On that day in 1958 it was the largest non-nuclear man-made explosion in history and it tamed the twin peaks of Ripple Rock. The maritime hazard had taken a high toll on shipping and claimed many lives. The rapids at flow are still a handful for any vessel.
Sitting on the brink of solitude, the community of Eastsound at the head of East Sound which slices Orcas Island virtually in half, has a Gotham feel. Though perhaps we have just been on the boat too long.