This family time was a strange mixture of sadness and healing. Sad because until just two weeks previous the plan had been for my parents to be with us, and we were planning to celebrate my dad's 80th birthday while we were together on the island. The feeling of "what should have been" silently spoke to our time together.
The healing part, the part I will always look back on with thankfulness, was simply being together as a family. I think the pictures tell the story better than I ever could.
We hiked together:
We explored beaches together:
We whale watched together:
We had the opportunity to go out on a marine mammal research vessel together:
The fresh air and ocean swells appear to have taken their toll!
Perhaps most important of all, we shared some wonderful family meals together.