Journey to San Juan Islands, Day 5: Renewed, Refreshed, Resurrected

We woke up Terry's official 60th birthday, to no alarms, no have to's and nothing more than simply being alive. I knew the surge of the weekend and Last Year's LIfe Storms would push in, and we would need a morning (and day) free from all expectations.   Letting a day unfold in surprise. is … Continue reading Journey to San Juan Islands, Day 5: Renewed, Refreshed, Resurrected

Journey to San Juan Islands, Day 4 (part 2): A Taste of Heaven

And just like that - after 4 1/2 days of amazingness packed full into our hearts -  we were on our way to Orcas Island (without the bait and switch this time!) We then made our way north to the top of Orcas' "horseshoe.' Immediately we were taken by the farmland. LOVE the diversity. And … Continue reading Journey to San Juan Islands, Day 4 (part 2): A Taste of Heaven

Journey to San Juan Islands: Day 4 (Part 1) – Goodbye “Friday” Island

Monday morning, Time to say goodbye to Stuart island and our kayaking adventure...   This was our morning view...hard to believe this is the ocean and not a lake. And check out Tip Top Peak! (looking all fresh and golden... such a tease!) Our "ticket" for breakfast was tearing down and packing up our stuff … Continue reading Journey to San Juan Islands: Day 4 (Part 1) – Goodbye “Friday” Island

Journey to San Juan Islands Day 3 (Part 2) Overflowing

We came back from our hike to carrots, grapes and a sandwich of fresh local veggies, spicy hummus, and black forest ham. (Took this pic sitting in a made-for-me madrone tree.)   Then, refueled, we were ready for a paddle and swim, We were headed for a "quick jaunt" (about a 3 mile ? roundtrip) … Continue reading Journey to San Juan Islands Day 3 (Part 2) Overflowing

Journey to San Juan Islands: Day 3- (Part 1: Morning) “We be on Island time now!”

It was slated that today would be an exploring island day - "chilling out" from the long paddle. (Tomorrow would be another long paddle)... but we wanted to do at least a LITTLE ride! So, agenda set: Coffee, pancakes with strawberries... bacon? (can't remember now) Personal time while Andy did dishes (gotta LOVE this making … Continue reading Journey to San Juan Islands: Day 3- (Part 1: Morning) “We be on Island time now!”

Journey to San Juan Islands: Day 2 (Part 2): “Front of the line” – When the Light breaks through

When Life takes you on an adventure, it's best to enjoy the crazy, amazing, beautiful ride.   So, we did get off on Orcas Island, and did do the "bait and switch" (being officially guided into the front of the line), ... and we headed back onto ferry headed for Friday Harbor! And at 7:54 am, we … Continue reading Journey to San Juan Islands: Day 2 (Part 2): “Front of the line” – When the Light breaks through

Journey to San Juan Islands: Day 2 (Part 1): Now the “fun” begins… right?

Four hours sleep, (but woke up laughing at more slaphappy jokes.) Hungry and Time-crunched (but salivating for breakfast on the ferry) We did the ol' "all in one trip" bringing our stuff to the car, and feeling slightly rushed we didn't do the usual recheck to see if we had it all. (Big mistake) But, … Continue reading Journey to San Juan Islands: Day 2 (Part 1): Now the “fun” begins… right?

Journey to San Juan Islands: Day 1 – The adventure begins

To say that our adventure began in all the best of ways would not really qualify as an adventure, now would it? From the very beginning, it was wrought with "Will this really happen, or not?" And between the rollercoaster rides of WAY too many Covid twists and turns, hope deferred way too many times, … Continue reading Journey to San Juan Islands: Day 1 – The adventure begins

Journey to San Juan Islands: Ground Zero – The beginning

So here I sit, having just returned yesterday from a seven day journey with my sister-in-love to the San Juan Islands: tired, full, content. And now, I'm not sure how to even begin this reflective "travel" blog because this journey was so much more than that. This adventure started as just a seed of an … Continue reading Journey to San Juan Islands: Ground Zero – The beginning

Waiting for Spring

Somewhere in this darkness and cold new life waits A seed - with no power of its own              planted deep             buried sure             stilled under the heaviness of time   formed           in the waiting   created             in the dying   hidden in the secret place             of … Continue reading Waiting for Spring

Just outside my window

Life waits just outside my window vibrant and still quiet and boisterous ... full-to-overflowing life Life waits dancing in its stillness pulsating with every breath White-breasted Nuthatch flits here, soars there Mama Deer wanders by – gone in the silence Baby charges toward its source     Everywhere I look, Life pulsates running in the … Continue reading Just outside my window