jeudi 10 septembre 2009

Our home away from home

We just spent a relaxing week on Whidbey Island, at the Tree House near Coupeville. You can read about it in the New York Times by clicking on the title. The Tree House was designed and built by Sean Bell, our friend and the architect who designed and built our house in Luna Park.

I love the simplicity, functionality and elegance of Sean's designs. He uses noble and industrial strength materials to build compact and yet spacious dwellings. The Tree House is named for the actual trees that fulfill structural roles inside the house.

We discovered the Admiral's Cove community pool this time around. It was open through Labor Day, so I managed to get three swims in. Since it's an outdoor pool with little chlorine, you can smell the nearby salt water and beach as you swim. The slight autumn chill made the water even more inviting and hard to emerge from.

Biking is easy thanks to the lack of traffic, as long as you stick to the side roads or bike paths (such as the Rhodedendrun Trail). But our favorite excursion on Whidbey Island is the Bluff trail off of Sherman Road. It ultimately descends to a beautiful, isolated beach, but we didn't get that far this time. Neko is a trooper, but our friends get tired. We got far enough to enjoy stunning views, though.