Living on Whidbey Island, I understand the relaxing sigh of getting on the ferry -- that, awwww of leaving the rat race of the other side. When boarding the ferry departing for Lopez Island, the sigh is longer and deeper. The crossing is lengthier putting more time and more peace between the island and the mainland. Lopez Island has fewer cars, people, houses, lights. More open space, quiet. There are friendly little roads with hi there waves from the other drivers.
If I were to relocate to another island it would no doubt be Lopez Island, if not an even more remote island. An island more like Whidbey Island was 30 years ago when we first moved here. Lopez is still wonderfully rural, with the charming Lopez Village offering services, social encounters and cultural events to fulfill needs and desires, even if in small doses. We enjoyed expresso at Isabel's, shopped for organic groceries at Blossom, lunch at the Vortex and hanging out in the library.
|Fran at Vortex Restaurat -- we couldn't resist a color-coordinated photo.|
We went to Lopez for an early Thanksgiving celebration with friends. We learned long ago not to commute between two islands on a holiday, so we simply changed the date. Now we usually have two Thanksgivings which is perfect as Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
We parked Thistle in the drive of friends for three nights and at the Greene Partners studio in the village, Walmart-style, a couple of other nights. One evening we invited our hosts, Joe and Nancy, to dinner in Thistle, serving a cabbage soup, with blue cheese and hard crusted bread. For dessert we finished off with sliced pears and chocolate. Eating Thistle-style is definitely not a hardship.
|Greene Partners RV parking|
"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow