Oct 042017

Once upon a time a young married couple moved into their dream home.  

They imagined they would live there forever, happily ever after.

Then reality set in, 18 years later — 18 years in one home is a really long time.

Like. A really, really long time (at least for this couple).  

Sure they had exciting road trip adventures with their Airstream travel trailer, but when not traveling — they longed for something more.  Something was missing from their day-to-day lives.  During those 18 years together, life became routine as it typically does.  
Wake > Work  > Home > Cook > Clean > Sleep > *repeat*

Life began to feel, stagnant?  Boring?  It was lacking . . . something . . . 

They found themselves thinking ahead and discussing what their retirement years together would look like.  Where would they end up?  Albeit, retirement was still a world away —  it was an exhilarating topic to discuss.  Hawaii (where she grew up)? Eastern Washington (where he spent many fun filled summers at the family cabin)?  Or how about the San Juan Islands of Washington State (where they both spent time creating sweet memories, together).  But of course.  There was no question.

Of course it had to be San Juan Island

Then one day this past summer, they, along with their young teenage son, were hiking along a forested path in the woods on their beloved island.  The couple was once again casually chatting about living on island *one day* when their son said, “But why wait mom and dad? I wouldn’t mind living here?” he continued . . . “I want to be surrounded by nature, I feel so bored at our home now.  I want to make new friends that share my outdoor enthusiasm . . . Please?”

The couple abruptly stopped in their tracks, and looked at each other and then at their son.  They were bewildered for sure . . . and in a moment  . . . EXCITED . . . (excited!)

And that my friends, is that.  They found a beautiful home perched above the Salish Sea where Humpback and Orca whales come to play while eagles soar high above.  They found a home on an island that is home to a plethora of organic farms that grow some of the biggest and vibrant, robust  fruits and vegetables.  They found a home on island that offers up miles upon miles of beaches to explore and forested trails to hike that reward with spectacular sweeping views.  But best of all, they found a home on an island that will offer up new adventures to be had for a long time to come.

Non-stop outdoor adventures and culinary discoveries every-single-day?  

Why not?

So this is why I have been MIA here on J5MM over this entire past summer.  It has been a whirlwind of getting our home ready to sell (18 years worth of stuff now PURGED.  I’ve never felt better about letting things go) to closing on the island home to signing up for a cute little studio on the mainland (I still work a bit during the week).  All in all, everything has fallen into place as we had hoped.

I look forward to sharing our island life adventures with you, Airstream style too — we have big plans for our silver girl.  I can hardly wait to share more of that with you.  

I hope you had a lovely summer.  Here’s to new adventures 💙 

~ Monica xx

Aug 212012

{ Chef Gretchen Allison – Duck Soup Inn, San Juan Island – Washington State }

As you slowly travel down a forested gravel drive meandering alongside a golden sunlit pond, you soon find yourself at Duck Soup Inn.

Situated in a fairytale-like forest setting complete with giant pine trees, twinkling lights and lanterns hanging here and there, you soon realize that your dining experience at Duck Soup Inn will extend beyond your dining table. Once again, we were amazed and rightly so.

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Aug 152012

One thing that we have come to learn while spending time here in the San Juan Islands is that people take things pretty slow.  No one is really ever in a rush and for us, that is very comforting.

We’ve spied these cute little candy apple red mopeds and scoot coupes all over San Juan Island and often wondered to ourselves what it would be like to have a ride in one of them.  Taking life slow and really exploring the island is how I always perceived the experience to be.   Of course B was always chiming in with his opinions.

“Oh mommy, it would be so fun!”

Could you guess how happy he was when hubby and I told him that today would be the day we would go and take a scoot coupe out for spin?

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Aug 092012

Today we are on the West Side of San Juan Island specifically at Lime Kiln State Park.   Comprised of 36 acres, Lime Kiln is considered one of the best places in the world to view whales from land.  I will tell you that it is spectacularly beautiful here.  Sweeping views of Haro Strait with the whale’s swimming gracefully through the waters will definitely take your breath away if not put a tear or two of emotional happiness in your eyes.

The lighthouse and park are both run on a voluntary basis thanks to the “Friends of Lime Kiln Society.”  Thanks to the society, the park and light house have remained in excellent condition.  It’s a wonderful thing don’t you think to see people volunteering their time, for free, to help preserve history?

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Aug 082012

We have arrived on San Juan Island and I would like to thank you for coming along with us as we begin our second journey in the San Juan archipelagos.   To be able to share with you the adventures, beauty and everything else that this island has to offer makes me very happy (and excited!).

But first thing is first.  A special visit to our favorite beach.  SOUTH BEACH.

“I don’t remember coming here mommy…”

“Oh but we did come here and sooo many times,” I told B as we walked along the beach.

I was glad to have him back here to begin the memories again because this was such a special beach to us. Many memories here.

Years ago we began coming here to the beauty you see before your eyes. Perhaps you remember when we visited in the off season and I made an easy seafood dinner? That was a beautiful day for sure!

Today a celebration of s’mores was in order. It felt good to be back.

~ a very different kind of s’more (assembly instructions below)

If you have not had the opportunity to read my piece on the Huffington Post about Orcas Island you can do so here.  It was a labor of love writing about Orcas.  All of these islands are the same but yet all have very different “flavors.”  I feel so very lucky (and honored) to be able to write about them for the whole world to read and discover.

A Special Kind of S’more


  • Nabisco Chocolate Wafers (instead of the chocolate bar)
  • Biscoff Spread (instead of the graham cracker. If you are unsure of what Biscoff Spread is, google it but be warned, it is amazing!)
  • Jumbo Marshmallows (cut in half, length wise)
  • Currants


Step 1
Spread the chocolate wafers with the Biscoff
Step 2
Toast your marshmallows and place on top of one of the wafer with the Biscoff spread
Step 3
Sprinkle some tart currants on top and seal this heavenly deal with another chocolate wafer