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June 20, 2010

Geocaching at Fort Flagler

Filed under: Family,Geocaching,Washington — eD @ 2:10 pm

With June still showing us a glimpse of winter here in the Northwest, every sunny day has to be enjoyed to the fullest. Friday’s forecast looked good so I took the day off from work and Jared and I headed up to Fort Flagler State Park located on Marrowstone Island.


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This was our first trip to Ft. Flagler. It is a shame that it has taken us so long to make our way to Marrowstone Island. It is a really nice place to visit and it is just a little over an hour drive from Bainbridge Island. In the state park, there are beaches, camping and picnicking spots and many trails. A lot of the structures remain from when the park was an active army base. There is a Battery Bankhead with its doors open that you can explore. You can drive to the bankhead but Jared and I parked just inside the campgrounds and followed a trail through the forest to it.

Off to find another cache

The park has plenty of beaches to check out. They are mostly sand which is a nice change from the rocky beaches of Bainbridge. The park also has a lot of open space that makes it a good kite flying spot. The wind was good while we were there so we broke out a kite.

Taking some time to fly a kite

Jared and I had not been geocaching since last summer so we anxious to do some hunting. Fort Flagler’s trails makes it a really nice place for geocaching.

The path to a cache

The path to a cache

History and a find

First find of the day

There are four caches in or very close to the park. The coolest one of the day was the one we found at the northeast end of the park. It is part of the Track the Dragon series of caches. This collection of caches was conceived back in the early nineties as an art project geared toward educating the public about the water cycle. At each cache location is a large dragon’s footprint.

A dragon print

A dragon print

Jared and I talked to a local guy who said back in the day when there were no GPS receivers, clues about the dragon track locations spread by word of mouth. Originally when you found a track, you also found a stash of playing cards. When put together, the cards formed a map or something. Now the tracks are regular geocache locations. On Friday, we only found one but we plan to return to find all twelve.

Next to Marrowstone Island, between the Olympic Pennisula and Marrowstone is Indian Island. Indian Island is home to a naval munitions handling facility which limits exploration of the island. But, along the south end of the island as you make your way to Marrowstone is a trail that connects a series of small roadside parks. You can find several caches along this trail. My suggestion is to park at one end and hike the trail to the opposite end. You will find geocaches as well as enjoy a really nice walk along the water’s edge.

Find #5

The view from find #6

Find #8

Find #7

The view at find #7

Find #10

Click on any photo above to see the full set. Click here to see our GPS track for the day.

Jared and I had an awesome day. I’ve said it before; geocaching is an outstanding way to discover new places. Caches are hidden in some very interesting places. We have visited spots while hunting for caches that we would have never visited on our own.

3 Comments »

  1. What did you take and what did you leave?

    Comment by John — June 20, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

  2. We always forget to bring anything to leave behind so we don’t take anything. We just sign the log. With my iPhone, we also log our visit at http://www.geocaching.com.

    Comment by eD — June 20, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

  3. Awesome! I love the dragon tracks. What a cool outing. Wish we could join you some time up there. Love the pics!

    Comment by Amy — June 20, 2010 @ 10:14 pm

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