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Todd and Sam Are All Over the Beach, Suquamish WA

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Todd and Sam know what to do with a beach pretty much anytime they come across one. In this case it's just after sunset on a beautiful August evening and the tide is slack... break out the paddle board!


This is Agate Pass between Suquamish and Bainbridge Island. For centuries the Suquamish tribe had a significant settlement on this beach, with a large "longhouse" extending all along here. In 1870 the army decided it should be burned down after Chief Seattle's death. Now there is a park a few hundred feet towards the bridge from here (where the main part of the longhouse was) and a bunch of little houses like the ones you see, built much more recently. I have heard there is archeological evidence that this beach has been inhabited by humans for as much as 5,000 years. In the water off the tip of Bainbridge island (to the left in the equirectangular image above) there are petroglyphs, perhaps marking the entrance to Agate Passage. 15,000 years ago the sea level was about 300 feet lower, prior to the retreat of the ice.


It's an interesting spot.


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Taken on August 6, 2011