Category Archive: Things to see and do

Nov 23

WWII Gun Emplacements Once Protected Puget Sound and Seattle

Date on the main bunker entrance

The Army had plans in place to upgrade the Puget Sound harbor defenses when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The attack prompted a feverish scramble to implement those WWII plans. Fort Ebey was constructed from 1942 to 1944. It overlooked the Straight of Juan de Fuca and the open Pacific Ocean. It was the first of a series of defensive positions that also included forts Casey, Worden and Flagler, also on Puget Sound. Historic Fort Ebey State Park on Widbey Island is home to the remains of Battery 248 of the Coast Artillery Regiment of the Washington National Guard. The guns are gone, having been melted down for scrap at the end of the war. What remains, however, are the two circular gun emplacements and the supporting large concrete bunker where ammunition, powder bags, and other equipment was stored. The bunker is open to the public. A flashlight is a good companion if you venture into the bunker, as the rooms are not provided with any lights. You will see the massive steel doors on the powder rooms as well as the concrete pads where the three large generators were placed. In front of the bunker towards the edge of the steep cliff you will see the forward observation bunker. A narrow slit provided a panoramic view of the waters. No ships could enter the Sound without being spotted. The main armament of the fort was provided by two guns on swivel turrets. These guns fired a 108 pound shell with a range of 15 miles. The 26 man gun crews could fire a round every 12 seconds. Take a step back in time with a visit to Fort Ebey State Park. Walk where the artillerymen walked. Explore the bunker. Stand near the forward observation position and imagine being on the lookout for enemy ships trying to invade the Puget Sound. Day passes are only $10, with a yearly pass available for $30. More information about Fort Ebey State Park may be found at the park website.

Mar 06

Washington State Cascade mountain range

Snow Melt and waterfalls on Big 4 Mountain

The Cascade Range in Washington is one of the features of the Pacfic Northwest that draws tons of folks each and every year . The Mt Baker-Snoqualimie National Forest offers a tremendous varitey of recreation and nature loving opportunities. We have family in the Seattle area. When visiting we always try to allow for some …

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Nov 21

Bridge over Deception Pass

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This is the view from the bridge over Deception Pass. You are looking west through the pass and across the Straight of Juan de Fuca. The road runs south onto Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island. This northern route to Whidbey Island avoids the Ferry at Mukilteo, but takes a lot longer with more miles when coming from …

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Nov 19

Snow melt on Big Four Mountain

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Big Four Mountain (elevation 6160) in the Cascade range in Washington. Photo was taken from the picnic area just off the Mountain Loop Road. Multiple water falls can be seen cascading down the slopes.

Nov 17

Sunlight on the water as the fog rolls

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We were fortunate enough to take a whale watching cruise this past fall. We love the Island Mariner cruises out of Bellingham, Washington. The sun was out and there were dramatic fog banks rolling in and out of some of the San Juan Islands.

Nov 14

Brackett’s Landing North at Edmonds, Washington

The beach and jetty at Brackett's Landing

We found a really nice area at Edmonds, Washington. Brackett’s Landing North is located next to the Washington Ferry dock  that serves Edmonds and Kingston. What you don’t see is the 27 acre underwater park that opened in 1970. There are established trails and all sorts of underwater features including sunken ships and other structures …

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Oct 27

A fun Halloween Pumpkin Glow at a pumpkin patch

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Yesterday evening we had a fun time at a local event outside of Snohomish, Washington. We went to a local farm named Craven Farm to witness their Pumpkin Glow event. This facility had given 100 pumpkins to the local Boys and Girls Club. They also offered free pumpkins and carving tools anybody else who brought …

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Oct 18

A huge tree remnant on I-5

An interesting sight at a rest area.

A quick stop at the Rest Area on the northbound side of I-5 at mile marker 207 (north of Seattle, Washington) led to a surprise. There next to the rest room building was a huge tree “stump” with a roof mounted on top. I had to investigate! It turns out that this huge tree has …

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Oct 16

Bogart in the 2nd floor window

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Occasionally something will catch you eye as you are out and about. This happened to Sher and I a couple of days ago. We were in the town of Stanwood, Washington checking out the old buildings. We had read about one old saloon being haunted, complete with people spotting ghostly visions in second floor windows. …

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Oct 15

View of the Everett Naval Station from Rucker Hill

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This view was taken from the road around Rucker Hill in Everett, Washington. The Navy carrier, according to the number 68 is the Nimitz, a CVN class nuclear powered ship.               The other photo is of the Rucker Mansion, completed in 1905. It was the first home built on …

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