When the Pacific Northwest winter sun shines unabashedly, you go outside. You don’t want to hesitate, because it might be a few weeks before the sun comes out again. The last time I saw my glowing friend was Monday, November 28th…not that I’m keeping track or anything. I just remember when it last warmed my bones. Despite work, chores and errands, I dropped everything, grabbed Owen and headed to the sunniest spot on the island.
When Bainbridge Islanders want guaranteed full sun, they go to Crystal Springs for a stroll.
A small grassy area & parking lot allows you to park and walk along one of the few stretches of island waterfront where there are no houses and no trees to block the sun. Crystal Springs is a friendly neighborhood, open and welcoming for sun pilgrims. A public pier allows you to get out on the water and when the tide is low, some wildly colored sea creatures cling to the pilings. Today, the tide was too high to expose the purple and pink sea stars, but the water was still gorgeous in the full midday sun.
A true sea dog, Owen loves the pier and insists on a visit at the start and end of the walk. He sniffs between the planks taking in the salty smells.
While I miss the sun and drink in the warmth when it finally appears, I think its the sparkling water and azure blue sky that make me happiest.