Having lived for most of my life in Florida and Texas, I think moving to the Seattle area was an easy transition for me because I still see a lot of water. Today, I would like to share one of my favorite areas that is very close to where I live...Point No Point Lighthouse.
When late spring and summer approaches, my husband and I love to take an afternoon drive over to a special area that is about a 25 minute drive from where we live.
On a pretty day, we put the top down on his convertible and drive over to a little area known as Hansville, Washington. (photo above: A dog enjoys fetching sticks thrown by his owner out in the water. That mountain in the distance is Mt. Ranier which can be seen from several places in our area.)
My husband and I usually drive to a place that serves delicious french crepes. We sit outside the little quaint crepe stand and enjoy our food while watching the ferry nearby come and go. Then, we drive a short distance to the beach area of Hansville. There is a beautiful little historic lighthouse there....called Point No Point....a very scenic spot.
I have never been to the Maine area. It was a place my mother always wanted to go. Many people have told me that this area reminds them of the Maine coastline. On the shoreline, you see lots of driftwood and old logs washed ashore. There are many trees around our shorelines. Logging was very big business here at one time.
As we drive towards the beach area, we pass several homes along the way. One of the homes was designed from part of a ship. Very interesting...
We walk down the beach and make our way to a very large rock in the water.
There are trees near the shoreline, and many times, you can spot eagles soaring about the trees.
There is a plaque in the area close to the lighthouse that tells you the history of this property. The land here once belonged to the Indians...and was once called "Hahd-kus or Point No Point."
Now cruise ships on their way to places like Alaska make their way around the waterfront. We have actually passed this way on a cruise just a few years ago. (something I will blog about in another posting)
The current is very strong in this area and many logs wash ashore to the beach. Visitors to the area take the logs and driftwood and create little driftwood "houses" to break the wind. It is fun to see the many designs that are created....left abandoned for the next person to add to.
I love to make photos of the lighthouse and the house nearby. I believe you can rent the beach house near the lighthouse. That would be fun to do sometime...
My husband and my older son stand near the rock that you saw previously. In the background, you can see another cruiseship as it passes by.
You can tour the lighthouse on days that it is open for viewing. There is always a friendly volunteer to welcome you and give you all the history of the lighthouse.
Believe it or not, there are deer and other animals in the area. We spotted some deer eating apples from one of the yards of the homes we passed driving to the beach.
My older son and I stand near the rock in the water. You can see how large the rock is...
When the weather is nice, many people love to walk the shoreline of the Hansville area. You can spot people with their dogs throwing sticks out to the water for them to fetch or picking up rocks along the waterfront. Sometimes, you can find a tiny conch shell along the beachfront but, mostly, there are little rocks.
It is not unusual to see someone fishing...
Near the beach, there are some beautiful homes that look out to the water...part of Puget Sound... We were told that, at one time, there used to be a great nursery not too far from this beach, and that Martha Stewart used to some here to spend a few days and visit the nursery. We love to bring friends and family who visit to this area and walk the beach with them.
We spot something different on the shore each time we walk it. There is something so relaxing about being near the water on a beautiful afternoon. Don't you agree?
Thank you for walking the beach with us at one of our favorite spots in the area. No matter where your path takes you today, I hope you enjoy the walk and have a beautiful day!