|Making tea by the light of the rising sun.|
Shawna and Leon's house was a short walk down a moss-covered path through a stand of trees, or along a wood-chip path that took us past their compost pile, organic garden and outdoor hot tub. Either way, we passed the whale-friendly lawn. We didn't see any whales, but we're sure that they would have approved.
|Over the hill and through the woods.|
|The pesticide- and fertilizer-free lawn benefits creatures of the sea.|
|The simple house is built of wood milled on Orcas Island, with a steel roof common to the area.|
We worked hard during the day. But that didn't keep us--or them--from taking advantage of the beauty of the area. We were able to get out for walks as well as paddles, and it was clear that they had not lost track of how remarkable it is to live in an area with such natural appeal.
|A walk just outside of East Sound.|
|A paddle to Obstruction Island offered opportunities to play in eddy lines and ferry across current.|
|This little guy was hanging on by a thread.|