Freedom on the water

Published July 28, 2009 / by Steve Berentson

> I’ve never owned a boat, but I’ve enjoyed many owned by others … both as a guest on board, and as a “vicarious” adventurer watching from the shore. I escaped the heat of the house Monday evening on a drive that took me to the crest of Cap Sante. I could hear light conversation among the crew of the two-masted “Freedom,” moving very slowly up the Guemes Channel. Minutes later, the boat sailed past as I shot photos of Port of Anacortes facilities. The San Juans beckon…

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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