Whidbey Island

David Welton / Whidbey Life Magazine

As children, we all have big dreams of what we’ll do with our lives, maybe become a famous painter or an astronaut. But many of us wind up pursuing something more practical, and then it can take a lot of guts to resurrect those childhood dreams later on.

But that's exactly what 82-year-old Larry Shafer has done. After a long legal career as a trial lawyer and municipal court judge, the Whidbey Island resident has spent the past five years reconnecting with his love of music. 

The type of wind and rainstorm blowing into western Washington has done some amazing damage in the past. Weather expert Cliff Mass is not forecasting anything so huge this weekend, but we will get a "westerly wind surge," gusty enough to expect some power outages on Whidbey Island. 

Winds could gust to 50 or 60 miles per hour in some parts of the Strait of Juan de Fuca -- as a front from the north accelerates down the strait and barrels into Whidbey and the Everett area.

Two examples that Mass recalls vividly:

Beth Redfield photo.

The first new car ferry in Washington State in more than a decade enters scheduled service in Port Townsend this morning.  The Chetzemoka (pronounced CHET-za-MOCH-ah) was christened Sunday.