Day 167—Survey Says

Today we arrived at our breathtakingly beautiful rental home in Roche Harbor on San Juan Island, Washington. The house has a wrap around deck overlooking the San Juan Channel. There is a tiny park next to our home with beach access. Because the home is so secluded, the park and beach are deserted except for logs and and a few geese we saw paddle by. When we climbed atop a craggy outcropping to explore, we discovered a set of U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey Disks that marked triangulation survey points that measure the US coastline. On-line research revealed that each set of disks is stamped with the name of the surveyor (Penin) and the year (1940). Each disk also displays a warning that indicates disturbing one is a fine of $250 which in today’s dollars would be more than $3800. Luckily, a disk-disturber today would still have the same fine, as it is cast in bronze and probably not subject to inflation. These six inch disks were usually placed in sets of four but we found only three and this one points to the actual triangulation station a few feet away.

Focal Length 80mm
ISO 250

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