Saturday, October 08, 2011
Salt Spring Island
We went up to Canada for a weekend last month to visit friends on Salt Spring Island. It is a two ferry trip each way- first a Washington State ferry from Anacortes to Vancouver Island and then a British Columbia boat to Salt Spring. There was minimal driving, maybe 15 miles total, on the highway between our two houses. Still, it takes most of the morning to get there.
The weather was mild, leaving the sailboats "racing" outside of Victoria floating in place, looking lazy. I was lazy, too, and took my photo from the table where we sat to read, to make bracelets, to watch our fellow passengers.
Our friend, Luann, is a professional percussionist. Her music room is filled with marimbas, xylophones and all sorts of tympany production devices. Ray brought his trumpet and, with a small effort, the two musicians were able to play a couple of duets. "Yesterday", by Paul McCartney, arranged for the trumpet and marimba. Who'd've thought it would sound so good? We watched a bit of Wynton Marsalis on You Tube and learned some interesting things about Monette mouthpieces and Fake Books and other things that musicians talk about.
I liked our easy going weekend as a family with our friends. We talked knitting and motorcycles, went to the fair and walked along a pleasant path by a bay that lead to a small grove of Glenn oak trees. Oaks may not be rare or even uncommon in the Pacific Northwest but it surprised me to see trees I associate strongly with California.