Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Deception Pass and Fort Casey

It is so fun to eat out for breakfast, and Kitten agrees. Here she is a little in shock at the plate set in front of her. Finishing those hash browns off looked like an impossible feat.

LOOK AT HER GO! Look at that sheer determination and intensity.

Ta da! Almost done! And her daddy had added some meat to her plate throughout the course of the meal as well ha ha! Crazy girl. She loves potatoes just like her Great Grandma.

Our first glimpse over the edge of the bridge at Deception Pass. If you have some time, follow that link and read the history of the area, it's fairly interesting and includes human smuggling, which is so sad.

From a path below the bridge. It is an impressive structure.

Yes, they took the stroller down the walking path.... if any of my readers have travelled on this path, you will know that it is STEEP and that there is a road and a parking lot at the bottom of it. We didn't know that ha ha, so later the guys walked back up the long steep path to get the van and bring it to the bottom.

The waters here are turbulent with currents.

I think Kitten is thinking "Don't let go daddy!"

Looking as high as possible, and...

...looking as low as possible. Tiny sprouts and moss.

The Mr. and the bridge.

Throwing rocks.

"I'll get a biggest one!"

See the rock in mid air?

Penny sized blooms in the lawn of the state park.

Mid flight....

...and a safe landing.

Later in this post there is a photo of the view from the lookout tower. There were several lookout towers along the length of the fort and one of them was left open for exploring.

Checking out one of the big disappearing guns. According to Wikipedia, Several of these became active at Fort Casey in 1901, but then the airplane was invented in 1903 and the guns became obsolete. In the visitors center, we watched a video of these guns going off. Things were so different back then! To get a picture of what life was like in 1903, below are a few snapshots of a reproduction Sears catalog from 1908 that was in the visitors center.

Now if you are interested in the past at all, these next few photos are for you. Part of the lighthouse building displays antiques and this Sears catalog was fun to look through.

Men's pants for 60 cents, or at the most, just under $3.

Human hair switches, pompadours or wigs made available to all. 28 inches of hair was just $3.48.

One for the guys.

Fancy hats in 2010 sell for a couple hundred dollars at fancy department stores, in 1908 they were around $4!

What you see from the lookout tower.
Aww! The Mr. and Kitten.

Bald Eagle

Queen Anne's Lace or "wild carrot."

Weeds taller than Kitten and wind so strong that I had to rescue Kitten as it started blowing her and forcing her little legs to make running motions just to keep her from toppling over!

The closest I have ever been to a wild Bald Eagle.

See Jolly? See the eagle at the very top of the tree closest to her? That is pretty close for a wild eagle.

The view from the top of the lighthouse.

The stairs to get back down.

Tickle time before we get back in the van for the drive home.


  1. Great pictures, as always! :) The Sears catalog is hysterical! I especially love one of the hat ads that says "simplicity and quiet style in every line," a hat that I would consider to be massive and gaudy. Fashions change ...

  2. Lots of interesting and cool pics as usual, But I LOVE that last pic of Kitten! :)

  3. Great photos!! Especially the one of the kiddo jumping off the parking barrier. Really enjoyed that post--yet another thing I would like to see in your area!

  4. Oh my goodness, that 'mid flight' photo is awesome! OK, there are a pile of stunning shots, and those hash browns, that girl can eat!

  5. What a great post! I love that area, spent a lot of happy time there when I was growing up. :-) I really love your close to the grown shot, and all the mid-air action shots, nicely done! :-)

  6. That was one of our favorite places to go when we lived in Washington. I miss the fort. My husband always brought lots of flashlights and he and the kids would run through the tunnels playing tag.

  7. Visty- if you ever want tunnels to run through, the ones at Fort Casey are boarded up now. Go to Fort Worden instead: http://chattyhousewife.blogspot.com/2008/12/fort-worden.html

    It's a large fort with several different sections and lots of open doors!


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