I am actually quite envious of you there, lol. My first visit to that region was in the mid to late 80's, I've made since then about a dozen trips up there, I will not even begin to describe the invountary 'gut level' reaction I experienced as from the window of the descending plane I first looked down upon Ranier. Or, the effect of my entire week stay there. I was loaned a car while my friend there was at work during the day, and took her at her word about using it...we've both laughed about how many miles I put on that car that week! The strangest sense of it, something far beyond and much stranger than just a reaction to beautiful place...I've been to other beautiful places and not experienced anything like it...was an indescribable sense of having "come home." As for Whidbey, omgosh, Deception Pass took my breath away, and I still remember details of my friend's account of having years before, when herself younger, "shot the pass" in a sailboat along with her hisband and two at the time teen sons, as if I had vicariously experienced through her description of the experience myself. The beaches there were something of an almost 'eerie' experience for me, having never encountered anything near like a "black" sand beach. Had my life curcimstance been different, or had I experienced that many years before and much younger than I did, I might very well have moved there.
In my homesteading life, i have always felt it an important thing to me to try to live in harmony with, as much as I could, nature around me, try to balance such matters as what was needed for such things as protecting my livestock and gardens, with respecting and allowing the existence of the wild life around me. And, in many ways, finding a way to resolve those issues that not only balanced that, but actually sometimes allowed me to work with nature in ways that created a symbiotic realtionship between my needs and theirs, that mutucally benefitted, were not only sometimes the most effective, but the most satisfying in accomplishment, as well.
I live on Bainbridge Island, a bit south of Whidbey. We live right on the beach. There are at least a couple bald eagles living right around our one acre lot (mostly rural area). Their focus does seem to be the water. One regularly perches on the channel buoy close to our place. HOWEVER, they have discovered our chickens. Then again, our chickens are in our back yard a couple hundred feet from the water. They sit up in the tall firs above the coop and chitter back and forth (they don't sound like the raptors I'm accustomed to). So far, the chickens are OK, but there have been a couple times when they were spooked back into their coop during the day. Even the large muscovy drake who isn't afraid of anyone or anything (except eagles, apparently) was in the coop! Very unusual behavior for these birds that LOVE being outside.
I, for one, love living in a world where the wild things are!
Edited by JenellYB - 2/25/12 at 10:56am