Friday, September 17, 2010

A Foggy Day in Port Townsend and on the Steilacoom II

Port Townsend from the Steilacoom II
Yesterday's work involved a fairly long meeting that ended with me taking a little geology field trip along the Port Townsend shoreline below Morgan Hill. The morning fog had turned to rain by the time I began my walk. Summer really does appear to have ended as I had my first good soaking in a while. Ended the field work with a hot bowl of soup and a Guinness at a bar on Water Street.
Bright sunny days may be a rare thing for a while, but the ride on the ferry provided nice views anyway. For the past couple of years the Keystone-Port Townsend ferry run has been served by the Steilacoom II. The previous Washington State ferry boat had been pulled from service due to cracks in the hull. The Steilacoom II a boat owned by Pierce County for its ferry service between Steilacoom and Anderson Island has been filling in. The new Washington ferry boat is undergoing test runs in Elliot Bay and is supposed start its Port Townsend service in about a month. The ferry ride passes through what was formerly a triangle of fire with forts at Fort Worden north of Port Townsend as seen above and from Fort Flagler on the north end of Marrowstone Island and Fort Casey on Whidbey Island. 
North end of Marrowstone

West Coast of Whidbey Island at Fort Casey

My geology field work site at Port Townsend's Morgan Hill Bluff


Mihaela said...

We visited Port Townsend last year and fell in love with the place. We've been looking for opportunities to get back ever since. Even thinking that we may live there at one point in life. I have to visit Morgan Hill Bluff next time.

Dan McShane said...

I am fortunate to get to go there every two or three weeks. The beach north of downtown along the base of the Morgan Hill bluff is a great beach walk any time of year.

Dawn said...

love your ferry photos (at least I assume they are from the ferry). I get to live in Oak Harbor and love that ferry road. I am thoroughly enjoying this fall weather so far though it's mighty windy today. Thanks for your blog, I really enjoy it.

Dan McShane said...

Thanks Dawn, they are from the ferry last week.
Also have plans to post something about Oak Harbor one of these days.