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Deception? Pass.

Having lived in the USA of A for many years (ago, but not now) your editor has always marveled at how many place names in the US are based on some imminent threat: Whorekill. Devil’s Lake. Deception Pass.  Fishkill, Wallkill, Catskill, Cobelskill, Murderkill, Whorekill, Killkill. Hell, Michigan. Tombstone, Arizona. Frankenstein, Missouri, Red Devil, Alaska. Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. The list goes on and on. But, why is this?

Who knows? I guess that the forbearers must have been a suspicious lot. And that onus still spills into today. We recently visited Washington State, USA, not too far from Seattle, to sample its offerings, and many of the aforementioned locales popped up from that general area. One of the most interesting, though, is Whidbey Island & Fort Casey. It’s a massive fort / State Park located on Whidbey Island, in Island County, Washington State, and is one of several Washington State parks and a historic district within the U.S. Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

Once you’ve jumped out of your vehicle, you will immediately be struck (not literally) by this massive and foreboding edifice. Ostensibly, it was created to stop war ships (that never actually appeared) and to protect the Puget Sound, which was a place that definitely needed protection: they never knew who might sneak into the somewhat small inlet and wreak havoc. As it happens, the havoc never came. The fort persisted and you can visit it. It’s a nice, if dystopian way to spend the day. Check it out. If you have younger kids, they’ll love it.

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