Living on a Non-Ferry Island


People ask me all the time what it’s like to live on an island with only 40 year-round residents? Don’t I get bored? Lonely? Go stir crazy? Sometimes….but in general…No.

I love the quiet and the safety that comes from living in a rural environment that is buffered from the often-bizarre world at large by a pretty big body of water. Have I dropped out of society by living out here?

Maybe a little bit, but not really. I still stay in touch with all the world events by internet but my energy is focused on the things that I have some chance of impacting. I support my community by staying active with the school and reinforcing positive interactions with the children that go there. I volunteer as a EMS coordinator and am available as a support person in case of emergency. I’m active in a weekly market in the summer which has been wonderful for building “community” between the permanent population and the owners of 2nd homes on the island.



Gratefully, I’m able to offer my friends and family a lovely, peaceful setting to escape the stresses of jobs, traffic and city life and unwind. I nurture my own soul by dabbling in art, growing organic vegetables and enjoying the beautiful nature that surrounds me and I stay active so that I can be healthy as long as I can.

I have an awesome life and I recommend the lifestyle to anyone who wants to embrace a life a “little less ordinary”.



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Posted on April 10, 2016 at 8:27 pm
Sarah Jones | Category: Island Living

2 responses to “Living on a Non-Ferry Island”

  1. nicki cramer says:

    My name is Nicki Cramer. My son and his wife live in the Bellingham area. We have been considering purchasing a piece of property on one the the smaller islands. The idea is to create and build a small second home for our family who love the outdoors. When our children were young they had the experience of a small cabin in the woods. They want to recreate that for their families. We have been in the learning process the last year visiting islands and watching the market. We will be visiting the area in July. I have a couple of questions you may be able to help me with. It appears there are no cars on Decatur? What would be our best mode of transportation available to explore the island? Is there something we could rent? I am concerned about privacy and respecting the owners. Just wondering who I could contact about protocol of visitors.

    Nicki Cramer

    • Sarah Jones says:

      Hi Nick,
      We have cars on Decatur and if you let me know when you’re arriving, I will happily give you a tour of the island. I am a permanent resident of Decatur Island so I’m very flexible in meeting with you. There are a couple of places listed on Airbnb if you want to come out for a couple of nights and really get a “feel” for the island. Every Saturday morning we have a open-air market up at the country store and that’s a great time to get to know some of the locals. I look forward to meeting you. Sarah

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