History Class, Life, Uncategorized, World War 2

Exploring Point No Point

Sun! The Sun has returned!

I’ve mentioned before that finding family adventures is a challenge during the Pacific Northwest’s interminable rainy season.

When the sun comes back, everything changes.

It takes a little adjusting, as pale, waterlogged people exit their houses, blinking and cringing in the glare. (A radio station once told me that Seattle buys the most sunglasses per capita each year of any large city, and if I heard it on the radio, it must be true.)

What better place to enjoy the return of warm weather than a sandy beach? Especially if the location also has a little interesting history associated with it…

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Point No Point is located at the northern tip of Washington’s Kitsap Peninsula, one of the many narrow fingers of land that break up western Puget Sound into little inlets and channels. The drive up, like most western Washington roads, winds through evergreen and fern until you are near the coast and the forest vanishes, revealing blue skies and salt water winking between the buildings of Hansville.

The Native tribes originally occupying the area gave the point the more picturesque name “Hahd-skus” or “Long Nose.” It was the site of an 1855 treaty signed between the Chimacum, Skokomish and S’Klallam tribes and the Territorial Governor.

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Treaty Rock

The Point also boasts the oldest lighthouse on Puget Sound.

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The very first beacon on Point No Point was lit on January 1, 1880. It was a kerosene lantern, as the new lighthouse’s keeper had arrived, but the lighthouse’s Fresnel lens was a month behind him.

The lighthouse itself is open periodically for tours, and we happened to visit on the right day.  The inside is small, but the displays are interesting, and the staff were friendly and helpful.

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We weren’t allowed up the ladder, but were told where we could look up to the light. There it is!
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Foghorn. I wonder if I could install one of these on top of our van, to call the kids when it’s time to get out the door? I’m sure my neighbors would love it.

Naturally, I had to check the displays for a World War 2 connection. During the war, Point No Point served the wounded. It housed about fifty individuals, who took turns manning the watch tower and patrolling the coastline as they recuperated.

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WW2 Watchtower

Back outside, we admired the list of all of the marine life we could be seeing. Alas, no real animals decided to visit.

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C’mon, whales! Just one big breach, maybe a backflip, is that too much to ask?

Even without the marine life, the beach is sandy and gorgeous. The kids had a great time exploring and improving driftwood huts other visitors had left behind. Further along, near the gift shop, we admired some more detailed sculptures.

A portion of the keeper’s house is available for a vacation rental. While I’m not sure that the busy beach just across the front yard would make for a relaxing neighbor, the driftwood rocking chairs on the front porch did look inviting.

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So did the trails through the wetlands, connecting different beach areas on the point. The rosebushes and blackberry bramble lining the paths weren’t in bloom yet- I’d love to make it back to see them! We did find some gorgeous giant red hot pokers flowering near the beach, though.

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The rainy days will likely return before summer sets in for good, but here’s to enjoying adventures in the sun while we can!

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Thanks for visiting!

Do you have any favorite sunny day adventure spots that you’d like to share?

 

If you’d like more information on Point No Point, here’s a link to the Friends of Point No Point Lighthouse site, which I used to fill in the background information for this post.

 

 

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “Exploring Point No Point”

    1. Ha! Mine tend to be the quiet sort of stinkers. They won’t run up a ladder (especially since they don’t like ladders much) but they’ll keep throwing sand when they think I’m not looking, JUST TO SEE if it still stings in their eyes this summer too. Siiiiiiiigh.

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      1. Right? The windows were open yesterday, and I saw the neighbor right there working in the yard as my voice reached that shrill “I’veaskedyoufivetimeswhyareyoustilldoingthat!!!” pitch. Siiiiiiiigh. The foghorn would be less embarrassing methinks 😛

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    1. Granted! 🙂 I love the green, and I don’t miss driving in snow, though I do miss how bright the winters were in Minnesota- the gray skies out here get to me more than the rain. Thanks for stopping by!

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