Tag: Vashon Island

Vashon Strawberry Festival: What’s Not to Love?

Vashon Strawberry Festival: What’s Not to Love?

When it comes to the Vashon Strawberry Festival (going strong since 1909), islanders reside in two camps: those who love it and those who hate it. My tent is tethered to the first camp. (I have my suspicions that the other camp may also prefer handshakes to hugs, avoid puppies and […]

A Very Vashon Fourth of July

A Very Vashon Fourth of July

Boz, British Bulldog and expat, says “All is forgiven, Happy Fourth!” The Fourth of July comes abruptly to Vashon Island. Anyone on the island with an open window and who’s not on life support cannot escape the approaching drone of the hydroplanes circumnavigating the island like furious wasps. […]

How the Grinch Stole Solstice, Almost

How the Grinch Stole Solstice, Almost

Boz is quick to point out that chest-high grass is no dog’s friend. Rain or no rain, it’s time to mow. If weather was a game of rock- paper-scissors, I’d have to say clouds trump sun in our neck of the woods, just as paper covers rock. […]

Missing the Boat, But Catching the Show

Missing the Boat, But Catching the Show

After a day off-island with friends, I had too many miles and too few minutes between me and the 8:00 pm ferry to Vashon.  As fate, traffic, and a few wrong turns would have it, I missed the boat. Setting my parking brake and expectations, I was all […]

It’s a Beautiful Day, Need I Say More

It’s a Beautiful Day, Need I Say More

 Sometimes the view can speak for itself.  On the M/V Issaquah, view to the Northwest; photo below, a turn to the port side and the Southeast view with Mt. Rainier peering out of the clouds.

Prepare Yourself for a Sunny Fourth

Prepare Yourself for a Sunny Fourth

  Anyone who’s spent a summer in Seattle, knows the season really begins the fifth of July, when the sun begrudingly shows up for its abbreviated run.  A sunny Fourth is rare. In fact the last time I pondered it was 2001, when I wrote a letter […]

Solstice: Vashon Island Celebrates the Longest Day

Solstice: Vashon Island Celebrates the Longest Day

 Celebrating Solstice: Summer returns to Vashon Island I began my day in a sweater (cotton) and my day ended in a sweater (wool), a fitting and not unlikely costume change for the first day of summer in the Pacific Northwest. The varying degrees of chill […]

Saying Goodbye to Summer, Slowly

Saying Goodbye to Summer, Slowly

  By summer’s end, a bramble’s reach knows no boundary. What my eyes witnessed my brain denied. The shadows were not lengthening; the mosaic of honey locust leaves did not litter the ground or create an artful flotilla in the fountain.  The sun did not rise […]