A family invasion at the US Border Protection office

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 day started at Addie Mae’s Southern Kitchen with cheesy grits, sautéed mushrooms, and shrimp topped with a fried egg.

The day started at Addie Mae’s Southern Kitchen with cheesy grits, sautéed mushrooms, and shrimp topped with a fried egg.

We followed Addie Mae’s breakfast with a long walk on the beach.

We followed Addie Mae’s breakfast with a long walk on the beach.

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.

But wait! What was that? Two sleek furry creatures pop up from the rocky hillside. Soaking wet sea otters!

But wait! What was that? Two sleek furry creatures pop up from the rocky hillside. Soaking wet sea otters!

A third otter appeared and stopped to look at us. It hesitated, and then….

A third otter appeared and stopped to look at us. It hesitated, and then….

 

…the otter raced off across the road.

…the otter raced off across the road.

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 was the building the otters called home? The left side is the office of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the right is the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

What was the building the otters called home? The left side is the office of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the right is the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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.

 

June 2015

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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8 Responses to A family invasion at the US Border Protection office

  1. They were pretty clever to choose this particular building under which to make their home! Great story.

  2. Annette Davey says:

    A great story to read first thing in the morning. Thankyou

  3. Sea otters living on land? That’s a bit too much evolution for me. The one running across the road nearly broke my heart. There are so many wrong things about that, I almost can’t enjoy the fact of the US Fish and Game and the US Border patrol sharing custody (almost). 8)

    • We wondered were they something other than sea otters, e.g. river otters, but they came out of salt water, looked like sea otters to us landlubbers, and the local person said sea otter.

  4. Bernice Rowe says:

    Too funny! BSent from Yahoo Ma

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