Bellingham, Wash. — Lummi Island got its name from the Lummi Indian tribe. To get to Lummi Island , you have to go on a little ferry that takes only 10 minutes to cross Hales Pass. I like it when Jack Miller is on (he's the pilot). He lets me go up to the pilot house and steer the ferry.
On the other side of the Island there is a nice beach with a lot of driftwood for the fire-place. On that beach there are agates. Agates are shiny little rocks that you can see through if you hold them up to the sun. Sometimes we even find teardrops, which are perfectly round. I'm saving agates in a big bottle.
We like to watch people reef netting. Reef netting is the oldest net fishing known to man. Thails Indians used to fish like that. They still do. They anchor two boats in the water with five-foot-square concrete blocks. The blocks weight six tons each. On the front of each boat there is a tall ladder. There's a net between the two boats with lead nets out in front. Men stand on the tall ladders and watch for fish. When fish are coming, they get down and pull out the nets.
Fish buyers come in boats to buy their fish.
By the beach there is an Indian aquaculture school. In that school there are 20,000,000 oyster larvae in a tank. They also have tanks full of clam seed. The people at the school let me look through a microscope. I saw tiny little oysters moving. They oyster were smaller than grains of sand.
I like Lummi Island!