July 14, 2015
Woke up to a glorious morning in Deception Pass. Not any trails here to speak of but I had a really nice long run on the beach. My first beach run. An amazing view. The beach was deserted except for a couple of old guys fishing and this cool bird. Is it a bald eagle? I love the animal encounters!
Here are some views of the beach and bay. Idyllic.
Bonus! My 3G is working again now that I back in the states and I could listen to a podcast while running. A couple of podcasts touched me deeply recently, both having to do with immigrants. The first one from This American Life follows a Somalian man who is a refugee in Kenya and he wins the green card lottery. This British reporter keeps checking on him throughout the time that it takes him to collect the paperwork and have his interview with the US Embassy to see if he can actually get his green card. During this time this young man is trying to go to school and avoid being arrested by the Kenyan police who is not very nice to Somalian refugees to put it lightly.
His story is touching and compelling but what stuck me the most is how deeply he desires to emigrate, how dear to his heart he holds this dream that he has had since he was a little boy. How much he is willing to work and to sacrifice to make this dream come true. How crushed he would be if it did not come true.
The places we visit are wonderful and we've seen lots of amazing places and things but what I love the most is the daily routine. We all pitch in to pack up in the morning and set up in the evening. The kids are sometimes a bit reluctant to help but a lot more willing than they are when yet do chores at home. Nadia is an expert and putting up the tent and arranging everything in the truck. Peter is the "peg man" for the tent, the waterboy and in charge of the air mattress. Jack loves to do the dishes (washing and drying) and to chop anything he can when we cook dinner.
Then the campsite exploration is fun. Where are the bathrooms? Do they flush or just a hole in the ground? Are there showers? Are they free or do we need tokens? Where is the water spigot, the trash, the playground? Is there a river, a lake, hiking trails?
Funny enough they don't se to be interested in other kids much. They will play with other kids if they get approached by them but I think that they find each other's company and outs sufficient.
Hiked next to the lake this morning at Deception Point campground but we could not find a good place to get in the water so we packed up and went on our way. We drove the length of the island and took a ferry to the mainland. I love ferryboats!
We are taking a more inland route on the way back. Stopped at Kanaskat-Palmer State Park for the night. Decent enough campground but nothing remarkable. It was next to a great river though and we enjoyed our new found hobbies. Rock hopping and rock throwing.
Nadia is pondering how to jump to that big rock.
I love the rock hopping. I fell a couple of times because Jack unbalanced me : ) He does not like to be left out so I help him jump to the next rock. He did really well! All the kids are really into it.
Our favorite river game ... Rock bouncing. We started throwing rocks in the water ... they make such a satisfying "plop" when they hit the water, don't they. But this quickly progressed to rock bouncing. Through a rock at a big rock and see how many times it bounces off other rocks before it hits the water. Whoever can get the rock to bounce back to the shore (and catch it???) gets bonus points. No one caught a rock but a couple of rocks did zoom pretty close to my head. Nadia is the record holder with six bounces. Peter got five and I think that I got four a couple of times.