They say there are six degrees of separation between every human being living on this planet. On a small island like San Juan Island it’s more like two. You have a friend or acquaintance in common with virtually anybody you meet. That makes everything more personal, everybody more responsible. Maybe you won’t be rude to a stranger cutting in line, because that person could be your kid’s teacher or the doctor you are about to see. The same is true with environmental responsibility. Regardless of political affiliation, people and businesses on San Juan Island won’t recklessly dispose motor oil or laundry soup down the storm drains of Friday Harbor, because the fish in the harbor will die, right there and then.
With Earth Day just around the corner, we would like to invite you to join us on our little island paradise, be kind to each other, gentle on our earth and Leave only Footprints on San Juan Island.
Did you know that the English word “to travel” etymologically comes from the French “travail”, which means “physical or mental exertion, task, agony” and even “torment”? Doesn’t sound very relaxing now, does it? The Anglo-French noun was borrowed into English in the late 13th century, long before cushy car rides, restful hotel rooms and romantic Farm-to-table- restaurants.