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Tuesday August 29: Snohomish

Thursday August 31: Snohomish to Boston

Wednesday August 30: Snohomish

Kite over Casey

Today we took a trip to Whidbey Island. After breakfast we took the Mukilteo/Clinton Ferry to the island, and then drove to Fort Casey. This is an old coastal defense fort that has a pair of disappearing cannon, and places for more guns. Apparently it was state of the art when it was built, but then not long after battleship guns got bigger and planes started dropping bombs, and those forts became totally obsolete.

Fort Casey
Big Gun
John on Disappearing Gun
Gun that has Disappeared
Jim Looking at Gun's Breech
Strange Panorama of Fort
Amy on Bluff
John on Bluff
John at Fort
Jim and John at a Gun Placement

After walking around the battlements for a bit, we dug out Johnís stunt kite. That is the kind that has two strings running to it, so you can steer it. Weíve never flown one like that before, and it was rather fun. It is much more fun than a normal kite that you canít control. We were amazed that with as many times that it crashed into the ground, it never broke.

John and Sam Setting Up the Kite
John Demonstrating Kite with Sam and Amy
John Demonstrating Kite
Sam Launching Kite for Amy
Sam Launching Kite for Amy

Then we drove up Whidbey Island and stopped at Oak Harbor for lunch, then drove to Deception Pass. There is a very high truss bridge over the pass to the island. We parked and walked over the bridge. Amy, Sam, and John loved it. I was less than thrilled, as my fear of heights took rather an exception to the bridge. They went over a second bridge, but I skipped that one. They enjoyed the view from the bridge. I just looked straight ahead.

Bridge Over Deception Pass
Bridge Over Deception Pass
Another View of Bridge
Sam Taking a Picture

After that, we drove up to Mt. Erie to see the views. Then we drove home in time to make dinner.

Sam on Rock on Mt. Erie
Sam on Rock on Mt. Erie
View from Mt. Erie

Now it is time to pack up our bags and get ready for an early morning trip to the airport and the end of our vacation.

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Tuesday August 29: Snohomish

Thursday August 31: Snohomish to Boston