McMickin Island is my favorite island in the South Sound. It just keeps calling me back and only 6nm from my marina, it makes it a quick getaway for a lunch stop, an over nighter or a week long vacation. I still have plenty of nooks and beaches to explore, so I haven't seen it all and every time I come for a visit it it is different.
Since it connects to Harstene Island via the unique tombolo, at low tide there is a very protected bowl that can hold lots of boats. It is my," Martin Slough" of the Columbia River. Many of the beaches on this side of Harstene are DNR property and worthy to explore. Some are sandy, some barnacle encrusted, some are oyster and clam beds. There are some small springs along Harstene and today I followed a small trickle up the beach and found a delightful cold water creek babbling from under a huge log. I had to retreat and get Pashmina before the tide swept her out.
I collected a Moon Snail Shell and another delightful clam. Anne Morrow Lindberg wrote her book, " Gift From The Sea", in 1957 and commented on the Moon Snail Shell. She says,"Comfortable and compact, it sits curled up like a cat in the hallow of my hand. Milky and opaque, it has the pinkish bloom of the sky on a summer evening. On its smooth symmetrical face is penciled with precision a perfect spiral, winding inward to the pinpoint center of the shell, the tiny dark core of the apex, the pupil of the eye- and I stare back".
|Photo by Patty Pirnack-Hamilton of Hira's Hand and Moon Snail|
My friend Rachel, who recently died gave me her copy of Gift From the Sea to bring to Shatoosh, so it is fitting that I would find a moon snail shell. Last weekend I attended a beautiful celebration of her life. She loved nature and as I reread her copy of the book, I see marked entries that touched her heart, as well as, mine.
|Moon Snail Egg Casing|
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Hira says,"Give me an island, cover it in solitude and I am happy as a clam."