This is our fifth summer camp hosting on Lopez at Spencer Spit State Park, and as always, when it’s time to leave I feel as though we’ve just arrived. “But wait!” I think. “There’s still so much to do, more time to spend with friends, more music to play, more hikes and kayaking and biking…” It has been a glorious summer.
Lopez captivated us the very first time we visited, and each time we return, we fall in love with the island all over again. I can’t imagine a more idyllic place than Lopez in the summer. The island is only 15 miles long and 8 miles wide, and the village a mere few square blocks, but there’s a richness of spirit and a down-to-earth lifestyle that we find enormously appealing.
Our time on Lopez is made all the richer by the friendships we’ve made—how fortunate we are to have been welcomed into this wonderful community of fun-loving, warm-hearted, and talented friends. Over the years, we’ve enticed many of our Ashland friends to Lopez, which only adds to the fun. And this year, we were fortunate to have LuAnn and Terry (Paint Your Landscape), fellow full-time travelers and friends we met last winter in Anza Borrego, as our co-camp hosts. Our summers on Lopez just keep getting better and better.
I’ve written extensively about Lopez Island in previous posts, so I’ll keep this short. If you’re interested in more details about the island, including our experience as interpretive hosts, check out the following posts:
The photos, however—well, there’s just no way to resist trying to capture the beauty of this special place. Here, my love letter to Lopez, culled from two months of far too many photos:[portfolio_slideshow]