The last few days I have had the traveling Jones so I got up this morning and went to Sequim and the wildlife refuge I worked at. I got to see some friends today, but one good friend was out of town unfortunately.
I took a walk down the the Spit. It was a trip down memory lane walking down that trail. The cabin I lived in for 2+ years has been torn down so that was a bit of a drag to see. I knew they had torn it down but I had not been down the trail since they had done so. I was the next to last person to live in it and it was full of good memories.
Walking on the beach and looking NW towards the Olympics is beautiful always and is a sight I always looked at first when I got to the bottom of the trail and onto the beach. You get to see the mountains and ocean all in one picture and it was so good to see that view again. I do miss living there, being near the water, and I miss seeing and hanging out with my friends there.
I had considered staying in Port Townsend tonight but decided to just go home and save it for another time. I need to go back and catch up with some other friends and will do that when I am off work and can stay a few days. I don’t want be too rushed and I want to enjoy some nightlife in Port Townsend. I guess that I’ll have to plan a little to get someplace close to all the happenings. Luckily it’s mostly walking distance in town.
It was a good day full of good memories around every corner…a day spent reminiscing about a lot of things. I’m anxious to go back and visit some more.
A few days ago, I was talking with a couple of visitors here at the refuge. I told them that we are having a volunteer orientation coming up and I could get him in touch with the coordinator. The guy then said he was a DJ and asked me if I would go on the radio on KSQM, the local radio station, to talk about the Refuge. We will be discussing the upcoming Volunteer Orientation for those interested in joining us and helping out. I am sure other things will come up as well so we will hear what happens. It should be fun.
I got it cleared with the office so it looks like I am returning to the airwaves, albeit for a short time this time. The show this DJ does plays 60s music so there will be both music and talking when we are on the air.
It will be fun doing some radio once again. It has been a long time since I had a radio show – if you can call 12 years a long time. Well… I guess you can.
Well, I have started to pack my belongings for the move out of the cabin here at Dungeness NWR in preparation for going to Protection Island NWR. It is still a bit strange, but I have to get it done and I am making good headway with it. I have most things packed that I can put into storage and won’t be needing for the next six months. Packing has also given me a chance to go through and get rid of a few more unused things as well. I found a few items I am not using so it’s time to reduce my inventory some more and get rid of a few more things.
When I came here to Dungeness NWR a year and a half ago, I brought some of my kitchen things along with my personal items like clothes, computer, guitar, etc. It was a learning thing for me – what do I really need and what can I leave packed? This time I am packing all of my cast iron and other kitchen stuff away and I will pretty much use what is on the island. It will be much easier to go and return from the island this way. I checked out what is supplied already when I was out there yesterday getting some boating practice in and training on what needs to be done. I don’t really need to take too much other than personal necessities, so there should not be much to move.
Speaking of boating, last week I got to go out in the law enforcement boat, which is open (no cabin). We were out in rain and some minor rough seas that day testing out some new props we installed on it. That was fun, and the weather we got into was on the way back, cold wind and rain in the face added to the excitement. Yesterday was different, however. It was rough enough to warrant standing up to absorb the shock from the boat dropping down off the waves. I was pretty much running the boat on my own (just like I will be in a few weeks)… the guy I was with was just being a passenger but was giving me a few tips on boating on rough water since he has quite a bit of boating experience and is a great teacher.
Just like when I started driving all those years ago, the first time or two out in the boat alone will be quite different and strange. It will still be fun though! It is part of my job for now and I am really looking forward to this next chapter in my life.