Over the summer, on the way to the shellfish grounds at Dosewallips State Park, we ran into an unusual traffic backup just before crossing the Hood Canal Bridge. The line of cars was not moving so we got out of the car and walked to the bridge to see what the holdup was.
The presence of several state trooper cruisers blocking the entrance to the bridge made us really curious. A section of the bridge section was being retracted for a boat crossing but it was no ordinary boat.
A Trident nuclear submarine from Naval Base Kitsap was crossing the bridge on its way out to sea. The submarine was guarded by two large ships alongside of it as well as by US Coast Guard boats. I have been delayed by sub crossings at the Hood Canal Bridge before but this was the first time that I was close enough to actually see a submarine cross the bridge.