THE RUINED BATTERIES AND BUNKERS of Fort Worden State Park can transform any 30 year old guy into a embattled artillery man or steeled ghost hunter, depending on whether he is ducking through the dripping, dark corridors or ascending the winding, weed coked stairs of the gun mounts. Built by the United States Army as an installation for the protection of Puget Sound, Fort Worden was an active military base from 1902 to 1953.
Now the decay is beautiful, with the layers of mold and rust and graffiti and the broad strokes of the the anti-graffiti paint. The drips discolored the walls and grew spindly stalactites. The moss and weeds and molds and mushrooms amass in beautiful splatters of red, green and brown destruction. Destruction that will eventually be complete, completely erasing the once stronghold of the Pacific coast.