A few weeks ago a couple friends and I headed there early on a Saturday morning for a photography outing. After Cameron picked us up at the Bainbridge ferry, with a bag of warm muffins from a local bakery to share (bless him!), we drove north about 25 minutes. Our route passed through the Port Madison Indian Reservation and bucolic pastures en route to Point No Point, land's end, in Hansville.
|First ferry of the day from Seattle arriving at Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island|
Since we arrived early, we were there with the birders and fishers (mostly men but a few women, too). On this low-lying spit of land, a wetland below the lighthouse is a birder's haven. And most of the former mighty Puget Sound salmon runs pass by here, making it a seasonal magnet for local fishermen and women.
|Fly fishers at Point No Point, facing eastward|
|The guy on the left with a couple silver salmon had better luck than most today.|
|Trail to bird viewing platform, wetland to the right.|
|Driftwood sculpture...or not?|
|Historic Point No Point Lighthouse|
And this point was the site of the sweeping Treaty of Point No Point in 1855, where local Indian Tribes (S'Klallam, Chimakum, and Skokomish) were essentially bullied into ceding their land from the Olympic Mountains on the west all the way to the Cascade Mountains on the east to the U. S. government. While the tribes were provided token reservation land to inhabit, an important trade-off was the allowance of hunting and fishing rights, which persist today.
I'm tempted to grab some friends and come over here some weekend to spend the night at the former lighthouse keeper's house, which has been converted into a duplex, half of which is available for rent. I can see it now - relaxing on the covered porch with a nightcap and then again in the morning with a cup of tea.
What are you memories of Point No Point? Have you stayed at the lighthouse keeper's house? Would love to hear in the comments below!
When You Go
This link has directions to drive to Point No Point. Here's a link to rental information. There's a two-night minimum stay on weekends and it costs $215/night. We took the Bainbridge ferry from Seattle, but if you're north of downtown, the Edmonds-Kingston ferry is closer. For a good article about the lighthouse history, here's a story from the Seattle Times.