We had to do a bit of searching to find the batteries at Fort Flagler after our lunch picnic by the beach. We had made it that far–I didn’t want to leave until finding them! Thankfully it wasn’t too difficult of a search. We mostly explored Battery Revere and Wilhelm.
According to the Washington State Parks website, “Fort Flagler, along with the heavy batteries of Fort Worden and Fort Casey, once guarded nautical entrance to Puget Sound. These posts, established in the late 1890’s, became the first line of a fortification system designed to prevent a hostile fleet from reaching such targets as the Bremerton Naval Yard and the cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Everett. Construction began in 1897 and continued in one form or another until the fort was closed in 1953. The property was purchased as a state park in 1955. Fort Flagler is named after Brigadier General Daniel Webster Flagler.”
The Powder Room photo below was taken with flash–the room was off of a long corridor and was completely dark inside. I freaked myself out a little bit by only catching glimpses of things by the light of my camera. (I didn’t bring my flashlight with me this time.)
This hole was interesting… we spotted it by the shaft of light it let in in an otherwise completely dark room. I used my flash technique to make sure there weren’t any holes or things to trip us on our way to check it out. Not sure what it is really… maybe just for fresh air?
The batteries we explored at Fort Flagler were much darker than the ones at Fort Worden. It made them a bit creepier, but also more awesome.
I’ve always thought it would be cool to explore abandoned buildings and towns. These forts will probably be the closest I can get.
As an added bonus… we spotted deer! At first we thought there was just one, but then I saw another two join the first!
There were more places we wanted to explore, but it was getting late… just means another visit is in order!
PS. Want to explore some Washington State Parks without buying a Discovery Pass or paying the one-time fee? The State Parks have FREE days! The upcoming Free Days in the State Parks for 2012 are:
June 9: National Get Outdoors Day
Sept. 29: National Public Lands Day
Nov. 10 – 12: Veterans Day holiday weekend