MAKING AN ISLAND HOME
“We fell in love with the islands shortly after moving to Seattle. One of our first camping trips was to Moran State Park, and getting there was part of the magic, slipping past gorgeous forested gems. The hike to the top of Mount Constitution did it! We knew then that we would find our way back, to a place that felt so completely like home.”
It took almost a decade, but Paul Beaudet and David Wertheimer did find their way back, to Guemes Island. While not there, they are in Seattle, focusing on issues they both care deeply about: habitat—for people and for wildlife. Paul works for Wilburforce Foundation, which funds the preservation of wildlife and wildlands. David works for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he leads the foundation’s efforts to address the needs of families struggling with housing instability.
Paul co-chaired the Campaign to Save Guemes Mountain. “It’s one of our regular haunts. We hike to the summit to enjoy sweeping views and wildflowers, and to stop along the trail to chat with neighbors and friends.”
Paul and David look forward to retiring to their Guemes home in the decades ahead, and to spending more time being part of their island community.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Paul and David are members of the Gann Society.