In the early 1900s, Fort Casey on Whidbey Island was a major part of the nation's coastal military defense system.
Casey's huge guns were trained onto Admiralty Inlet to prevent enemy warships from passing into Puget Sound. After protecting the coast for half a century, the fort was decommissioned, eventually becoming what it is today: a state park with beautiful grounds and stellar views.
We stayed in the Fort Casey campground on a crisp, early February day, enjoying the winter sun and exploring the park's fortifications.
Check out these photos from the stay, and read more about Fort Casey in this Friday's column in The Spokesman-Review.