With sketchbook and tools in hand, I hiked down the steep road to the pier with the intention of sketching from water level in the small park on the shoreline. Half way down I couldn’t resist stopping to rest at a perfect spot with a bench extending out from the walkway opening to a tremendous view of the pier and Saratoga Passage. From the view point I could see several occupied houses hugging the waters edge that are accessible by a short road; there is a lovely inn with rooms for rent, kayak company, whale watchers company and, of course, slips for a few yachts to tie in for night, or stop for the hike up the steep hill to village of Langley. Sail boats are anchored out in the bay for the summer and islanders have a few boats moored around the pier.
It must have been around 8:00 a.m. when I started to settle in for a live sketch. The working people were beginning to go on their way. Some people who lived in the few shore houses were driving or walking up the hill past me. One gal commended on my sketch as she was on her way down the hill; on her return up the hill, she stopped to chat longer sharing her thoughts about sketching, island life, walking and gluten free diet. She is a local gal walking everyday for her exercise. It’s so much fun to strike up conversation with strangers; I just never know where the conversation will lead. I enjoy these conversations from inquiring friendly people; I always learn so much from them.