On a practical level, we’re forgoing the ease of spending the summer on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. For the past month, we’ve been mired in planning our spring/summer/and fall adventures on the east coast, and putting together all of the pieces of the puzzle is kind of overwhelming. Exciting, yes. But for the first time in our six years of full-time travels, we’re going to find out what it’s like to travel in the high season in the most densely populated area of the country.
No one is making us do this. But we’ve long wanted to explore the Maritimes, and summer is really the only time to do it. Also on our list has been visiting the Finger Lakes region of New York in early summer, and experiencing New England in the fall. It all fits together beautifully (we think, we hope).
We did not make this decision lightly. For eight summers, the idyllic little island of Lopez in the San Juan archipelago has been our summer home. We love everything about the San Juan Islands and were it not for the long, gray, chilly, rainy winters, we could see ourselves living there someday.
But the summers are just about as perfect as perfect gets.
I’ve written extensively about Lopez and the San Juan Islands, and I can’t think of anything to say that I haven’t already said numerous times. So if you’re interested in getting a glimpse of what life is like in the San Juan Islands, check out the following posts.
• This post offers a good overview of island life, both on Lopez and the other islands in the San Juan archipelago. It’s kind of like one big postcard:
• If you’re interested in more details on what it’s like to live on an island, and how to actually get there, read this:
• If you’re interested in our experience volunteering as interpretive hosts:
• If you’re interested in the many outdoor adventures available on Lopez:
• And if you’re interested in what it’s like to visit the other islands in the San Juan archipelago:
Farewell, Lopez, and our sweet community of Lopezian friends. We’ll see you in the summer of 2020. Meanwhile, we have lots of planning yet to do to prepare for our upcoming east coast adventures. If you have suggestions for things to do and places to not miss, please send them our way!