It's a good feeling

As I write this, I am on the way to the mainland from Anderson Island … off to church. The wind is blowing and the rain is falling.

It is a really good feeling when Sound View's waterfront is buttoned up for the off-season. We experience relative calm in the summer weeks but really, Drayton Passage can be very rough especially when the wind is coming from the south. Wind waves and high tides move beach pebbles further ashore and even into the paddle shed.

It is good to know that the big floating pier is safely moored in the lagoon, the volleyball court is taken down, boats are stored upside down, and float lines are ashore hanging up.

Nancyrose and James moving the dock into the lagoon

Nancyrose and James moving the dock into the lagoon

I am not asking for big storms but at least we can weather them better.

Summer boredom should not be an option

Seriously!  Summer has just begun! Is your child this bored already?

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Well then, send ‘em to CAMP!

Did you know that a FULL WEEK (7 days - 6 nights) of overnight (sleep-away) camp at Sound View is less than $400?  Yes - that’s right - and it includes……

  • Tasty meals and snacks - not your typical camp food

  • Awesome, talented  leaders and role models who are trained to provide the campers with the best experience possible.

  • A hundred acres of woodlands, fields, and waterfront to play -  but not gazillions of campers. We like to keep our numbers less than 100 so we can get to know everybody.

  • A totally “unplugged” atmosphere in the out-of-doors. 

  • Archery and paintball.

  • Canoeing, kayaking, polar bear plunge and corcling. (Only Sound View has corcls and we LOVE our corcl games).  We are on a sandy beach on Puget Sound.

  • Arts, Crafts, Music.  (Come, learn to play the ukulele - it’s easy)

  • Sports and games.

  • High ropes course and zip line.  (Challenge by choice - way up in the trees)

  • A mini farm and garden to tend. Come, take care of our sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens, and one lovable llama.

  • Crazy evening games, campfires, and s’mores (of course!).

  • All sorts of fun things to do with the friends you bring and new ones who you’ve just met.

  • Optional shuttle from Olympia, Tacoma, Puyallup, Tukwila, and Seattle.

Looking Back

We tend to take pictures of the water at our amazing waterfront. However, the other day after putting away the boats on the dock, I was “drawn” to the view looking back.

Looking back from the end of the pier. One can either go off to the right back to the paddle shed and the waterfront field - or they can venture straight up the stairs to shaded, quiet places. Sometimes, the gulls perch along the rail daring you to disturb their resting time.

Looking back from the end of the pier. One can either go off to the right back to the paddle shed and the waterfront field - or they can venture straight up the stairs to shaded, quiet places. Sometimes, the gulls perch along the rail daring you to disturb their resting time.

When you choose to go straight, you encounter these stairs. Every now and then, we try to control the moss and foliage growing on the steps - not too much however, they are pretty in a rugged, semi-neglected way.

When you choose to go straight, you encounter these stairs. Every now and then, we try to control the moss and foliage growing on the steps - not too much however, they are pretty in a rugged, semi-neglected way.

I love this cedar tree. You encounter it after climbing the stairs. Of all the trees at Sound View, I believe this one deserves an Entish name. It is a good tree to sit under to enjoy the breezes which waft up from the Sound.

I love this cedar tree. You encounter it after climbing the stairs. Of all the trees at Sound View, I believe this one deserves an Entish name. It is a good tree to sit under to enjoy the breezes which waft up from the Sound.

And the road (trail) goes ever on and on. This one continues up to the ropes course taking a dark, scenic, wooded way. One can imagine natives using this path to portage their canoes to the other side of the Peninsula to avoid the stormy Devil’s Head.

And the road (trail) goes ever on and on. This one continues up to the ropes course taking a dark, scenic, wooded way. One can imagine natives using this path to portage their canoes to the other side of the Peninsula to avoid the stormy Devil’s Head.

Thanksgiving

After a wonderful Thanksgiving meal with my family, my wife and I drove out to Sound View to share some food and fun with the crew living at camp.

It was pouring down rain when we walked into a beautifully decorated dining hall, holiday lights in the rafters, with a spread laid out, lovingly prepared by Hayley, our amazing cook. Seated around a very long table were the AmeriCorps team, Goody and family, and Hayley’s dad looking quite content. They hadn’t quite started into dessert yet - waiting for the AmeriCorps guys to finish - living up to their natural ability to impossibly put away food.

The conversation was buzzing - plenty of laughter - just like what was happening at family tables across the nation. “Family” is really a product of the moment.

Goody and the AmeriCorps NCCC Team

Goody and the AmeriCorps NCCC Team

Earlier in the day, they had played some football (good to know that nobody got hurt - especially Goody) and later, enjoyed a relaxing day at camp - warm and snug - taking a break from the wonderful work that they are doing for Sound View during their six-week visit.

It is nice to have people at camp. It is especially nice to have them there to share this special time of year.

I am so thankful that Sound View Camp remains small, intimate, and welcoming with the ability to create the special times that we will always remember.

Happy Thanksgiving!