Tuesday, August 23, 2011


 Orcas Island, Washington State is where I've been, in hiding. Well, at least it felt that way, no phones ringing, no driving, far from maddening crowd, it was.

 I have never been to the Pacific Northwest, so when we were invited by my clients and friends we jumped.
Actually it was more like this: car, shuttle, airplane, shuttle, airplane (this plane no bigger than a sofa), car, boat, guest house. You think I'm kidding, I'm not and you  know what, the weird thing was the traveling was part of the fun.

 The guest house.

It seems water and wide open spaces is what this kid needed and of course a generous kind hostess who did all the rowing, which I discovered takes a certain talent which I don't posses.

Of course a house in ruin is always found and this one is a jewel. Knowing me you can imagined how I felt when I saw this house and it's real, too.

Our own personal water taxi, who could beat that and did I mentioned an amazing cook as well. OK, so let me be spoiled for a long weekend, I'll still have to go home and wash my own clothes.

The star fish were like I have never seen before, bright orange and purple and gold. Eagles flying over the trees, the trees so very thick, the moss so very thick, the deer, the otters, oh my! nature everywhere I looked was truly a gift. A gift to restore this urbanites sanity. So there you have it, that's where I've been. Now I must sign off, and go clean my kitchen and do the laundry.


betsy said...

Sometimes in order to find ourselves we have to get lost. I am glad you are back.

Paris Flea Market said...

I think that is just what I NEED,,something refreshing different ,,calm but I do need good pasta

helen tilston said...

What a beautiful place to escape to.
That deserted home must have conjured up all sorts of stories in your mind.

suzieQ said...

What a fantastically lovely retreat. How lucky to be pampered and spoiled...I'm ready. I am an east coast girl but the west coast has a beauty of its own that captures my heart. I especially love those starfish!

David Toms said...

Wow, how cool is this. Sometimes the journey can be a lot of fun. Were you able to enter the ruined house??

Mlle Paradis said...

welcome back nature boy!

i haven't been here for awhile! you are so full of surprises. love the little house and the blue stairs.


i might have to have you come to my house and do mine!

Laurent said...

Best 'what I did with my summer' story I've seen in a long time, Kevin. I suppose the humane conversation traveled with you - ? - I know it came back.

Midcenturymadam said...

I love the San Juans! My Grandma lived on Lopez Island. Lucky you! Sounds like a wonderful trip. I want to be in a kayak on the water. Did you make it to Pike Place Market? Crab, salmon, prawns, beautiful fresh flowers and Delaurenti's!!

Karen in Georgia said...

orcas island is a magic place... you were very lucky to get to spend some time there glad you enjoyed it

Thombeau said...

How absolutely beautiful. Good for you!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Being from Massachusetts I just have to say it looks like you had a wicked awesome time. The Pacific Northwest is on my bucket list. The guest house so near to the shore was lovely. Just a few cool million and that abandoned house would be gorgeous.

Stephen said...

I have spent a lot of times in the San Juan Islands & they are a very special place. I had no idea that you had never been to the PNW. I would love to show you Portland sometime. Really.