As I’ve mentioned here before, my writing life follows a school schedule. And summer means sailing. This year was no different. A review of the Captain’s Log reminds me of our various adventures. An overnighter to
with a buddy and his son for some exploring and a rare driftwood beach fire
(allowed on only a few islands these days).
Several stays in James Island ,
where the swimming pool at the resort has orcas painted on the bottom and sides
so that as you approach the end of the pool, swimming underwater, you find
yourself coming face to face with a just-less than-life-sized whale! Fourth of July at Deer Harbor , on Fisherman
Bay , which boasts the “largest
public-funded fireworks show west of the Lopez
(they’re not lying). Also, I am happy to
report that the ice cream shop and used bookstore in remain the best two such
establishments I have ever visited. Friday
We mixed it up a bit this year, too, spending a week in
Francisco visiting family friends. The trip to the planetarium in the hills above
Oakland was a highlight, along with
an afternoon at a fabulous park where we rode on a miniature steam-engine train
and were introduced to geocaching, “a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS
to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity.” What a great idea and an awesome activity to
do with kids! We found two containers at
the park, including one that held a Star Wars action figure; after that
discovery, my son was hooked. I had no
idea something like this was going on (Google it and you might be amazed, too,
if you’re not already hip to it).
Although I knew I’d be away from home a lot during the last two months, I set a goal of finishing two ongoing projects. Did I accomplish them? Sadly, I did not. I managed to sneak in a day or two of work, here and there, but my “summer goal” now becomes, by default, my “fall goal.” That’s all right: I recharged my creative batteries and spent quality time with good people, living our own stories.
With school back in session, the days growing shorter, and a drizzly gray Northwest winter approaching, the time is right to get back to work . . . .