Guarding The Coast

Every day the United States Coast Guard helicopter makes at least one pass along the bluff out in front of George Washington Inn. It is a vital part of the USCG’s mission to conduct “Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement/Homeland Security and Resource Protection activies in an area that includes the Strait of Juan De Fuca and the north western coast of Washington around the Olympic Peninsula to the mouth of Puget Sound.”

United States Coast Guard helicopter on patrol.

United States Coast Guard helicopter on patrol.

The air station, located on the tip of Ediz Hook, can be seen from the bluff or from the top of the inn up in the cupola. Standing at the end of this peninsula, a light tower now stands where a lighthouse once stood and sends its perpetual beam across the water at night. The Coast Guard cutters come and go and are often seen escorting submarines or other navy ships through the strait, one in front and one behind.

During the late spring halibut season, fish boats flocked to the waters just off the bluff. Once in a while the Coast Guard helicopter would circle the boats and check things out. We appreciate their dedication and service. One member who had been stationed in Port Angeles came back to visit and even made his stay at the inn.

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