Around the island…
Nice soaking of the island yesterday afternoon, hey – and the days move closer to Daylight Savings Time as we slide into the season….let’s see what’s going on around San Juan Island:
• Janet Thomas took her inner exploration of the nature of grief & the chances it opens up for growth to new levels in her memoir Day Breaks Over Dharamsala – you can hear her in this podcast in which she is interviewed – Grief – The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Transcendent.
Check it out – you’ll be glad you did.
• This Saturday, be sure & drop by the Fairgrounds for the big Estate Auction, put on by Mike Adams, starting at 11am, with preview on Friday from 3-6pm and Saturday from 8am till the sale begins. Here’s what’s up for bid.
• Have you tried the new Philly sub at KO’s Subs? Drop by & say hey to Kenny & check it out! (That would be lunch, today!)
• Love her work – have you seen Sara Parsons‘ latest photos, like this wedding she just did?
Another talented islander whose work you’ll like….
• It’s great to hear from our friends at the Preservation Trust about what they’ve been up to:
We have some exciting news to report to you. Today we closed on a new land acquisition that will add more than 140 acres to Turtleback Mountain Preserve on Orcas Island and permanently protect the entire turtle-shaped ridgeline of the mountain.
The 30-acre “head” of the turtle, which was donated to the San Juan Preservation Trust in 1990, had been separated from Turtleback Mountain Preserve by a privately-held 111-acre property. The owners had begun to prepare this larger property for residential development when they learned of the Preservation Trust’s interest. After many months of negotiation, the parties agreed upon a purchase price of $1.0 million.
With this acquisition, the Turtleback Mountain Preserve will expand to include this new property and the 30-acre turtle’s head, which has stunning 360-degree views of surrounding islands. This connection will allow us to build a trail from Turtleback to Turtlehead, creating a new day hike to a premier destination that has – until now – been inaccessible to the public.
With $990,000 already committed towards the campaign’s $1.15 million goal, the Preservation Trust is now reaching out to the local island community and visitors that use the Turtleback trail system to raise the remaining $160,000.
To read more about this project and the fundraising effort that will make it possible, please visit our website.