We never know what a day will bring, but, if we are observant, rewards of memorable moments often come our way. We won’t soon forget what we saw on our walk in Port Townsend one morning — definitely unforgettable!
The beach path ended near the busy harbor where we watched all the activity: boats cleaned, crew and passengers hauled supplies on board and prepared to depart.
By now we’d seen 6 otters heading inland from the rocky shore. Where did they all go? Outbuildings obscured our initial view. We walked around the building just in time to see the last otter dive under a building into the crawl space below.
A boater happened to walk by and filled us in. A large family of sea otters (and many more than we saw) had made their home below the building for some time, that is, for years.
What an interesting arrangement! We continued our walk and discussed the otters’ dilemma. Did the U.S. Border Protection give the otter family asylum? Or do the otters play it safe and stay on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife underside of the building claiming US citizenship? Whichever, we’re glad the authorities respect family unity.