Stand-up paddle surfer in the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Salt Creek Recreation Area is a 196-acre park on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  It’s a favorite spot for stand-up paddle surfing, an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage.

  

  

Stand-up paddle surfers next to a sea stack

Clallam County purchased the property from the Federal General Services Administration after being surplussed at the end of World War II.

  

  

Theresa sitting above the tide pools

The Tongue Point Marine Sanctuary has numerous tide pools with tiny marine animals.

  

  

Kayakers

There were also a few kayakers heading out to sea.

   

  

Camp Hayden bunker

Camp Hayden was constructed here as part of modernizing the Pacific coast defense system.  Construction of two large gun emplacements started in 1942.  The site included a tunnel linking the two guns and a large bunker that included a kitchen, mess hall, and sleeping quarters.

  

  

Timm standing next to 1-ton projectile bombs

Two 16-inch guns were installed to defend against enemy navies.  The 45-foot-long guns could fire a 1-ton projectile (shown above) 28 miles.  One gun was fired many times in practice; the other gun was never fired.  The Army declared Camp Hayden surplus in 1949.  The guns, which had cost U.S. taxpayers several million dollars, were reduced to 500 tons of scrap worth $15,000.

   

  

Parallel waves and circular grass

The parallel waves and circular grass made an interesting picture.

  

  

River otter on the banks of the Salt Creek

River otter just outside his or her den

We saw two river otters along the banks of Salt Creek.  An adult river otter is a member of the weasel family and can weigh between 10 and 30 pounds.  River otters are insulated by a thick, water-repellent coat of fur.  We saw them swim in and out of their den.

  

  

Sailboat on the Strait of Juan de Fuca

We could see the Vancouver Island Ranges across the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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