We say "We're going to America"
when we cross over the water on the ferry
from Whidbey Island to the Mainland!
During this year on the island I've only been to AMERICA twice!
I'm so content to explore this fabulous, strangely-shaped isle.
In 5 minutes I can walk to the beach overlooking the Saratoga Passage,
Mt. Baker and the Cascade mountains-
Jump in the car and in 8 minutes I'm at West beach
looking across the shipping lanes, Mt. Rainier,
and the jagged snowy peaks of the Olympic range.
Yet my last trip to AMERICA was thrilling ~
I hadn't been to the Space Needle in Seattle for over 50 years.
In 1961 I lived high on Queen Anne Hill overlooking the building of
the Space Needle.
Photographer Don Aylard and I published a little book of pictures and text
Early one morning I wrote these lines about Mt. Rainier
and the space needle
IT LOOKS SO DIFFERENT NOW ~ half a century later ~
At the foot of the space needle we saw
an unbelievably gorgeous gallery of huge glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly
Here's my favorite.
There are lots of good reasons to GO TO AMERICA ~
if I can bear to leave this island.