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Last updated 12/17/2020 at 12:08pm

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Dungeness Spit is a long sand spit jutting out about 5 miles from the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula in northeastern Clallam County into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It is the longest natural sand spit in the United States. The spit is growing in length by about 15 feet per year.

In our Freewheelin' explorations we find a way to walk out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Yep! You might remember that the Salish Sea dumps water into the Pacific Ocean via this Strait.

The place we found is a bird-watching, cloud-watching, water-watching paradise with a lighthouse at the end. It's called The Dungeness Spit in the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. The Spit is the longest natural sand spit in the U.S., and is growing in length about 15 feet per year.

Unless you can walk several miles, you might want to enjoy the Spit from the beach at the bottom of the trail from the parking area. We figured the round trip would be about four to five hours. Two hours out to the lighthouse and two and a half coming back for a total of 11.5 miles. It's an enjoyable workout, especially if you pack a tasty lunch. It's like walking on water!

In our investigation, we found that the Spit is a natural formation of wind and tides, a sandbar. One side is beach and driftwood, and the other side, called Dungeness Bay, is more like a lagoon where many birds find their homes. From the Spit you can see across the Strait into Victoria, B.C., the San Juan Islands, Anacortes, as well as Whidbey Island and the Olympic Mountains.

Discovering the great outdoors in our own backyard is a marvelous adventure and welcome respite from the bombardment of scary news. Soaking up God's blessings in nature helps us find a bigger perspective than in our own cocoon.

Speaking of cocoon, as you know our Pet Sitting Around the World Travels stopped due to the global pandemic, and we are currently nesting. Part of the nesting is the fun of making our home our own with painting, and, ahem, flooring. We decided to put in hardwood flooring ourselves because Dan loves to work with his hands, and I love to design.

There was some big drama when we found out the living room floor corner was 1 ½ inches lower than the center. Can you imagine the fix to the problem? Jack up the house? Remove the subfloor and adjust the joists underneath? If we couldn't find the reason why, was the corner going to sink even more?

One benefit of living in a smallish town is you meet friendly people who love to help. Marty the contractor is one such. He stopped by about two hours later, explored the subfloor with Dan under the house. Every part was solid and with no cracks or warping, so he suggested our measurement stick was wrong. We should build a grid of string across the floor and measure to find any low or high spots and either sand down or use asphalt shingles as shims to level it all out. AND IT WORKED!

Our pattern for the week is from Monday-Saturday, the best weather day we take off to explore the great outdoors. The remainder days we work on beautifying our home and writing. On Sunday we watch a church service, enjoy football games and Dan's homemade pasta sauce.

For the foreseeable future we will be nesting due to you know what. My own calling of writing and teaching/mentoring is tugging me to write about what I most want my clients (suddenly single) to feel and experience in the coming year.

It is freedom. Yes, even in times of lockdown, we can experience freedom. Starting in January, I'll be teaching what I know about freedom. It IS possible to build a financial and emotional fortress where we can process life changes while designing a new life going forward.

We wanted our articles in Pet Sitting Around the World and the Freewheelin' stories to encourage our readers to explore the world. We're not the only ones who can live this way. You can, too, if you wish. If you want coaching, we're here for you. No matter if you are divorced, suffered breakup or loss of a partner or spouse, even some time ago, you are invited to join in and learn with us. If you want to be invited to the January classes on Experiencing Freedom, email [email protected]

Get SharonAnn's book The Secret to RIGHTsizing (a guide to redesigning your life), or follow LifeDesignCommunity on Facebook. When you join, send me a note on Messenger and receive your invitation to a free January class.


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