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!

Welcome to Chapter 9 of our ‘On the Road 2022’ series. We are in Colorado. “Everywhere I go, I’m in your shadow.” These words borrowed from the late Chuck Pyle’s song, ‘Colorado,’— his homage to the mountains of his state. In fact, there are more than 300 mountain peaks over 13,000 feet in the San Juan Mountain range where we camped near Telluride for five days. There are12 peaks higher than 14,000 feet here as well. They are magnets for the 14ers, premier climbers who bag peaks at that height. Here’s our take about one of the most beautiful towns…

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You may notice groups of women dressed in red robes and hoods walking around town these days. They are so dressed to make a statement, to wake us up, to remind us that a dark fictional tale could become reality. It is unsettling to see these figures walking silently through our farmers’ market and our grocery stores. That is the Handmaid’s purpose, to stop us long enough to stir curiosity and raise awareness about disturbing decisions our government is making. This is not about further dividing us, it is about having the necessary uncomfortable conversations within our community. The Handmaids…

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Welcome to the eighth week on the road with Bajada Bill and Cactus Kate. We have traveled more than 6,000 miles through the Southwest with Beatrix our 2022 Toyota Highlander, which pulls Marion, our 1979 Canadian-made Trillium.   We had returned to Abiquiu and the welcome camp at the Army Corp. of Engineers Reservoir at Abiquiu Lake. The Calf Canyon-Hermits Peak wildfire was still burning national forests and had torched more than 300,000 acres, about 470 square miles, a New Mexico state record. Fortunately the west-prevailing winds kept the smoke away from camp. Meanwhile on Tuesday May 24, while I…

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I am writing this story from a bench outside an historic building in Abiquiu NM. Sharon Garcia, the librarian here, said the casita once housed her grandparents, and she lived here as well. Her parents later donated this home to be used as a library. It is now part of the New Mexico Rural Library Initiative, and, because of its rural nature, has no access to municipal funds. It is 100 percent community supported. Sharon has always loved to read and now shares her avocation with library patrons old and young. Sitting here across from adobe buildings, and the Santo…

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Welcome to Bajada Bill and Cactus Kate’s seventh week on the road with Beatrix, our 2022 Toyota Highlander, and Marion our 1979 Trillium trailer. For the past two weeks we’ve enjoyed north-central New Mexico, a geologic ‘triple junction,’ comprised of the Rio Grande rift, Colorado Plateau and northern Jemez Mountains’ volcanic field. The result? We’re embraced by colorful geology up to 1.2 billion years old, sandstone with dinosaur fossils, and a rich history of indigenous people and artists.  The area national forests were closed May 19, in the face of New Mexico’s largest wildfire, burning more than 300,000 acres, about…

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The Shimmy Mob is fundraising for the month of May to raise funds for CADA, a Whidbey Island non-profit, which provides free, confidential assistance for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, rape, child sexual abuse and sexual harassment. This is Whidbey’s David Welton photographed the event earlier this month. He wrote in an email: “My thoughts: this was a fun event, there is a lot of camaraderie and no body shaming. Some were older, and some were younger. Some were tattooed, but all were proud and comfortable with their body habitus. Dancing, maybe can save the world.” Tessa Karno, organizer…

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Hola! From Cactus Kate and Bajada Bill as we post Chapter 6 in our 2022 On the Road series. So far we’ve visited Bishop CA, Gardnerville NV, Tucson AZ, Phoenix AZ, Silver City and Truth or Consequences NM. This week we stayed with former neighbors and friends in Albuquerque, camped at Fenton Lake, and Abiquiu Lake. Meanwhile the Hermits Creek fire, originated by a Forest Service prescribed burn, continues to burn, meeting with the Calf Canyon fire. So far 288,942 acres have burned. The fires are expected to hold the record for greatest area burned in the state’s history. Leaving…

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Chapter 5 of our On the Road series brought us some unexpected twists and turns—three of the places we booked didn’t work out, and we had to find alternative accommodations, which made for a richer experience in the end. This part of the journey takes us to Silver City, Truth or Consequences, and Elephant Butte NM. Photos by Bill and Kate Poss After leaving Cave Creek AZ on Monday May 2, I thought how can any experience top what we experienced with Bill’s nephew’s elegant and gracious wedding and our magic time at The Grotto Cafe in Cave Creek.  We…

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Wow! It’s Chapter 4 already of our On the Road 2022 series with Beatrix the Toyota Highlander and her faithful companion, Marion, the Trillium Trailer, our home away from home. The past week was devoted to family reunions. Our home base for the past five days was Cave Creek Regional Campground. Photos by Bill and Kate Poss We camped at Catalina State Park in Tucson April 26 in site 39, something geared for the big rigs 30+ feet long. Arriving at night, we couldn’t see the campsite numbers, which were placed near the back of the paved trailer sites. I…

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