A Landing a Day

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Silverdale, Washington

Posted by graywacke on June 25, 2010

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (now pretty much an every-other-day blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  Well, I’m hanging out in the OS Northwest, moving from OR to . . . WA; 47/44; 4/10; 2; 151.5.  Here’s my landing map, showing that I landed in a geographically unique area (hmm, looks like Puget Sound, eh?):

Stepping back a little, you can see that in fact I did land near the Sound & Seattle.  Today’s landing is north of Silverdale (the other landing is from January 2006):

Here’s the broadest view:

For the second straight landing, I landed in the watershed of a Clear Ck.  Today, though, Clear Ck flows into Puget Sound (my 8th Puget Sound landing).  My last landing’s Clear Ck flowed (as you no doubt remember) into the Stinkingwater Ck.

Here’s my GE shot, showing that I landed in quite the upscale neighborhood:

The condos to the north seem modest enough, but the single family homes look rather swanky.

Here’s an oblique GE shot looking west across the Hood “Canal” towards the Olympic Mountains:

I landed in Kitsap County, which is physiographically the Kitsap Peninsula.  From VisitKitsap.com:

In January 1857, local mill owners sent representatives to the Territorial Legislature with the mandate to “bring home a new county.” A bill was introduced to create “Madison” County . The bill passed with an amendment to change the name to “Slaughter” County in honor of a young lieutenant who had been killed during a Native American uprising.

In July 1857, the citizens of Slaughter County voted to change the name to Kitsap, a Native American word meaning good and brave. Ironically, it was Chief Kitsap and his band that killed Lt. William Slaughter.

Wow.  Did you catch that?  The county naming history is ironic (on more than one level).  First, there’s Lieutenant’s Slaughter’s name – one could argue that he was “slaughtered.”  But then, it’s wild that Slaughter County was changed to honor Chief Kitsap, the very guy who killed Slaughter!

Here’s a picture of the Lieutenant and his wife:

At the risk of sounding sexist, it looks to me like the Mrs. could use a makeover . . .

Hmmmm . . . a little more research shows that the above account is not necessarily taken as gospel.  From another Kitsap County site (kitsapfamily.com), Chief Kitsap is put in a much more favorable light:

The county name was changed by means of a general election on July 13, 1857. There was a general dislike of the name “Slaughter” thus it did not appear on the ballot. Some of the choices were; Madison, Mill, and Kitsap. The name Kitsap was chosen, in honor of an admirable Native American Chief who graciously received Captain George Vancouver during his early exploration of this area. “Kitsap” means brave or good, according to tribal legend.

Enough about the name, but I found one more piece of information about Chief Kitsap.  Check this out (from skagitriverjournal.com):

Chief Kitsap had ruled over his tribe for more than six decades and they respected and maybe feared him as a shaman and medicine man. But the tribe turned on him on April 18, 1860, after he administered a new “red magic medicine” to three of his tribe and they soon died. Relatives of the dead swore vengeance, and shot Kitsap and hacked him into pieces.

So, I landed in the unincorporated “town” of Silverdale, pop. About 16,000.  I couldn’t much of particular interest (and neither could the writers of the Wiki article).  Speaking of the Wiki article, here’s an example of how Wiki can be a little less than academic.  Under the section “Commerce” is the following:

Silverdale is a thriving retail center with many businesses in and surrounding Kitsap Mall. There is also a Costco Wholesale Center, located in the Silverdale area, as well as Best Buy, Target, and TJ-Max. Various other small businesses are quite popular.

Here are a couple of pictures of the Silverdale shoreline (on Dyes Inlet):

And of course, I have to have a shot looking at my favorite mountain, Mt. Rainier:

I found a site that features Dale Ireland’s Webcam.  It has a cool feature, where you get to see a 6-hr time-lapse shot over the water, looking west towards the Olympic Mountains.  When I looked, it showed six hours of low clouds (the the movement was still cool).  Click here for Dale’s webcam.  The website has this wonderful shot showing what the webcam sees on a crystal clear day:

I’ll close with this sunset shot from Silverdale:

That’ll do it. . .



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2 Responses to “Silverdale, Washington”

  1. Spagets said

    I personaly think the Mrs. looked fine and appropriate for that time period. If the Mr. was still alive you might not be lol.

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