Park volunteers: Ann & Don Jarrell
In our ongoing series spotlighting the folks who are volunteering at Lime Kiln this summer, this week we’re saluting Don & Ann – here’s more (with questions we asked them):
Name: Ann and Don Jarrell
Number of years visiting &/or living in the San Juan archipelago: 24
Occupation in your real, or unreal, life: Retired Research Microbiologist and Nuclear Engineer respectively
Furthest place in world from LKPSP that you have visited: Australia and New Zealand…and Bibibino, Siberia, Moscow, Oslo, Norway
Major passions, besides the whales:
Water, our most precious, least understood and most underappreciated resource.
What inspired you to volunteer at Lime Kiln Point State Park? Beachwatchers!
What is it that you most enjoy about volunteering here? Ann -Interacting with the public, hanging out in one of the “seven” wonders of the world (the Salish Sea), and maybe making a little contribution to the health of our ecosystem by introducing visitors to this fragile and awesome place. Don provides our State Park personnel with working machinery (maintenance shop).
Any memorable park experience that sticks out since volunteering? Too soon to tell….
If you were limited to only one sentence, how would you describe these islands to a visitor right off the ferry? The San Juan Archipeligo is a fragile and isolated microcosm whose condition, while becoming more understood, reflects the condition of the rest of the planet.