Camp Hahobas, Tahuya Washington

The most incredible happen to me yesterday as I was getting ready to go into town.  I was on my way to unlock the gate and as I looked up from Pepper, right in front of me, about 10 feet away was a Black Tail Coastal Deer, a doe.  She was majestically walking down the driveway.  She simply looked over at me.  Pepper pulled at the leash and barked a low, soft “woof”.  But the doe, just continued to walk by us, as if she did it every day.  Once my brain kicked in, I thought, I should take a picture. But of course, by the time I got to the camera on my phone she was well down the driveway.  I laughed a soft chuckle at which the doe stopped and looked at me.  I said to her “It’s okay” and she continued on her way.  WOW!  I was amazed at her calm.  She didn’t bound way, she just kept walking.  Have you ever watched the way deer walk? It’s very stately and like I said it’s very majestic.

So how did I end up in such a place? For those of you who haven’t heard, here’s our story (I’ll try to keep it brief)

Last fall, an opportunity we couldn’t say no to, presented itself to Jerry and I.  Jerry has been in scouting for many years.  At the time, he was serving as Assistant Cub Scout Master. So, while looking for something on our Councils web page he discovered they were looking Caretakers for Camp Hahobas, one of the three Scout Camps the Council closed in 2016. These three camps are now for sale, but multi-million dollar sales take time.  We were hired in mid October and moved a month later.  We live in the Ranger’s House.   We are here to discourage vandalism, trespassing and squatters.  Camp Hahobas, is located on the Kitsap Peninsula, in the Pacific Northwest of Washington State.  We are surrounded by the Tahuya State Forest on three sides and the Hood Canal on the fourth.

Our first winter was a trial by fire for me as I am a city girl.  There was about 6-12 inches of snow on the ground from December 8 through the middle of February.  We were told that there would be only a dusting of snow.  HA! One of our neighbors told us there is so much snow because of a condition called “Lake Effect Snow”.  Apparently, the Hood Canal makes its own weather and results in a lot of moisture, i.e.  snow and rain.   The house we call home is an older one.  It has a furnace, but needs a fire in the fireplace to chase away chill the furnace can’t seem reach.  There is a lot of downed trees here but the wood has to be cut, split and stacked.  Jerry does the cutting and splitting, I help with the stacking.

Living remote as we are, has changed the way we shop. We don’t jump in the car every time its discovered something is needed.  We live thirty minutes away from the nearest town and it is a large waste of money to make a trip for one or two items. We make shopping trips about two or three times a month.  I try to group appointments so they are on the same day, usually one in the morning and another in the afternoon and do some of the shopping in between and after.  It makes for a very long day, but it saves gas money and wear and tear on the cars.

We have internet so we aren’t cut off from the world.  I don’t feel isolated. In truth, I love it here.  No city water, with all the chemicals, just spring fresh water.  There is no city noise. The sound of the wind in the trees is a comforting sound once you get used to it. The air is clean and fresh.  The night sky is not effected by city light and on clear nights, the stars and moon are so bright it takes your breath away.

I have been photographing the spring flowers and a few animals as I get the chance.  Enjoy the pictures.

Until next time,  Kathy