Bainbridge Island Tip
My fondest memory is being able to live on a small farm and have animals. I had a small goat named Bingo and I use to walk him in the forest around our neighbor hood, and then there was Fort Ward a mile away where I use to go and explore, long since empty.. I think the bunkers underground were kinda scary now that I think about it, Yikes.
History of the Site
The former Fort Ward is located on Bainbridge Island in Washington State and has also been known as U.S. Naval Radio Station - Bainbridge Island, and Seattle Defense Area AAA Battery 73H. The facility was initially established by the United States Army in 1899 and was modified during the mid-1940s by the Navy and the early 1950s by the Army. The site was initially utilized by the Army to defend the Puget Sound region against hostile intrusions by sea. During this period the facility was composed mainly of coastal gun emplacements (batteries) and observation bunkers. The site was later used as a communications center for Navy operations, and finally the facility was used as an anti-aircraft artillery facility to defend against enemy aircraft incursions. In 1959 the property was declared excess to defense needs and a portion of the site is now Fort Ward State Park and the remainder is under private ownership. pic courtesy d.rowbottom
Great Place to Live, Not Much for Tourists
Bainbridge Island is a popular location for Seattle's more wealthy residents to live. On a clear day, you can get wonderful views of Mt Rainier, the Seattle skyline (though it is very distant from the island) and the Olympic Mountains (if looking west).
However, there is very little public land here. Almost all of it is residential land for wealthy people who commute to Seattle, and whose estates are large enough that they don't need such simple public accomodations as public beaches or parks.
It is a popular tourist route for people to get from Seattle to the Olympic Peninsula, however.
Photos of a Ferry Trip, May 27, 2009
If it is a clear day in the Seattle area, you will definitely want to take at least one trip on a ferry.
For my first Seattle area ferry trip in many years, I decided to take the Bainbridge Island ferry, since it happened to be the most frequent of the long ferry trips, and is a fairly scenic trip.
These are the leftover photos that I didn't quite get put into the Seattle Area Ferries general tip or the Bainbridge Island Ferry tip.
Here you can see the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal on the Bainbridge Island end of the trip. To the right is the ferry shipyard. In the background, it is possible to see the Olympic Mountains.
While the ferry was approaching Bainbridge Island ferry terminal, I got this great view of the entire Seattle sklyline from a distance. The Cascade mountains are fairly visible in the distance, though it is hard to tell what is cloud and what is snow capped mountain in this photo.
Seattle has such a compact downtown that it is very hard to see the entire skyline from anywhere inside Seattle itself.
Naturally, Puget Sound has some great views of Seattle, as the open water provides little obstruction.
Here, you can see the famous Space Needle and part of downtown Seattle (though not the core of the central business district).
The open deck on the upper level provides some great viewing opportunities, though it is a bit windy at times up here, and can get a bit cold even on a warm day.
This truly is the entire Seattle skyline, as seen from the Bainbridge Island ferry.
In the maintime, approaching Bainbridge Island is very close. This is what some of the houses on Seattle's ferry suburb to the west look like. Naturally, the ones close to the water feature windows overlooking the sound.
Note also the bench seating on the upper deck of the ferry. It gets cold up here, but the view is worth it.
Yet another great view of the Seattle skyline from the Bainbridge Island ferry.
The Bainbridge Island ferry has this great view of Mount Rainier on a clear day.
Don't expect it to be directly behind the Seattle skyline. It is actually almost directly south of the ferry. The mountain is quite far south of Seattle, and so the direction seems a bit off if you don't know what direction the mountain actually sits. You may need to use a compass and map!
There is another version of this photo on my Bainbridge Island ferry tip.