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Fort Worden trip

Fort Worden – Port Townsend

Our first outing of the year!  We set out to Port Townsend in the Olympic Peninsula on January 24, 2016. We took the Mukilteo – Kingstone ferry and crossed the sound towards Port Townsend. There was a chance of showers in the weather forecast.  Once we arrived at Fort Townsend State Park, we contacted the Park Ranger and offered to perform a service project. 

The Park Ranger provided us with all the tools we needed and instructed us to help remove noxious weeds from the park.  There were about 22 Scouts and adults total. There was no lack of man-power here so we set out to remove scotch broom from the park.  We used some large tools that grabbed the plants stems, and leveraged them roots and all out of the ground.   It was hard work in light rain.   We filled a flat-bed truck in 2 hours time.

After two hours work and a truck full of weeds, we called the day and headed out to our campsite.  It was time to enjoy the weekend and start exploring Fort Worden.  This military installation if full of history and intriguing fortifications that date back to world war II.  Who could resist but to go out and explore every cranny, and dark passage.  From lookout towers, to ammunitions stores, to tunnels and communications rooms.  Way cool!

Needless to say no outing is complete unless there is a camp-fire.  At night we build a huge fire and kept us warm as we prepared and eat our meals.  Then after dinner it was time to play glow-in-the-dark frisbee. There were so few people at the campground in January that we practically had the whole place to ourselves.