One of my first adventures alone here on Vashon, was to Winghaven Park. I read about Winghaven in the little tourist magazine that describes what there is to see and do here. The magazine mentioned that the park led to a beach, which had sea glass. So, I was all over that!
Getting there on my first trip was a little harder than it needed to be. Mostly because I drove past the tiny pull off to park, and kept going on the extremely narrow road. This is very nerve wracking in the big ass truck, because you never know if you are going to be able to turn around. I did find a small spot, managed to get turned around, and parked at the pull off. You then hike down a steep ravine, maybe a 1/2 mile, through the thick forest. I wasn’t expecting to see all this old concrete statuary.
What a happy surprise.
After I went there, I had to research and find out the story behind this place.
The history is long, and way interesting. I am just going to give you the highlights as far as this old statuary goes. In 1914 a Mr. Cowley purchased the property with the idea he would create a vacation resort. He built pools, gardens, and fountains. These are the remains of the fountains and garden walls. The forest has pretty much reclaimed it all.
His idea never really took off, although he had built all the pools and gardens. To read more about the history of this little park, go to this link. It really is quite interesting.
I have been here a couple more times, and had to take Al too. The dogs love it because they can run in the sand. Torrey will just run circles! She cracks me up.
Lots more tree art on the shore too.
My haul from the other day. I am addicted to finding this stuff.
This post is perfect for this weeks photo prompt too, Ornate.
And….I just listed all my custom made 8 x 10 framed prints in my Etsy shop, and on Mary Hone Photography. There are lots to choose from, so have a look. It is almost the holiday season ya’ know. If you like something, send me an email.