I know, it has been awhile.  But, I must say that I have been recently motivated by a trip to Blakely Island, a private Island in the San Juan Islands.  From a deck, each night I was privileged & VERY thankful to overlook beautiful sunsets & the horseshoe shaped (& well traveled) Orcas Island.

Many parts of this trip were personally motivating, but in particular, for today’s case I will share I few of my adventures.

Fresh garden. Check. Green house. Check. Seafood caught that day. Check. A chef for a brother. Check. An ocean. Check. 2 fresh water lakes. Check. A four wheeler and dirt bikes. Check. Lookouts. Check.  Hikes. Check. Rocks, shells, bouquets, books, instruments. Check.  No mosquitos. Check. Wood fires. Check. Kayaks, rafts & Swimming. Check. Oysters, king salmon, prawns, octopus, clams, black cod, crab. Check. Oxygen. Check. Beer, lots of beer. Check. A five year old (Henry) as a pack leader. Check. A family member & amazing woman (Lindy) responsible for a wonderful home away from home. Check. A family to share this with. CHECK.

Now please know, that this home commune on Blakely wasn’t an easy feat & didn’t happen over night. Instead it has taken years of planning & living out a lifestyle of doing. Making a garden, creating a green house space that could facilitate growth of plants & vegetables that do not grow in a cool/cold Puget Sound climate, a wood shop to make essentials, places/things for rest/adventures/peace, & hunting and gathering doesn’t come easy.  Yet it is FUN, exploratory, purposeful, and not to mention, so healthy, refreshing and SCRUMPTIOUS.

I plan to share more with you, but for now please enjoy some pictures of what I mean & challenge yourself to pick a tomato, plant seeds, swim in a pond, breathe fresh air, &/or find a local butcher.  It’s a start to forming a healthy and purposeful life.

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 Puget sound look out spot & Lindy’s A Frame.

photo 2 Chef Marlow’s on the whim, man made Smoker.  Now permanent to Blakely Island.

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 Big Sis’s salad made straight from the garden located out the back door, 30 steps to  the left.

photo 1 copy 3 Mama Marlow enjoying Lindy’s green house by throwing a tomato to Pa Daddy-O  TMarlow in the AM.

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 North Beech.

photo 3 copy 2 Orcas Island.  I followed the arrow.

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 The night of following the arrow led to this.  Chef Marlow yet again.

photo Lil bro, Chef Marlow, taking a break & being bad A*#!!!


 Pyro boy time.  Looking at . . .

photo 5Puget sound. Orcas Island.

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 The bus. The path to a wonderful place. One filter.


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