Where the Strait of Juan de Fuca empties into the Pacific Ocean
Powers returns to the unusual home he almost-single-handedly built on the shores of Half Moon Bay. In the 1970s, former Coastsider John Essa (center) posed with friends in front of Michael’s creation.
Burt and I arrived at Michael Power’s unique homestead in Miramar Beach about 2:30 in the afternoon. We missed the big kayaking event but here’s what we did see:
Parked at the end of the road was this really cool “ride.” Nobody knew what the make was. I suspect the South City Blues Band drove over the hill in it.
We saw the international flags and a kayak parked by the side of the road. The sound of the South City Blues Band drew us into the courtyard of Michael’s place, first walking through an unusual walkway studded with enormous rocks and carved, the work done by Michael & his friends. And however “down” Burt and I might have been before we arrived–that feeling was wiped away as we transformed to another time and place. Pete Douglas, of the Bach Society down the road, burned up the dance floor with Miramar chanteuse Susan Pate.
But the star was Michael Powers himself; scroll down to watch the “proverbially wild man.” I also posted a little quicktime video below.
something INappropriate to cheer on the Tsunami Rangers.
Dear friends & family,
SINCE ANCIENT TIMES, COASTAL PEOPLES HAVE GATHERED BY THE SEA IN SPRINGTIME TO CELEBRATE THE PASSAGE OF THE WINTER STORMS AND ENGAGE IN CONTESTS OF SKILL & ENDURANCE. HONORING THIS TRADITION & BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, WE WILL ONCE AGAIN CONVERGE HERE ON MIRAMAR BEACH AT HIGH NOON THIS COMING SUNDAY FOR THE TSUNAMI RANGER/REEF MADNESS ANNUAL EXTREME SEA KAYAKING RACE & FESTIVAL. FEEL FREE TO DRESS IN DASHING SEA GYPSY, PIRATE OR VIKING GARB & BRING ALONG A DRUM WITH WHICH TO URGE THE RACERS ONWARD… & OF COURSE YOUR FAVORITE GRUB & GROG TO SHARE AT THE GREAT FEAST THAT FOLLOWING THE RACE ARE WARMLY WELCOMED! A LIMITED NUMBER OF OFFICIAL RACE SHIRTS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE, & LIVE MUSIC BY TSUNAMI RANGER JOHN LULL’S SOUTH CITY BLUES BAND & MIRAMAR BEACH’S OWN WONDERFUL VOCALIST SUSAN PATE WITH WILL ROCK THE STAGE, SETTING YOUR HEATS TO POUNDING & YOUR FEET TO DANCING. HOPE TO SEE YOU HERE!