Part of finding our way has been spending as much time as possible in nature–which is a big part of why we embarked on this journey. Last week, we devoted an evening to Shark Reef, a park on the southwest end of the island and one of our favorite places on Lopez. It’s the perfect venue to watch the sunset over the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the snow-capped Olympic Mountains as a backdrop.
It didn’t appear to be a promising evening for a dramatic sunset event—dense clouds hung heavy in the sky and we were sprinkled with raindrops as we started on the trail. But we had our dinner picnic, a bottle of wine, and our rain gear, and we had plans to meet Karen and Wayne, new friends we met at Spencer Spit, to share dessert and sunset. The worst that could happen is that we would have to turn back.
We are so happy that we forged on. (I think this may be a metaphor for our entire journey.) We were rewarded with one of the most spectacular Technicolor sunsets that we’ve ever seen. The sky turned from silver to gold to fiery orange to hot pink, brilliantly coloring the clouds and the sea. We also enjoyed a great view of baby harbor seals with their mother, a rhinoceros auklet that bobbed to the surface with a beak full of fish, and two bald eagles perched with a dramatic view of the Olympic Mountains in the background. Life is good.