A quick little paddle from Port Townsend lands you at Point Wilson and Fort Worden State Park. Fort Worden helps form the historical 'Triangle of Fire' (sometimes called the 'Triangle of Death'), the triangular location of Forts guarding the entrance of the Admiralty Inlet/Puget Sound - once meant to protect the US during a WW naval invasion.
We left from the Point Hudson Marina, they have a nice little launch (and low to the water) and free parking close by. Pygmy Kayaks is also nearby, they make the fancy wooden kayaks you see in the photo above.
The paddle is pretty much Northward toward the point you see on the map above.
It took us about 45 mins (fighting a little wind and waves) to reach the lighthouse at Point Wilson. We kayak-sailed back (pictured below), which actually took about the same amount of time but without any paddling, just steering with our foot-rudder. I'm not sure if Captain Wifey's Kindle reading helped at all, but who knows:)
Tides and wind can make or break this trip so pay attention, pack a lunch, and give yourself about a good 3 hours plus to paddle, picnic, and explore the lighthouse!
~Paul & Amber ETC
On a recent trip to the Olympic peninsula we decided to pull off from our normal drive (Bainbridge or Kingston ferry then up and over) and check out the Point No Point lighthouse. I had sailed by it many times before so I thought it'd be nice to see it from the land...and it was!
We toured the mini-museum and gift shop, checking out the old lights that used to be in the lighthouse (it's owned by the park & rec now). We also noticed you can rent out the old Lighthouse society headquarters building next-door...sweet.
Afterwards we hiked a little on some trails in the nearby woods and on the sandy beach at low tide. There is a little bit of a sandy spit here that jets out into the water - early (white) explorers thought it was more of a point than it turned out to be...a-hem...Point No Point. To top it off - it was sunny...in the Northwest!
~Paul & Amber ETC
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