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Local Adventures: Camp Casey

Last week, the first graders went for a field trip to Camp Casey, which is run by Seattle Pacific University. It sits next to Fort Casey, which is a Washington State Park. The two sections blend rather seamless, and one might find it hard at times to know which they are in. The Camp has the fort’s old barracks, parade grounds, commander house and officer housing, where the park has the historical fort and lighthouse.

Rain was forecast, but we lucked out and got rain on the bus rides and during our one inside class. And honestly, I much prefer the gloomy overcast for being on the beach on the island. Looking north towards Ebey’s Landing.

One of our activities was a guided hike to a grove of old Douglas Firs, on the edge of the bluff. The trail starts behind the officer row of houses and runs alongside the private campground that is in the trees, then connects to the Admiralty Inlet Preserve set of trails. I hadn’t been on this particular loop before, as it sits the farthest out.

The Douglas Firs are quite gnarled, and are estimated at 350+ years old. They sustain 50 mph winds throughout winter.

Beach time and looking across to Port Townsend and the ferry crossing.

Wild Nootka Roses blooming.

Alistaire in part of the fort, where a gun once was.

Spending a day hiking and on the beach (and time in the sea lab learning) is a great way to spend it.


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