Folks who live in Seattle, Wash., tell strangers about how bad the weather is; it’s a mantra for them. The message is almost subliminal—it’s a gloomy place, the sun never shines, it’s always raining… For some reason, they don’t want the rest of us up there. But the weather in Seattle actually is different from the message. In reality, the climate is mild, the landscape beautifully green, and for Randy Kersten, it’s one of best places on the planet to own an airplane.
Kersten is one of those Seattle natives who goes north to the San Juan Islands for vacation. He bought a cabin on Center Island, 12 miles south of Orcas Island, in 1978. Kersten and his family go up to the cabin every chance they get. By his own admission, “In over 20 years, we’ve only turned around twice and got stuck twice. In summer, we go up there every weekend; during the winter, only once a month.”
One of the things that Kersten likes the most about his cabin is that there’s no road or bridge to the island, and there isn’t a ferry that goes near there either. Kersten smiles, “The only way in or out is by boat or airplane, and I’m still not sure about boats.”