January 20th, 2013

McNeil Island, WA

This island is home to the Federal, turned State prison, which in March 2011 closed its doors due to state budget cuts. It is also, where I called home for my first 16 formative years (64-80) as I grew up here. My dad worked for the FCI and in 1980, when it was known it was being handed over to the state to run, we, as a family, moved to Texas.
Texas is where I lived for 30 years!! BUT, that being said, hardly a day went by that I didn't think I'd ever get back. That was then, this is now. In the summer of 2010, I had the opportunity to move, lock, stock and barrel to Oregon and eventually back to Washington. A dream of mine, realized! But, it wasn't easy. Saying goodbye to friends and family was rough, but realizing a dream is important.

I am now working on a documentary project about living on the island. Pictures to be posted soon.