Author: Kate Poss | With Photos by David Welton

Kate Poss This Is Whidbey was founded by Kate Poss for readers who are interested in cultivating our island’s quality of life, including its land, sea, and air; its people, plants, and animals; and the bodies, minds, and spirits of its inhabitants. You may know Kate from her work in island libraries through May of 2016. Her background includes a career in newspaper reporting in Los Angeles for various weeklies and dailies, including The Los Angeles Times. She was a frequent contributor to the online Whidbey Life Magazine and still writes for the biannual print magazine. David Welton Stories are highlighted by David Welton’s excellent photography. David is a retired physician who was a staff photographer for Whidbey Life Magazine since its early days. His work has also appeared in museums, art galleries, newspapers, regional and national magazines, books, nonprofit publicity, and on the back of the Whidbey Sea-Tac Shuttle!

Note: earlier this week David Welton rode the ferry to the mainland. Little did he know when he left home that he would be taking the photo he’s long wanted to capture. Here’s a gift to begin the New Year with hope from a retired physician whose spirits are lifted by rainbows. I talked with David on the phone today and he told me the backstory to these images. –Kate Poss I traveled to the mainland Jan. 3. I had to get a Covid test to be admitted to the hospital for an atrial fibrillation ablation Jan. 5. My Covid…

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As a gift to our island’s children the past holiday season, the Whidbey Island Arts Council donated bags of art supplies. “For several years now, we’ve been giving out art supplies to children,” said Kay Parsons, president of the Whidbey Island Arts Council. “This holiday season was the most extensive. We gave away 300 bags.” Children received art supplies, including sketchbooks, watercolors, pencils, brushes, and an artist’s eraser.  “It’s something to get them started and we are making sure they have basic art supplies,” Kay added. “The community has been good to us in terms of funding these children’s programs.…

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Our road trip was nearly over, as was the pleasant weather we had enjoyed for the past two months.  Following a night of heavy rain, we left our cozy abode for two weeks in Sebastopol. Grateful to Jack and Ruth Dunlap, whose Alexa-run household — ‘Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights. Alexa, Good Night (she turned off the house lights and lowered the thermostat)’  — and inspired kitchen design we dream about for our future home —we bid their home goodbye and hitched our Marion to Bertie our Ford Explorer and headed north on Hwy. 101. Jack and Ruth would…

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This concludes our On the Road series for this trip. We left Oct. 15 with Marion, our 1979 Trillium Trailer, who is towed by our 2002 Ford Explorer named Bertie. We’ve lived large and had heartfelt conversation with people we love and people we newly met.  We felt renewed by the land and sea. It is Sunday, Dec. 12, celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Pilgrims set out at midnight today to walk 8.5 miles from Santa Rosa to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Windsor to celebrate the miracle of Juan Diego’s visit with Jesus’ mother in…

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This is Chapter 6 in our On the Road series with Bertie the 2002 Ford Explorer, and Marion the 1979 Trillium trailer. They left Whidbey on Oct. 15, 2021, and have traveled more than 5,000 miles from Oregon to eastern California to Arizona to western California. This leg of the journey takes them from Paso Robles to Olemas, along the central California coast, The road goes ever on and on. Franklin Hot Springs is a contrast to the posh environment of Calabasas, and where we last camped at Malibu Creek State Park.  Franklin Hot Springs, Paso Robles We camped in…

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This is Chapter 5 of our On the Road series, traveling with Bertie the 2002 Ford Explorer and Marion, the 1979 Trillium trailer. We camped so far in Oregon, the Eastern Sierra, Arizona, near Palm Springs, Hemet, and visited Bill’s brother’s family in Coto de Caza. Meanwhile, Marion had developed a puzzling electric problem, which started at Usery Park in Mesa, AZ. I noticed then a spark flash in the socket when plugging in our phone. A fluorescent light went out. Bill bought a couple of bulbs in Scottsdale. However replacing the bulbs was not the fix. While staying overnight…

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Bill and Kate Poss are on a two-month road trip from home to Oregon to Arizona to California before heading back to Langley in December. This is part 4 of the journey. So far, we have camped at Mt. Shasta; Gardnerville, NV; Crowley Lake, CA; Keough Hot Springs in Bishop, CA; Bullhead City, AZ, Dead Horse State Park in Cottonwood, AZ; Gilbert Ray Campground in Tucson. This trip covers Usery Park, in Mesa, AZ, to Orange County, CA camping.  Last time I wrote, Bertie the 2002 Ford Explorer was making strange sounds in her rear right tire. We were directed…

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Note: While Kate and Bill Poss are on a two-month road trip, Caitlin Sullivan, a South Island high school student and Ambassador Girl Scout, installed a bench for folks to take a break and enjoy the serenity at the Earth Sanctuary. This is her story in her words. Photos by Caitlin’s mom. My name is Caitlin Sullivan, and I am an Ambassador Girl Scout. For my Girl Scout Gold Award Project, I am creating an accessible place where people with mobility issues can feel peaceful. It is called the Peace Garden, and the opening day will be Nov. 6, 2021. …

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So hard to leave our campsite at Keough Hot Springs and our beloved Sierra mountains. We drove south on Hwy. 395 and connected to I-40 heading east to Arizona and our first campsite. Besides the freeway being in poor repair, we were at the mercy of big rigs speeding along, tail gating each other with menace enough to force over whoever was ahead. As if 75 mph is not fast enough! Luckily we missed the drama because drove at 55 mph in the slow lane. More than a month prior to having our reservation accepted at the Colorado River Oasis,…

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Note: This is Whidbey’s David Welton drove around catching excellent photos of island-style Halloween decorations, visiting Langley, Bayview Road, Clinton neighborhood streets: Tide, Fidalgo, Blakely, Harper, and the community of Scatchett Head. Coupeville’s businesses had a good time celebrating as well. Witches Bones Inflatables Coupeville Man and ghoul

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