This week, show us something creepy — because hey, we can’t take photos of rainbows and puppies every day. Well, okay, I guess we can. But let’s branch out anyway!
Michelle W. The Daily Post
Our long hot summer has been filled with fun day trips through some beautiful Pacific Northwest locations and I have plenty of new images ready to share but this week Michelle asks us to branch out a little and show a darker point of view. Even though my recent postings have been all about sunshine, beaches and nature I’ve been busy taking photos of some not-so-pretty corners too and today’s image is from inside a bunker at Fort Warden State Park outside of Port Townsend, WA.
Fort Warden was built in 1897 to serve as one of three Army bases along Admiralty Inlet and the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula creating a “triangle of fire” to protect the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as well as Seattle, Tacoma and Everett, WA. The big guns were never fired and finally removed in WWI for use in Europe but the bases remained active for training until the 1950’s. This stairway is one of many that lead down to a network of underground bunkers below the old gun installations and generations of kids and campers have used them to tell spooky ghost stories and creep around in the dark.
The rest of Fort Warden is now a beautiful Washington State Park open for camping, retreats and outdoor activities and many of the original buildings, homes and barracks are available for rent. John and I both attended summer camps at the Fort when we were in school and earlier this month we had a great time showing Ryan around the place. If anyone remembers the 1982 movie An Officer and a Gentleman or the 2002 movie The Ring they were both filmed here. I’ll share new photos of the grounds, beaches and view points in later posts but today’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Creepy is where we’ll start our tour.