August 1: Fort Worden, WA

Trip Start Jun 02, 2011
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Trip End Sep 25, 2011


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Fort Worden State Park Port Townsend
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Monday, August 1, 2011

Fort Worden, WA

We crossed the border from Canada back to the US today.   We were all happy to get back to the US - the girls because it feels like we are now heading back home, and me because the prices in the US are at least 30% cheaper!   As an example, gas in Canada is about $5 per gallon, and when we crossed into the US it was $3.65 per gallon. 

Our pass through customs had the longest wait, at about 30 minutes (due to all of the Canadian shopping!), but it was also the fastest once we reached the officer.   He only asked us why we were in Canada, and then waved us through without much interest.

The exciting part of our drive today was taking the ferry from Coupville, WA to Port Townsend, WA.  It was about a 35 minute ride, and were the last vehicle that made it on the ferry.   It was cool because the girls were able to stay in the RV and look out the back window and it appeared as though the RV was traveling on water.

Fort Worden is located right inside Port Townsend.  Our campsite was located right on the water, and it was very windy. Fortunately the weather was nice, or I expect it would be real nasty here!  Fort Wordon is really a neat historic area.   It is located right on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and was built in 1897 along with 2 other forts to create a "triangle of fire" to protect the United States from any invading enemy. At the time, the US feared an attack by a foreign Navy, so they built coastal forts at every major harbor entrance   The forts were a self contained military community, built with the most modern weapons of their time.  We were able to walk along the artilery line which sits high above the water and the concrete fortification sits in perfect condition, with the weapons long removed.  After the feared attack never occurred, Fort Wordon was closed in the 1950's, and remains a State Park today.

The girls collected sea-wood along the beach and built quite an impressive tower for a fire.  Because it was so windy, ad because we had no paper, I was concerned that we would not be able to start the fire.  However, Katelyn said she learned from her Laura Ingalls Wilder books that the underbrush works even better than paper, so they all collected a thick bed of dead grass growing on the dunes. I was surprised how fast the fire lit, and it was really a nice bonfire.  The girls got to roast Smores as a reward, so everyone was happy.

We all came in at about 9pm.  Everyone showered and wrote in their journals, and then went to bed at about 10pm.

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