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Kathleen here,


The end of June and it was time to travel over to the Washington Peninsula. This time we had the pleasure of two of our grandchildren’s company. Scott and Angela had an appointment on June 29 to pick up a brand new puppy. They needed to fly to Billings Montana, fetch the pup, and catch the returning flight on the same plane back to Seattle. We picked up Zak and Ellie on June 27.

The Tin in the Wind was parked at the Tulalip Indian Casino in Marysville, about 45 minutes north of where Ghost, Scott’s sailboat is docked in Seattle. We had left Lake Sawyer that morning to begin our trek west. As we were settling in that night, we heard loud fire crackers in the distance. As the western sky darkened, we began to see fireworks. Zak and Ellie wanted to watch the display of lights so I let them climb onto the hood of the Jeep. I wrapped them in a big blanket and they oohed and ahhed at the fireworks for over an hour before finally giving up and coming in to retire. The light show continued far into the night but we all fell asleep long before the end.

On the morning of the 28th we traveled north, over Deception Pass to Whidbey Island. Deception Pass is an absolutely gorgeous area. A high bridge connects the island and the mainland. As we approached the pass, we looked out over the strait and the deep blue waters of Puget Sound. The pass was named by George Vancouver. The first explorers of this area thought it to be an inlet until after following the narrow waters, it was discovered to be in fact a strait, thus: Deception Pass. Riding in the coach enabled all of us to get a grand view. The kids loved it.

On the northwestern point of Whidbey Island there is an abandoned military fort called Fort Casey. Built in the late 1890s, along with two other prominent forts: Fort Flagler and Fort Wordon, they sat at the entrance of Puget Sound. These three strongholds were called the Triangle of Fire designed to protect the Puget Sound area from any influx of enemy invasions by sea. Today the many abandoned forts in the area are beautiful state parks. Fort Casey has a small RV Park resting right on the beach. We spent one afternoon and night there. The kids built forts out of driftwood. They became best friends with some kids camped close by. We built a camp fire and roasted marsh mellows and we had a grand time. After settling in, tucked deep inside sleeping bags, it began. Not a mile away, there is a Naval Air Station. After dark the planes practice touch and goes. Zak could not believe his fortune. From our front window, he sat and watched the planes zoom back and forth, their loud engines echoing throughout the night. Zak has become an expert at mimicking the sounds of most aircraft as they fly the skies of the Seattle area. He recognized what kinds of aircraft were practicing that night. I was impressed.

Early on the 29th, we caught the ferry that carried us over to Port Townsend. Again, sitting in the front seat of the coach and in the front row on the ferry, Zak and Ellie didn’t miss a thing, as we cruised along over the waters of the Sound. Our next stop was an Escapee RV park just outside of the city. There isn’t much to do for kids in this park so we went for a ride.

Grandpa had a surprise for the kids. We drove west in our Jeep. Sequim is about 45 minutes away and is the home of an animal farm that was extensively visited by Hollywood and Walt Disney. This farm became a retirement home for all animals used in Disney and other Hollywood films. We toured a museum that houses sets from movies and television programs. Many very unusual items are on display. We then jumped back in the Jeep and drove the route that led us to the animals. We let the kids slide up through the sun-roof and sit on top with their legs dangling down close to me so I could grab on to them if needed. We bought a loaf of bread for each of them, at the ticket office, so they could feed the animals. They had the best time either throwing pieces of bread to lions and tigers and bears or letting antelope, bison, exotic deer, and elk come right to them, grabbing bread from anxious fingers. They squealed with glee as elk slobbered all over them, while stretching their necks to reach the kid’s hands and the top of our Jeep. The kids were delighted with the trip and kept saying, “ You are the best grandpa and grandma ever.” When the bread was gone, we waved good bye to all of the animals. The park is also home to monkeys, zebras, cougar, wolves, coyotes, brown bear, black bear, lions and tigers, a big rhinoceros and all kinds of rabbits, and a flock of beautiful very proud peacocks.

Remember Grizzly Adams? The set of his show and his cabin are on the farm. His faithful companion, Gentle Ben, the big grizzly bear, lived out his life after the series on the animal farm. He was ultimately buried there.

There also is an aquarium with many different species of marine life exhibited. We had a great time, ending the trip with a stop at Dairy Queen for a treat.

The next morning, June 30th, we packed up the kids’ bags and off we went to Kingston and the ferry that took them home to Mom and Dad and a new puppy named Fathom Bay Brosius. Scott brought the ferry over, picked up Zak and Ellie, and back on the ferry they went. Bye kids. We loved having you with us.




Zak and Ellie at Fort Casey















Petting Goats at Animal Farm















Rabbits Liked the Bread Too





























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Grizzly Adam's Cabin















Walking the Beach at Fort Casey

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