Saturday, March 23, 2013

Point Wilson Lighthouse

 This past Sunday we set out to spend a bright and sunny day with our friends, who live on the Kitsap Peninsula. They promised a trip to Port Townsend, a favorite of ours and theirs. We always like to look at this particular lighthouse, since it bears our name! Unfortunately I didn't get as many photos as I'd have liked. We were having too much fun talking and just being with our friends. The Point Wilson Lightouse is located in Fort Worden State Park, which, incidentally is the setting for the movie "An Officer and a Gentleman". It is just minutes from the historic seaport town of Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula. On a cloudless day I believe Mt. Baker is visible from this point. We did see the gorgeous Olympic Mountains to the west.

 The lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places, and was originally activated atop the lighthouse keeper's building in December 1879, and then moved to its current position in 1913. At 51 feet, Point Wilson Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Puget Sound. From the main viewpoint the keeper's house is in the forefront. I would have liked to get just the lighthouse, but It would have taken a hike past some fences to get around to the other side. Though sunny, the day was cold and windy, and we didn't want to be outside for long!

 We did hike down to the beach behind the lighthouse. These are our dear friends, with their new hairdos arranged by the wind. Puget Sound is incredibly beautiful in any weather. We agreed, we could live there! Of course, we have an excuse to visit often with these special folks to show us around!

We ventured on to Diamond Point, the spit of land to the west of Point Wilson, to look at the KM Resort where our friends like to camp in their RV. We were treated to a delicious fish lunch at a unique, out-of-the-way restaurant, and then scrumptious latte´s next to an incredible store that specialized in bird feeders and bird supplies of all kinds, as well as some lovely gifts. When we walked into the store I saw this huge orange cat and immediately had to pet him and ask all kinds of questions about him. His name is Luther and he has his own Facebook page. The owners said that before they got him he was a prodigious bird hunter, but has been "on the wagon" for 10 years. No more birds for Luther, especially living in a bird supply store! Oh, yes, Luther and I are now Facebook Friends!

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