Observations of Washington State Landscapes, Geology, Geography, Ecology, History and Land Use
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
Dan McShane is an engineering geologist with Stratum Group, a geology and environmental consulting company based in Bellingham, Washington. Dan has been reading Washington State landscapes since driving across the Horse Heaven Hills with his father and brother in 1970. Dan's wife has started painting Washington landscapes. The intent of this blog is to help all Washington travelers better understand the landscapes we see and share field observations.