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Sky and I went to an agility event last weekend and had a chance to stay with friends of a friend who live on a bluff overlooking part of the Salish Sea. It was really very nice of them to take us in. Their little beach is 149 steps down from the their yard and we didn’t mind the walk at all. Sky was excited to smell the saltwater and chew on salty pieces of driftwood. It was pretty chilly so I didn’t throw anything into the water for her to chase. We enjoyed sunset and sunrise colors over the rugged Olympic Mountains. It was a good way to wind down in the evening and to wake up in the morning.

Don’t even ask about our agility results.

149 steps


Alpenglow at sunset


Morning waves


Morning light

According to wickipedia, Admiralty Inlet was considered so strategic to the defense of Puget Sound in the 1890s that three forts, Fort Casey on Whidbey Island, Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island, and Fort Worden at Port Townsend, were built at the entrance with huge guns creating a “triangle of fire.” This military strategy was built on the theory that the three fortresses would thwart any invasion attempt by sea.

Apparently that strategy worked.

Fort Casey is now a state park offering camping, day use and a chance to explore the ruins of the old fort. I spent a couple of hours in dark, water-stained concrete catacombs, going up and down stairs and wondering if I’d find a way out of dark passageways in search of interesting abstract images.

I think the colors are surprisingly vivid and bright for such a stark concrete and metal structure.

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