Sightseeing on Rainy Days in April

by William Mclaughlin April. 30, 2012 918 views

We've had our share of rainy days but wait, this is the Pacific Northwest in the springtime! Rain is normal, expected and easy to deal with:) The pictures above are from our 2nd and 3rd day at Fort Worden. We've moved on to our second campsite in a KOA (Kampgrounds of America) site near Port Angeles and after three days here already we are getting ready to pack up and move to a campground over on the Pacific Coast in La Push, Washington. Our campsite there is supposedly right next to the Pacific Ocean. Will show you pictures soon from the Port Angeles area and La Push. No Tsunami jokes please;-)

This day we took a walk up a high hill near our campgrounds on Fort Worden to inspect one hundred year old coastal artillery batteries from the turn of the 20th century when the biggest military threat to deal with were large navies with powerful battleships and BIG guns.

The view of the old post from half way up the hill.

Behind the main battery line…nobody here but us and a half dozen deer.

Somebody left the door open.

This gun was removed in 1918. The mount appears ready for it to come back at any time.

Rooms used for plotting fires and the battery commander's observation/control tower.

View from the observation/control tower.

Tara taking my picture while I did the same for her:)

Still raining over at Fort Flagler…the next day.

Mortar pits with rain drops on my lens.

A quick trip by the coastal artillery museum at Fort Worden reminds us that real people doing real things manned these old forts and the big guns that are now long gone. After WWII, many of the biggest guns were cut up and the steel was used for razor blades. How's that for a change to beating your swords into plow shares:)

And at the end of the day, the sun came back out…just in time for me to run over to Battery Kinzie. It was only a three minute walk from where we were camped. Ahhhh, sun and shadows…the thing this photographer enjoys the most.

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Neiwil 5 years, 4 months ago

Isn't it strange how the sun always shines just in time for it to set :-) Mother Natures humor I suppose. Very picturesque,for so much concrete but some interesting the mortar pits. Keep your powder....sorry! Camera dry and I'll catch you at our next stop........

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Armando 5 years, 4 months ago

Really good. Congratulations.

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