Vacations To Go



October Fun


Day 1 Thursday October 12th  
Barb & Tim:      
4:00 p.m. Depart: Spokane  
8:30 p.m. Arrive: Seattle 280
8:15 p.m.
9:20 p.m.
10:05 p.m.
Do: Ferry $27.75 (19-64 years)  
8:50 p.m.
9:55 p.m.
10:40 p.m.
Arrive: Winslow  
    (Continue ahead. Turn left at the 2nd light/city center/Winslow Way . Turn right on Ericksen. Turn left on Wyatt Way. It will eventually go left. At the junction go left on Eagle Harbor Dr. It will eventually become Rockawy Beach Road. When the road reaches the end and starts to go right, the house is on the left.)  
  Lodge: Rockaway Beach View
3988 Rockaway Beach
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Ray & Sherry:      
9:00 a.m. Depart: Spokane  
11:00 p.m. Arrive: Moses Lake 105
  Do: Lunch  
11:30 p.m. Depart: Moses Lake  
2:30 p.m. Arrive: Kenmore 186
  Do: Kenmore Camera
6708 NE 181st
18 min   Around the Table Boardgame Pub
7600 196th St SW #300
28 min Arrive: Seattle 19
4:45 p.m.
5:45 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
Do: Ferry $20.30 (65 plus)  
5:20 p.m.
6:20 p.m.
7:05 p.m.
8:05 p.m.
Arrive: Winslow  
14 min. Lodge: Rockaway Beach View
3988 Rockaway Beach
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110


Day 2 Friday October 13th  
9:30 a.m. Depart: House  
    (Go north on Rockaway Beach Rd. It will become Eagle Harbor Dr and go right on Wyatt Way. Turn right on Grow and left on Winslow Way. In the park.)  
11 min.   Coquette Bake Shop (8-4)
140 Winslow Way W
    (Go right on Madison and left on Winslow Way.)  
    Dana's on Bainbridge Gift Shop (10-5)
Plum Gift Shop (11-5)
Millstream Bainbridge Gift Shop (11-5)
122-194 Winslow Way
    Hidden Gem Gift Shop (11-6)
Little Island Crafts (10-5)
Bon Bon Candies (10-6)
Blackbird Bakery (8-4)
210-278 Winslow Way E
    L'Atelier TR Chocolate Artisan (10-6)
380 Winslow Way E
    Winslow Grove Shopping Mall
Island Life Artisan Gifts
(10-6)or Bainbridge Apothecary and Tea Shop (11-6)
488 Winslow Way
    (Turn right on Bjune Dr. It will become Brien Dr.)  
    Waterfront Thrift Store (10-4)
370 Brien Dr SE
    (Go left on Brien Dr. Turn left on Winslow Way and an immediate right on Ericksen Ave. Turn left on Wyatt Way. Turn right on Finch Rd. Go left on High School Rd. Turn right into the park.)  
8 min   Strawberry Hill Park/Off-leash Dog Park-Mr. B's Bud Letterbox 2.5
    (Go back out of the park and turn left. on High School Rd. Go left on Sportsman Club Rd. Go left on Hwy 305. Turn right on Hidden Cove Rd.)  
11 min   Hidden Cove Park-Griffy Letterbox 5.7
    (Go back out on Hidden Cove Rd. Turn right on Hwy 305. Cross Agate Passage. Take an immediate right on Suquamish Way. Go left on Division. In 9 blocks go left on Columbia. Go right on Hwy 307 and left on Hwy 104.)  
24 min Arrive: Port Gamble 14
  See: Port Gamble General Store (10-6)  
    Buena Vista Cemetery-Check letterbox  
    (Go back on Hwy 104. Turn right on Hwy 307. Go left on Hwy 305. Turn right on Hostmark. It will become Front.)  
18 min Arrive: Poulsbo 10
  See: Shops  
    Sluys Poulsbo Bakery (5 a.m.-6 p.m.)
18924 Front St
    (Turn right on Jensen Way. On the left side.)  
    Ye Ol'Landmark (Tues-Sat 11-5)
19345 Jensen Way NE
    (Continue on Jensen going north. On the left side.)  
    Antiques in Poulsbo (11:30-5)
19365 Jensen Way NE
    (Turn right on 3rd. Go left on Iverson. Turn right on Hwy 305. Go right on Sportsman Club Rd. Turn right on Wyatt Way. It will become Eagle Harbor Dr. At the junction go left. It will become Rockaway Beach Rd.)  
27 min Lodge: Rockaway Beach View
3988 Rockaway Beach
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110


Day 3 Saturday October 14th  
9:20 a.m. Depart: House  
    (Go south on Rockaway Beach. Turn right on Halls Hill Rd. On the left.)  
  See: Halls Hill Lookout and Labyrinth
The lightly wooded parcel features a stone labyrinth, a bronze prayer wheel and carvings by Northwest artists. Meandering paths wind among native trees and plants, and benches and a chair swing looking down over the quiet harbor from the high bluff. Stone Labyrinth: The Halls Hill Lookout and Labyrinth’s signature feature is a stone mosaic labyrinth by artist and landscape designer Jeffrey Bale, of Portland, Ore. The 36-foot diameter labyrinth design is based on the 13th Century French Chartres Cathedral labyrinth.  Counting the central ring, the number of circles is 12, which ties the labyrinth to both the seasonal and lunar cycles. Jeffrey incorporated the Native American medicine wheel into his mosaic pattern, through orientation and coloration of stones. His labyrinth uses color, symbols, patterns, and numerology in the design created from stones found on Bainbridge Island beaches. The bronze prayer wheel was commissioned by artist and sculptor Tom Jay of Chimacum, Wash. Prayer wheels, as developed within the Tibetan tradition, provide people a way to offer heartfelt wishes that all beings might be free from sources of suffering. Mechanically turning the wheel, installed at heart-level, offers a comforting motion and sound, as the wheel completes nine revolutions.
    (Continue on Halls Hill. Go straight onto Blakely Hill Rd. Turn left on 3 T Rd. After it curves right, park on the 2nd wide spot. Take the path across the road to the beach. On the right..)  
    Abandoned Port Blakely Mill Company  
    (Continue left on Blakely. Turn left at the end of the park on Country Club Rd. Go right on Fort Ward Hill Rd. Turn right into the parking area. Go south on the trail.)  
2 min Arrive: Fort Ward Park (8-dusk)

Fort Ward was originally known as Beans Point and was established in 1890, as one of several US Army Coastal Artillery Corps installations built to defend Puget Sound from enemy warships. Its primary objective was to protect the nearby Bremerton Naval Shipyard. In 1903, the Army officially designated Beans Point as a seacoast fort and named it Fort Ward in honor of Colonel George H. Ward. Activity in and around the fort continued as new buildings were constructed and new troops arrived.Coastal artillery batteries like Battery Vinton were located at Fort Ward.  The artilleries guarded an underwater mine field placed across Rich Passage. The guns were removed on July 19, 1920, never having been fired for defense, and were shipped to France.

Then, in the 1920s, Fort Ward was placed on inactive status, but a small number of men were still stationed there. In 1928, the fort was essentially left abandoned. The fort remained abandoned for several years, until 1935 when it served as a state-operated summer camp for inner city children from Seattle.

  • Battery Nash (1903–1918), three 8 inch (203 mm) M1888 guns mounted on disappearing carriages, hidden along the bluff, now on private property;
  • Battery Warner (1903–1925), two 5-inch (127 mm) M1900 pillar mounted guns, now on private property and surrounded by modern homes;
  • Battery Thornburgh (1903–1920), four 3-inch (76 mm) M1898MI masking parapet mounted guns;
  • Battery Vinton (1903–1920), two 3-inch M1898MI masking parapet mounted guns.

Three years later in 1938, the US Navy took over Fort Ward from the US Army. The US Navy found the fort to be attractive after tests had shown that it was an outstanding location to eavesdrop on radio communication transmitted from the Far East, chiefly Japan. In August 1939, the US Navy relocated the Astoria, Oregon intercept site to Fort Ward. This was the beginning of the development of Fort Ward as a top-secret military listening post. Rhombicantennas were installed on the Parade Ground, and the old post exchange/gymnasium building was converted into a top secret listening post code-named "Station S". Inside "Station S", men and women worked 24 hours a day, listening in on Japanese naval communications, which were transmitted in the Japanese Morse Code. This building is now a private home.

The listening post activities were so top secret that personnel on the base were instructed not to look at the building when they walked by it.

Meanwhile, the Navy developed a "cover story" for what was happening at Naval Radio Station Bainbridge Island. The story—that it was one of the few Naval Reserve Radio Schools in the nation—received a full page of coverage in The Seattle Times on January 11, 1941. Some of the sailors pictured in the article actually worked at "Station S" after their training. Photos show the sailors copying Morse code in a classroom, setting up a Morse code-sending machine, and marching from their school building to noon mess.

In March 1941, a commercialteletype line between the installations at Winter Harbor, Main, Amagansett, New York, and Fort Ward was inaugurated. Communications between Washington, D.C., and its far-flung resources in the Pacific continued to be primitive. Messages and intercept logs, reports and professional correspondence, if classified, were painstakingly enciphered by the radio intelligence officer himself using special equipment and instructions. If transmitted as messages on manual Morse code circuits or landlines, they were delivered to the communications center where they were again enciphered. The Fort Ward command also oversaw the construction of the Navy's largest radio transmitter at Battle Point, with a tower 300 feet taller than the Space Needle. This was used to send messages to Navy Command at Pier 91 in Seattle.

The U.S. Army abandoned all operations in 1958. Upon this second deactivation, the Washington State Park System negotiated for acquisition of part of the fort in 1960, which became Fort Ward State Park. In 2011, it was transferred to the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District and became Fort Ward Park. The naval radio transmitting station located at Battle Point was deactivated on March 31, 1959, and the equipment was removed in 1971. The location is now Battle Point Park, administered by the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District.

Over the years, some of the buildings have been converted into homes, and the area, the parade ground of the community of Fort Wrd has been designated a National Historic Site. Many of the homes are also listed on the City of Bainbridge Island's Historic Register.

    (Go back out to Fort Ward Hill Rd. Turn left.Go left on Country Club Rd. Turn right on Blakely Ave. It will become Halls Hill Rd. Just before the road goes left.)  
  Do: Enjoy the View  
  Lodge: Rockaway Beach View
3988 Rockaway Beach
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110


Day 4 Sunday October 15th  
8:30 a.m. Depart: House  
    (Go north on Rockaway Beach Rd. It will go left on Eagle Harbor Dr, then right on Wyatt Way. Go right on Ericksen Ave and left on Winslow Way. Turn right to ferry.)  
8:45 a.m. Arrive: Bainbridge Island 5
9:35 a.m. Do: Ferry $17.90 (19-64)/$15.40 senior (65 plus) vehicle & driver only  
10:10 a.m. Arrive: Seattle  
3:00 p.m. Arrive: Spokane 285