High Tide at Fort Worden

Sunday the wind quit for a few hours allowing us to take a pleasant walk in Fort Worden. Usually we walk on the beach but the high tide covered the sand.

Driftwood on Port Townsend's Fort Worden beach

Driftwood that typically rests on the beach floated free.

Fort Worden Afternoon--14Waves reached all the way up to the low bluff that faces the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Fort Worden Afternoon--15

Fort Worden Afternoon--3Fortunately there is a trail that runs beside the Park road.

Fort Worden Afternoon--6

Although wind damage from yesterday’s storm still litters the park.

Fort Worden Afternoon--7

Unfortunately, other litter gets thrown in the grass and ferns.

Fort Worden Afternoon--5

There’s always the Point Wilson¬†Lighthouse to visit.

Photo of Point Wilson LIghthouse

I have dozens of Point Wilson lighthouse photos, but lighthouses are like sunsets. There’s always the need to take yet another version.

Photo of Point Wilson LIghthouse

Besides the lighthouse, the Port Townsend Marine Science Center always draws us back, as it does most visitors to Fort Worden State Park.

Fort Worden Afternoon--8

Including seagulls.

Fort Worden Afternoon--9

Crab fishers seem to find the place useful to store traps.
Fort Worden Afternoon--10

This is a view through the paving stones that cover the Marine Science Center pier.

Fort Worden Afternoon--12

This is part of the pier leading out to the Center.

Fort Worden Afternoon--13

And, there are always more visitors.

Visitors to Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Chimacum Creek

Lower Chimacum Creek at low tide
Lower Chimacum Creek at low tide

There is only one stream on the upper Quimper Peninsula that runs year round, Chimacum Creek. It is used by chum salmon for spawning and has seen quite a bit of habitat restoration. Here it flows through a tidal flat where it meets Port Townsend Bay in Irondale.

This area used to be a storage dump for logging operations. Now it is a county park.

Octobus

Octobus Garden
Octobus Garden

Formerly the Magic Bus, this Kinetic Sculpture lives just down the hill from me. The crew is in training for the Great Port Townsend Bay Kinetic Sculpture Race, October 3-4.

A Kinetic sculpture race is an organized contest of human-powered amphibious all-terrain works of art. The original event, the Kinetic Grand Championship in Humboldt County, California, is also called the “Triathlon of the Art World” because art and engineering are combined with physical endurance during a three day cross country race that includes sand, mud, pavement, a bay crossing, a river crossing and major hills.
From Wikipedia
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