Any adventure with my grandchildren is a precious event. On our south Fidalgo Island hike Saturday, however, I was struck by an “upside” of our team event from a photographer’s perspective: THREE sets of eyes rather than one! With the added observation skills of my young mates, I saw a number of things that I more than likely would have missed if I was alone. Among them: a small frog in a pond, ducks among reeds, river otter swimming in an offshore kelp bed and a tiny sea star situated among shells and rocks at the bottom of a wave-splashed bluff wall. Otter dove under before a photo, frog dove and disappeared, ducks swam out of sight. The sea star went back into the sea, hopefully to a long, healthy life. (There were two cameras in our group. The best froggie photo was taken by my 13-year-old granddaughter. My 10-year-old grandson was the sea star rescuer.)
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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