Washington Lighthouses: Round 2

After spending a day at Mt. Baker upon our return to the U.S. from Canada, we spent our final two days in Seattle and the surrounding area where we visited three more lighthouses.

The first, Mukilteo, was the only lighthouse we were able to enter. We arrived on Sunday afternoon and found the lighthouse and grounds open and took the opportunity to climb to the top where we were able to watch the ferry depart for Clinton.

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Our final day took us to Alki Lighthouse in West Seattle, directly west of downtown on the point. Blocked from public access behind locked gates in the middle of a neighborhood proved only a slight deterrent as we located an access point to the beach and then walked around the point and climbed the rocks to get an up close look and take the obligatory selfie.

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imageDiscovery Park, the site of Fort Lawton and the West Point Lighthouse was where we hiked to lighthouse number ten in the Pacific Northwest. Due to poorly marked trails, we took a lengthy route through shaded trails down to the beach where we got the first glimpse of the lighthouse. We finally managed to find a path which provided access to our destination.

Pictures and then a walk on the beach before heading back to the car and concluding our nearly five mile walk to satisfy our curiosity about West Point Lighthouse…a good way to end our trip.

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As we said good-bye to Washington, it’s time to start visiting Lighthouses closer to home.

 

Looking for Lighthouses

It only took six months, but we finally started making progress toward our goal of visiting fifteen lighthouses in 2015. As one of the items on our list of 15 in 15, we planned to visit one or two lighthouses each month, but that didn’t happen.

On our drive from Portland to Vancouver, we managed to visit four of these majestic beacons in the state of Washington. The first, located near Long Beach, was North Head Lighthouse.
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Also near Long Beach we found Cape Disappointment Lighthouse.

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Point Wilson Lighthouse in Port Townsend looking out from Fort Worten made number three.

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At Fort Casey State Park, we managed to drive out to Admiralty Head Lighthouse and photograph our fourth lighthouse even though we arrived a half hour before the park opened.

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Four lighthouses in two days! I think we’ll make 15 after all.