Daily Archives: November 23, 2008

Wilderness a few feet from the shore

Mark Powell, whom I profiled today in this story, is swimming around Bainbridge to, in part, get a better sense of his island home.

Wearing a snorkel and goggles, he takes in the undersea scenery a mile or so at a time.

While the swim makes him feel closer to the place he lives, it also takes him far away.

“Bainbridge is not a pristine wilderness area, but 10 feet off the shore it’s more pristine than anywhere on land,” he told me before sliding into Blakely Harbor last week. “When I get in the water, I get that wilderness feel.”

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