Kicked off my first work trip of the year last week with a flight into Seattle, then a drive up north to a little town called Sedro Woolley. It was a great way to kick off the year, as the Pacific Northwest remains one of my favorite places on earth. I planned to head for Bainbridge Island as soon as I arrived, ostensibly to visit a bookstore there: Eagle Harbor Books. Really it was just an excuse to ride the ferry across the sound. On the flight over I read the excellent book Closer to the Ground by Dylan Tomine, which takes place on Bainbridge. Here’s the story on that book:
Closer to the Ground is the deeply personal story of a father learning to share his love of nature with his children, not through the indoor lens of words or pictures, but directly, palpably, by exploring the natural world together as they forage, cook and eat from the woods and sea.
This compelling, masterfully written tale follows Dylan Tomine and his family through four seasons as they hunt chanterelles, fish for salmon, dig clams and gather at the kitchen table, mouths watering, to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Closer to the Ground captures the beauty and surprise of the natural world—and the ways it teaches us how to live—with humor, gratitude and a nose for adventure as keen as a child’s. It is a book filled with weather, natural history and many delicious meals.
I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Patagonia consistently delivers my favorite books.
Bainbridge Island is a nice little town, quiet in the offseason. I looked in a few shops, had lunch, and hung around the harbor a bit. It was a cloudy/sunny off-and-on kind of day, brisk for the locals but perfect temperature for me in t-shirt and a vest, and I loved it. Here are a couple more shots (click to make larger) from the ferry.
I will be back for a pleasure trip to Seattle this summer, no doubt about it. I’ve been wanting to make a weekend run that includes a Sounders game one night and the Mariners another.
I’m home a week, then I’m off to my second trip of the year: Portland, OR. Should be another excellent run.