a closer look at the lighthouse
The movie "An Officer and a Gentleman" was filmed at this Fort.
I walked in Fort Flagler next. This route started in the camping area where most sites were filled with people enjoying a cloudy day at the beach. The route took a tour on some rather muddy trails past fortifications
and came out to views of the water and light house before returning to the start
AT the beginning of the day, I thought two out of three would be enough. But, I finished walk #2 by 1pm...and I've never taken the Port Townsend/Whidbey Island Ferry..so I retraced my path and got in line for the next ferry.
I arrived at the start point 2 minutes after the cut-off time. Not only did they let me start, they encouraged me to enjoy the entire 10k route. The route began with a very pleasant beach walk, through a camp ground, then up the hill to the fortifications. Fort Casey has successfully made the gun batteries safe and interesting to walk around without loosing the original character of the Fort. If was wonderful to see so many families enjoying the area.
The Admiralty Head Lighthouse was next on the route. It was open for tours!
The route lead to private land were we walked 5k on a nice wooded trail.
We passed the officer's quarters and a few more gun batteries before heading back to the beach for the finish.
Thank you to all the clubs that made this day possible.