Guemes and Me

On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, I fell in love – minutes after my friend Tim Fisher pointed her out to me. We had all gathered at Volunteer Park, in Anacortes, Washington on a picture-perfect day, to do a ‘workers’ walk’ for an upcoming NW Trekkers Walking Club event on an island in Skagit County.

And here’s how it all started.

I arrived in Anacortes, WA at 9:10 AM, and parked on the main street.  I was early – we were supposed to meet at 9:45 AM, but the drive from Langley, BC, took me 1 hour and 25 minutes, and I hate to be late.  I probably got that from my dad – who was almost paranoid about being late.  It was one of the only things I had in common with him.  And when you’re in a walking club that starts their walks on time, being late is never an option.

Our outings usually begin at 10:00 AM, so I had time to grab a coffee and wander around the downtown area.  And that’s when I first saw her.  My heart started racing, and I suddenly felt the rush of excitement, that’s usually associated with falling in love…

But it’s getting late, and I’m driving to Anacortes this morning.  I’ll finish this story when I get back to Canada, later today.

To be continued…


Before I continue with the love story, I have a bit of an embarrassing situation – and I feel more than a little bit awkward to admit that I forgot to mention that the love interest was an island – Guemes Island.   Gee, I feel bad if anyone expected something more exciting.

Anyways, when I heard about the planned Anacortes/Guemes Island walk at the recent meeting, I volunteered to be one of the workers at the event on April 6, 2019.  And because this is a walk that hasn’t been one for a few years, the club scheduled a workers’ pre-walk to verify the instructions and map.

So as we were walking from Pioneer Park to the ferry terminal, I asked Tim how far away the island was.  And he answered by pointing across the water to a nearby island.  And that’s when the heart started to skip a beat.  How do you not fall in love with a beautiful day on a beautiful island?

So on that Wednesday, I took a few photos and short video clips.

You can view the video clips by clicking on this link: Guemes Island Workers Walk

And although the day was excellent – we didn’t walk the additional 3.5 KM mountain trail.  And that was the part of the walk that I was looking forward to climbing.  I  made a mental note to return later in the week to take on the mountain challenge.  Doing it by myself will be easier for me because I can do it at my own speed.

And so, I drove back to Anacortes on Friday morning and parked at the Pioneer Park lot (free), and then walked almost the same route that our group followed on Wednesday.  I planned to walk the 5 KM plus the additional kms to the mountain trail.  And the climb up Guemes mountain to the summit was tiring but exhilarating.  I haven’t felt this young and proud of myself in years!

And all because of a bunch of awesome walking buddies on both sides of the border.

Oh, and by the way, if you’ve got a few minutes – I took a bunch of photos and videos of the mountain climb.  I hope you’ll consider including this leg of the walk.  But I recommend good boots and hiking poles – especially, the poles.  And believe it or not, there is a stand at the opening of the trail with a few poles you can borrow and then return.  So thoughtful!  But bring your own – there are only three poles available to borrow.  Here are the photos:

And here are the videos…

Click on this link to view the video clips:  Guemes Mountain walk 

I hope you don’t mind that I wanted to share this experience with you.  If you’re a Tulip Trekker or a Vancouver ‘Venturer or a Surrey Trekker – you already know why.  Because you all have been my mentors!

And speaking of mentors – I received quite a few emails from friends wondering about my new love.

One person even suggested that she knew who I’d fallen in love with – and her guess was the closest.  It was Colby’s mom who wrote to me and said she guessed it was a dog that I met on the island.   And she was almost right – if you viewed the pictures that I posted of the Wednesday walk – you would have seen the awesome horse that came over to the fence to say hello to Sue W., Bob and I – as we captured her beauty on our respective cameras.  Sue and I relied on our cell phone cameras but Bob had an actual camera – I didn’t know they still made them (just kidding, Bob!).

Guemes Mountain Summit                                   Photo by Danny

And if you don’t walk – maybe you’ll give it a try?  Give me a shout – I walk every day.  Or go on Meetup and look for the NW Tulip Trekkers, OR the Vancouver ‘Venturers, OR the Surrey Trekkers walking clubs.  But don’t join unless you enjoy making new friends, seeing new and exciting places on both sides of the border AND maybe if you’re lucky – finding the love of your life!

Maybe, he/she will be an almost famous writer… (as in almost pregnant!) that I know…

Dedicated to my friends, Tim & Cheryl Fisher



Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):

Heading for the Light – lyrics

I’ve wandered around with nothing more than time on my hands
I was lost in the night with no sight of you
And at times it was so blue and lonely
Heading for the light

Been close to the edge, hanging by my fingernails
I’ve rolled and I’ve tumbled through the roses and the thorns
And I couldn’t see the sign that warned me
I’m heading for the light

Oh, I didn’t see that big black cloud hanging over me
And when the rain came down, I was nearly drowned
I didn’t know the mess I was in

My shoes are wearing out from walking down this same highway
I don’t see nothing new, but I feel a lot of change
And I get the strangest feeling as I’m
Heading for the light

Oh, my hands were tired
Jokers and fools on either side
But, still, I kept on till the worst had gone
Now I see the hole I was in

My shoes are wearing out from walking down this same highway
I don’t see nothing new, but I feel a lot of change
And I get the strangest feeling as I’m
Heading for the light

I see the sun ahead, I ain’t never looking back
All the dreams are coming true as I think of you
Now there’s nothing in the way to stop me
Heading for the light

Now there’s nothing in the way to stop me
Heading for the light
Heading for the light
Heading for the light

Songwriters: Bob Dylan / George Harrison / Jeff Lynne / Roy K Orbison / Tom Petty
Heading for the Light lyrics © BMG Rights Management, The Bicycle Music Company

3 thoughts on “Guemes and Me

  1. A very nice group (12+) of Vancouver ‘Venturers will be attending this walk. I will be taking my vitamins that morning so I can do the 13 km walk as recommended, to see the best views. If the weather is nice, many, many will attend. Will you be walking with us on Friday also?
    Doug & Nancy.
    PS Donna & Mae were asking Nancy about you the other day. You are missed.

    1. Yes, Doug, I’ll be staying Friday night and doing the ‘sunset’ walk on Friday Harbor during the afternoon. I heard that you and the other Canucks were staying at the casino. It’s too far out-of-town AND too close to the one-arm-bandits (slot machines) for me. I’ve got a room in downtown Anacortes. Hopefully, more Canadians will be coming to this walk. I’ll be at the Venturers’ walk on Ambleside in West Vancouver next week – so, I’ll see everyone soon! Hugs, Danny

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