Skies were gray yesterday afternoon, but I wisely opted to take a brief walk at Ship Harbor, a beautiful city park adjacent to the state ferry terminal on the northwest corner of the island. Colors were bright, the aroma of wild roses heavy. I enjoyed the music of tiny songbirds, and the familiar call of the red-winged blackbird. New growth emerges, creating a vibrant mix of greens. Look closely and you might see a rabbit, a duck or a tiny ladybug. Look up and you might see an osprey or a bald eagle. It is always nice to see a few adventurous souls who find their way to boardwalk and beach while waiting for the ferry. It is a wonderful time of year.
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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