August 6th, 2008
In an earlier post, I mentioned what a very long travel day we had getting to Orcas Island. When we finally reached the home we'd rented, the day just melted away. We met with Elizabeth, who owns all the homes she collectively calls North Shore Cottages.
Elizabeth was so friendly and welcoming. She walked us over to the house and told us all about herself and her kids. She mentioned that she hadn't let the dogs come along because they'd head straight for the ocean to look for the resident sea otter; who by the way, was big enough to eat them both. How many people can say that?
I'll be honest, I was a bit worried about what the house would look like on the inside. On her website, she has pictures of the outside of the house only. I once rented a cabin online in the very same way---it was a dump inside.
I needn't have worried. It was beautiful. And maybe like her, I was far more captivated by the outside of the house. I could do dishes here all day!
Pearl and James quickly discovered the hedge of blackberries that lined the back of the property. I could see there'd be blackberry pie in our future. I needed to add a few more things to our grocery list.
I can't really begin to tell you how captivated I was by the island. I felt instantly at home, like I've never felt before.