This past week I took a little vacation up to Orcas Island, where my granddaughter Poppy is attending summer camp. Orcas Island is the largest in the San Juan island chain, located off Washington state. The area has so much history, and it was a real treat to visit Poppy while she is away at camp. My daughters Ella and Jacqueline also attended the same camp as young girls, and it was my first time to go and visit!
Four Winds Westward Ho is the name of the camp; and it has been in this place for 86 years! The campers wear the same uniforms (bloomers and sailor tops); and very few of the traditions of the camp have changed all these years later.
A very refreshing thing to find in this technological world. The girls part of the camp (Four Winds) has wooden cabins; and the boys part (Westward Ho) they sleep in tents.
After flying into Seattle I took a small plane out to the island…a real adventure!
In the morning the campers assemble to find out where to go for their classes. There are costumed skits to describe the classes every morning!
Pictured above is a part of the garden where the campers take classes in gardening and art. The campers also partake in pony-carting, sailing horseback riding and swimming.
Above is a really cool old gate with a wagon wheel. Poppy and her friend India are posing in front of it.
This is one of the coolest berry gardens I have seen. Built with chicken wire and found pieces of wood, the girls can grow berries in the summer, and keep the deer out.
Another feature of the berry garden is a really inventive gate, where these stones (pictured above) are on a pully system and automatically close the gate behind you.
A fun little carving in a fence that Poppy and I spotted while having lunch in town. I love finding fun little ideas that give personality to ordinary objects.
A really cool old sun dial, and a type of poppy I had never before seen…Beautiful!
And finally, Poppy sitting in the gardens at summer camp.
I had such an wonderful time and loved seeing the beautiful landscapes of Orcas Island. An unspoiled Paradise!