Saturday, June 2, 2012
The Triangle of Fire Lighthouse Toure is a fun family event, an historic tour that will provide participants some of the history and scenery of the Puget Sound area. The route of the drive will also include at least two or three ferry rides across the sound, allowing drivers to enjoy one of the many unique aspects of the Puget Sound area.
The name of the tour is derived from the “Triangle of Fire”, an area of the entrance to Puget Sound that was once protected by huge coastal forts. Fort Casey, Fort Worden, and Fort Flagler, all three at one time were the main defensive fortifications protecting Puget Sound. These three forts covered an area that was called the Triangle of Fire, preventing enemy ships from penetrating the entrance to the sound. (Above photo: Triangle of Fire at Admiralty Inlet, Courtesy Google Earth and David Wilma)
The tentative tour route will visit all three of these fortification sites, and at each site will have viewing opportunities of the lighthouses that were installed near them: Admiralty Head Light [Fort Casey], Point Wilson Light [Fort Worden], and Marrowstone Point Light [Fort Flagler]. With the group meeting in Mukilteo, at the Mukilteo Light, a total of four lighthouses can be viewed during the tour.
Firing of 10-inch disappearing gun at Battery Ash, Fort Worden, 1910
Courtesy Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum
The Tour will meet at 8:00am Saturday June 2 at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, adjacent to the Mukilteo ferry terminal. The group will depart from Mukilteo for Clinton on Whidbey Island on the 9:00am Washington State ferry. Upon arrival on Whidbey Island, the leisurely drive continues north to historic Greenbank Farm, for brunch and optional wine tasting at the Whidbey Pies Café. After brunch, the tour visits Fort Casey State Park and Admiralty Head Light.
Upon leaving Fort Casey the group will enjoy another ferry ride from Keystone to Port Townsend. The drive continues north to Fort Worden State Park and Point Wilson Lighthouse. Upon departing Fort Worden, the group will drive south to Marrowstone Island, for a stop at Fort Flagler and Marrowstone Point Lighthouse.
Admiralty Head from the air, 1994
Courtesy Washington State Department of Ecology
The historic portion of the tour is complete upon departing Fort Flagler, and time permitting, the group may drive some twisty secondary roads south of Port Ludlow. Dinner will tentatively be in Port Gamble or Kingston at a place to be determined. After dinner the tour route will proceed to the Kingston ferry terminal, where the group will enjoy another ferry ride from Kingston to Edmonds. Upon arrival in Edmonds, the group tour officially ends, at which time drivers may take their own routes home.
Ferry crossing rates vary from $7.20 [Mukilteo] to $8.90 [Keystone] to $11.50 [Kingston].
State Park entry is $10.00 per park. Drivers are encouraged to purchase a discover pass for $30.00 which is good for one year. www.discoverpass.wa.gov
Registration for this event is open now at www.audiclubnw.motorsportreg.com