Triangle of Fire

2018 West, Road Trip, Washington

Today’s adventure was to explore and learn more about Fort Worden and the Triangle of Fire defense of Puget Sound. Our first stop was actually at the registration desk in an ineffective attempt to book one more night here but then we proceeded to the Coast Artillery Museum housed in a 1902 barracks building to learn about the history of the fort and it’s role in protecting the coast here at the northeast corner of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula for the first half of the Twentieth Century.  It fulfilled its role just by being here, no shots were ever fired other than in training. Then after lunch at the Cable House Canteen where we dined on Fish & Chips at a picnic table overlooking the water and a brief retreat to our T@B, we hiked one of the trails to Artillery Hill and explored some of the batteries that housed state of the art massive guns. As we climbed around, on top of, and down into the fortifications we thought about the men who had been stationed here especially during World War II when there was deep concern about the vulnerability of the Puget Sound area to attack from Japanese forces. But for us it was a lovely sunny day and we delighted in the freedom to explore what is now vintage fortifications. Later in the day we returned to the beach area and sat on some driftwood while savoring our coffee and talking on the phone with a friend while savoring the sea air and the late afternoon light.

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