“Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height! Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring, up through the atmosphere, up where the air is clear, Oh, let’s go fly a kite!”
The lyrics to this song from the Walt Disney movie ‘Mary Poppins’ came alive this past weekend at Fort Casey State Park on Whidbey Island. It is the perfect place to spend the day.
When you arrive at the park you are greeted by an expansive meadow the size of a football field overlooking the Puget Sound. I looked up in the sky and my eyes spied a lone kite flying high. The windy weather had fueled the kite upward and I stood there and watched the rainbow of colors dip and soar across the cloudy blue backdrop. It was mesmerizing!
The string seemed invisible but I talked to the woman attached to it so I quickly knew someone was in control. She offered me the reigns to try my hand at flying it but I replied, “No Thanks.” I just wanted to relax and enjoy the single-star show but secretly vowed to bring my own next time.
There is so much to see and do at the park. Take the time to wander through Fort Casey and explore the cavernous remnants of the historic military base built in the late 1800s.
Check out the Admiralty Head Lighthouse built in 1903 that has just recently been refurbished and is open to the public. (Check WA State Parks website for hours.) There is also a gift shop with souvenir trinkets and apparel.
Hike the beach and bluffs and enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest scenery. You will need a Discover Pass (available for purchase at the park).
For a post-adventure treat head to Coupeville only 3 miles away to enjoy fresh mussels at the Front Street Grill.
Happy Adventures to you!!