Sunday, May 31, 2015

State Parks

Washington - Fort Casey State Park

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 5
Notes: Fort Casey State Park, a 467-acre marine camping park, is located on Whidbey Island in Washington, near the town of Coupeville.  Construction on the fort began in 1897, and featured guns on disappearing carriages that were only exposed long enough to fire.  However, the guns became obsolete soon after the invention of the airplane, as the disappearing guns did nothing to protect the fort from air attack.  The park also features the Admiralty Head Lighthouse, which was built in 1903 to withstand the concussion from the aforementioned guns at Fort Casey.

Washington - Cascade Lake, Moran State Park, Orcas Island

For: US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin - Flight 5
Notes: Cascade Lake is located in Moran State Park, a 5,000 acre park on Orcas Island.  The name "Orcas" may make you think of killer whales, but that is not where the name came from.  It is actually short for Horcasitas, which comes from Juan Vicente de Güemes Padilla Horcasitas y Aguayo, 2nd Count of Revillagigedo.  Yeah.  He was the Viceroy of Mexico who sent an expedition to explore the Pacific Northwest in 1791.The land for the state park was donated to the state of Washington in 1921 by Seattle mayor and shipbuilder Robert Moran.  

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