Thursday, August 5, 2010

Point Robinson: A Distinctly Vashon Point of View

The 980-foot long freighter moved through the water so much faster than I thought it could go. And it seemed so close to the shoreline. Welcome to Point Robinson — where “island time” and urban hustle and bustle converge. 

Freighter off Point Robinson (click for larger view)

Point Robinson is the easternmost point of Maury Island, which is a small island connected to Vashon Island. This location is right on the narrowest part of the Puget Sound shipping lane. It’s a great location for watching ship traffic coming in and going out of the Port of Tacoma.

Point Robinson aerial view (click for larger map)
One of the main attractions here is the lighthouse. The Point Robinson Lighthouse began as a fog signal station on July 1, 1885. Since then, it has provided maritime navigational aids for Puget sound marine traffic. The lighthouse may look familiar to you, since the tower is a twin of the Alki Point Lighthouse.

Point Robinson Lighthouse

In 2008, the Coast Guard replaced the original Fresnel light with a replaceable plastic beacon mounted outside the lantern room. However, the original Fresnel lens remains in the lantern room where it can be viewed by visitors.

Point Robinson Lighthouse: Fresnel lens

Point Robinson Park
The Point Robinson Lighthouse and the surrounding area is now part of a 10-acre shoreline park and marine conservancy that is managed by the Vashon Park District. The park includes an extensive sandy beach, walking trails in woodland areas, and picnic tables.

Point Robinson Park map (click for larger view)

You might even consider spending the night here. The lighthouse keepers’ quarters are available for rental. Quarters A (pictured below) has three bedrooms, and Quarters B has two bedrooms. Both rentals have full kitchens for cooking and dining. For more info, see Point Robinson Keepers’ Quarters.

Point Robinson keepers' quarters

Here’s a list of other Redmond Library blog postings on days trips in the Seattle area:
The Long and Windy Road: A Visit to the Wild Horse Wind Farm
English Boom Historical Park: A Camano Island Gem
Experience Washington: Your Staycation Travel Guide
Washington's Lighthouses: Point No Point
Padilla Bay Shore Trail: A Path to Nature
Historic Murals: A Walk Along Bothell's Past

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