Ananda in Seattle

Trip Start Jul 21, 2016
Trip End Jul 15, 2017

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

I spent half of my adult life in Puget Sound area. Before moving to California, my last address was the Ananda Lynnwood community up at north end of Seattle.  The smallest of the Ananda Communities,  it is a 6 acre peaceful oasis in the midst of the suburban sprawl that has exploded in the greater Seattle area.  Fortunately for us, one of the long time residents had carved out a spot in the back area just large enough for a smallish Class A motorhome such as ours.

We arrived on the lazy Sunday afternoon of Labor Day weekend having driven up from Ananda Laurelwood west of Portland.  I have to say that, if you have to drive over one of the major holiday weekends, the best time to do it is middle of 3 day weekend.  Traffic, notoriously crazy between Olympia and Seattle, was a breeze and very few trucks on the interstate.  We pulled in, unhooked Mr. Toad and settled in to the quiet little space in the back of the community. Aahh....

Sraddha and I met in the Ananda Community here in Lynnwood where I was already living back in the mid 90's when she arrived from California to take a work position at the East West Bookstore. Well the rest of the story, as we say is history. We spent a couple years there then I retired from corporate life and we moved down to Ananda Village in 1998.  Since then, I/we have visited numerous times but only once in our RV two years ago prior to launching our east coast trip.  So we didn't feel the need to explore a lot, rather we spent time down near the water in Edmonds, walking along the shoreline, visiting with some family and relaxing in the northwest drizzle after spending a hot dry summer and winter in the southland

One morning Sraddha heard noise outside and discovered that some of the Ananda Farmers had arrived to pick some veggies and pack the CSA boxes for distribution in the area right behind our RV parking spot.  So we went out, and pitched in to assist.  This CSA or Community Supported Agriculture, has been going on at the Lynnwood community for several years and now, with supplemented by the prolific Ananda Farm produce is quite a thriving little business venture for them.

Of course we also went for the obligatory Edmonds ferry ride across the sound.   I had once lived on a sailboat in Lake Union and also had a big motor cruiser up in Anacortes for several years back in another lifetime sailing and cruising all around the area. It was a real treat to to be on the water again without the responsibility of boat ownership.

One of the highlights of our short time here was to participate in the blessing of the new Living Wisdom School (LWS) nearby which has been growing up over past few years.  So many young children are finding a safe haven in the LWS pre-school and K-8 education that they needed a larger space.  What fun it was to help clean a little bit, then walk around the whole building sending light energy into the space.  This little school will serve the greater community well over the next few years.

While here, our new skylight arrived.  I had ordered it while still in Oregon and the shipment arrived just the Thursday evening before our scheduled departure on Friday.  Fortunately I had duct taped the big crack which kept the rain out and installed it up at the farm.  See photos here on this blog post of the skylight.  

We had to scrap of a lot of old caulk, remove the screws then pry up the old skylight.  Once it was removed we scraped of most of the caulk then used mineral spirits to clean the surface.  I had to go out to hardware stores in search of additional special self taping screws.  Thankfully there were two Ace Hardware stores which I found 8 additional suitable, but not perfect, screws which supplemented the 16 I removed from old skylight.  Whew.

I let the surface dry overnight to evaporate an mineral spirit residue then waited till early afternoon so the surface and could could warm up in the sun before application.  Applied the caulk on surface, set the skylight, in go the screws to new locations, and applied caulk around the whole edge, and on screw tops.  Voila.  Now to let it dry a couple days before moving.

What a joy and blessing to reconnect with friends and enjoy a peaceful time in the big city but it was time to move onto the farm and figure out where next our travels take us.  Stay tuned.
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Jean Fitzgerald on

Kent, I am so sorry you didn't have time to call me. You and Sraddha would have loved the lake with the motor boat, pedal boat, and paddle board. Better call next time because I would love to see both of you.


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