Did You Catch Up with Bill?

Grapeview Island, Washington

Grapeview Island
On Puget Sound
Quiet and peaceful
Lovely and fun.
A get away place
To stroll on the beach
Or go for a swim,
Or row a boat.
Out to the lagoon
With pail and trowel
We dig for clams
To eat tomorrow.
We walk up the narrow
One lane road,
Wild vetch is out
In beautiful purple.
Wild roses in bloom
All pink and pretty
Watch out for thorns
They sure are prickly.
What is that white
Foam on the grass?
Dig in and find a
Tiny green spit bug.
White and yellow
Grow wild
Across the meadow.
A petal I pluck
He loves me,
He loves me not.
He loves me.
We sit on the deck
To enjoy the sunset
The sun on the water,
A sight to behold.
A tiny sparrow
Flits to the lamppost,
A song to sing
Just for us.
We watch the water
Calm as glass.
A little wind to
Rough it up
Tiny waves
Lap on the shore
As the tides
Ebb and flow.
A boat comes by
And makes some waves
That wash
Upon the shore.
Head and shoulders
Out of the water
Up pops a seal
Then kersplash–
back into the sea.
A great eagle soars
O’er the water;
White head and tail
Broad wings spread wide.
Grows abundant;
Brilliant yellow flowers
Basking in the sun.
Bumble bees
Black and yellow
Buzzing among
The lovely flowers.
A snake slithers
Through the grass.
No fear; ’tis only a
Harmless garter snake.
Lovely green ivy
Grows wildly rampant
Over the ground
And down the bank.
Long arms resting
On the benches.
A graceful sailboat
Glides by
With sails flowing
In the wind.
A long sleek yacht
With motor purring
Churns a wake
Across the water.
We wade in the water
Of the sea,
A starfish lounging
Is what we see.
A little farther,
There’s a crab
Long legs walking
Under water.
We turn a rock
And a dozen
Tiny crabs
Skitter about.
Grapeview Island is
A great place to visit
Peaceful and quiet
Full of beauty and life.

Grapeview Island

When I was growing up we spent many wonderful weekends at Grapeview. My grandparents bought an old Victorian house on the island in 1948. The old house was built in the late 1800’s. It was three stories high with five bedrooms on the second floor. It had windows facing the water, and we could look out and see seals in the early mornings. It had a large porch that looked out on the water, and stairs leading down the bank to the beach. It was a fantastic old house with lots of great memories.

The big house was sold in 1972, and a nice cabin was built on part of the property’s lawn. We parked the motor home beside the cabin.

We went out and dug clams in the lagoon. They were quite small this year. We also went out at very low tide and got some geoducks (pronounced, “gooey ducks”) and horse clams. Bill even went out to the lagoon to dig clams. I took him partway in the boat because it was too far for him to walk. He tried using a walker, but it was too hard for him to push it through the pebbles.

We went out to a private golf course and played a round. The course only has about six holes so you play some of them twice to get nine holes. It was quite rough, but we all had a good time. Bill even played a round. He was so tired afterward, I had to bring the car to take him back to the house.

We spent just over a week here with my Aunt Bette and Uncle Joe. Bette has done a lot of work for celiac disease. She wrote the “Gluten Free Gourmet” cookbooks. She also planned tours and cruises all over the world for people with celiac disease.

From the island, we were able to go to Shelton, WA, and talk at the Senior Citizens’ Center there. We later spoke at the Senior Center in Everett, WA. We also made a visit to the Toastmasters in Silverdale.


It took five years for me to talk Bill into going to the island. Our oldest daughter, Janice, was almost four, and Laura was six months when he finally agreed. It was love at first sight. He would get up at 5:00 a.m. and go for walks on the beach, or walk down the road and then back on the beach.

Bill enjoyed oysters when they were cooked over the barbecue until they popped open. My grandmother always made the best clam chowder, and Bill loves clam chowder. There was always plenty of food and people around.

Bill helped dig clams and geoducks. Geoducks are large clams with long necks. They squirt when we walk on the beach, and thus show us where to dig. When the water squirts out, the neck shrinks back into its shell. The geoduck is found about two feet below the surface of the beach. We have to be careful that we don’t dig into the geoducks and break their shells.

Bill went out with Joe to help take care of the golf course and play golf. Bill was in on everything that went on at the island whenever we were there.

One year we helped clean the big old house and prepare it for painting. We even painted some of the trim. That was a major undertaking and we only helped with a little of it.