PROFILE: AT HOME ON THE ROAD
Janice Sears and Tom Brown don’t let any grass grow under their feet. Well, technically Tom does: He lovingly tends to a picture-perfect urban garden around their Seattle home. Just as often, though, their home is the open road. As active travelers, they are currently on a quest to visit every one of America’s 59 National Parks. They recently bagged their 42nd —Cuyahoga Valley National Park, between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Janice keeps a running travelogue, including many gorgeous photos, on her blog, TravelWithJanice.com.
The Seattle couple (he is retired and she is a merchandising and business strategist) are avid hikers, skiers, kayakers, and cyclists. While they own no property in the San Juan Islands, they are frequent visitors here. Janice is an enthusiastic volunteer land steward, currently responsible for making regular visits to two SJPT preserves on Orcas, Hogback Preserve and Richardson Wildfowl Preserve. After each visit, she reports back to our stewardship staff on the preserves’ condition. Janice and Tom are inaugural members of the Tiptop League, a program launched in 2016 to recognize Preservation Trust members who make an annual, unrestricted gift $1,000 or more.
Janice’s enthusiasm is palpable: “Every time I ride the ferry on my way to Orcas, I still get excited,” she says. “I am passionate about the preservation of the islands and the Salish Sea!”
Janice and Tom remind us that a dedication to our islands—and our work—reaches beyond those who live or own land up here. Generous, conservation-minded people like Janice and Tom are the fuel behind the Preservation Trust’s work. Thank you!