It's been warm and sunny all weekend and we spent Sunday afternoon hiking in the woods above Fort Worden. The weather has really been amazing this weekend. I can only imagine how beautiful it will be when summer arrives in full force.
Ezzy and Levon had a great time with Dante, one of their new friends from Rose Wind. Dante and his family are one of many unschooling families up here in Port Townsend. The kids spend a lot of time together with nature hikes, gymnastics and next month we start soccer!
We really love exploring all the old abandoned buildings and batteries here. There are long dark hallways and stairs leading to deep empty rectangular rooms where no light ever gets in. Rusty doors, dark tunnels and jagged metal all juxtaposed with the stunning natural beauty of the woods and waterways that surround the peninsula. It's all abandoned with the exception of the deer and wildlife that are always present. Very cool.
More great pics of our hike: http://photobucket.com/ftworden
Fort Worden, along with the heavy batteries of Fort Flagler and Fort Casey, once guarded nautical entrance to Puget Sound. These posts, established in the late 1890s, became the first line of a fortification system designed to prevent a hostile fleet from reaching such targets as the Bremerton Naval Yard and the cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Everett. Construction began in 1897 and continued in one form or another until the fort was closed in 1953. The property was purchased as a state park in 1955.