“It’s okay to disagree with the thoughts or opinions expressed by other people. That doesn’t give you the right to deny any sense they might make.” ― Ashly Lorenzana
I D Y L L I C I S L A N D R E T R E A T
Living on a remote island location is definitely not for everyone. It demands a hearty, self-sufficient type of individual who readily understands and welcomes the challenges associated with a more rugged style of life.
On a recent seven-day vacation trip to Saturna Island B.C., located on British Columbia’s lower Pacific coastal area, I discovered first hand that many of the myths associated with island living were just that: myths.
The weather was more than hospitable during my sojourn there but at times I began to realize that this lifestyle was not for me. After one week’s stay I was more than eager to board the plane ride home.
My brother-in-law is self-sufficient and is quite adept at literally carving out a lifestyle for himself and my sister-in-law. I am more of a city person and readily admit that I lack both the skill and the temperament to live in such a sublime and naturally challenging environment.
There were many anxious moments when island wind warnings were issued declaring that heavy gusts of wind could possibly knock down trees cutting off power lines to the homes located on the island.
I was told that if the power suddenly went out I was not to flush the toilet because the electric pump for the bathroom would not work and if I did flush an air bubble would choke the setup when the power did finally return.
The alternative if that happened: there was an outhouse at the top of the hill which could be used in such emergencies. Definitely not my cup of tea. Happily this did not happen.
I do salute all those folks who live on such islands and commend them for their tenacity, resourcefulness and pioneer spirit.