Meet your hosts: Richard and Nanae Nagaoka Fralick
PHD Physicist, Sailor, Pilot, Vollyball Player, Inventor, Cook, Handyman Extraordinaire--can make and fix just about everything; 4th Generation Californian, answered a want ad for "untamed physicist willing to work in the remote but accessible San Juan Islands;" surprised that the respond to address was in Washington State, not the Carribean.
Got the job.
36 years on Orcas Island (since 1982): School Board, Medical Board, Water Board, County Council, Fire Advisory Board, Innkeeper, Restaurant Owner, Public Health District Commissioner.
Tentatively retired. 2019 Goal: Continue Fixing old MG; building new barn--hoping to drive MG to new location instead of having it pulled there. (Knock on wood)
Teacher, Attorney, Mediator, Quilter, Portrait Painter, Foodie, Ceramics Artist, Cook, Decorator -- has an eye for putting "stuff" together. Lived in Japan (Hiroshima, Tokyo, Osaka), Hawaii (Honolulu, Kailua), Australia (Sydney), Washington D.C.(actually, Bethesda, MD)
4th Generation Washingtonian. Great-grandfather came to work on railroads in 1898; grandfather worked at dairy farming in Kent and father born on the farm in Kent.
On a return ferry from Victoria (Canada), saw an American flag in Friday Harbor (with no prior knowledge) said, "if this is America, I want to live here!" And, made it happen. On Orcas since 1999.
Assertively retired. Playing mahjong, drawing, painting, making a full set of dishes in ceramics class, trying not to miss book club! (while sewing curtains, cushions and bedskirts for the cottages.) Hoping that the above barn (with art studio for me) is completed soon. Sold our farmhouse in 2018--so no more backbreaking gardening for me in 2019.
Met on an "arranged" (by mutual friends) BLIND Date (a first for both) in 2001, fell in love, married (2003) and the rest is still happening! Life is good and full. Richard is learning the fine art of sushi making and Nanae is learning to eat Southern Californian (Mexico-like) food.
Not the best of business plans--how much easier it would be to manage one building and tens of guests instead of two to four guests at each cottage (all needing TLC and property maintenance) But, we feel fortunate to own some of the dearest properties on Orcas Island (all with their own history!) and are most happy when guests express an appreciation for what we endeavor.
We work very hard to maintain the "Dream" in our name. Thus, appreciate sincerely guests who take the time to give us feedback and give us suggestions for making their experience different. We listen.
We read our guestbooks and kind words give us a lift.
Although we are still tentative about this, we are (slowly--more slowly than we like--but surely) learning about the importance of social media (see irregular attempt at blog) we are trying. We truly appreciate guests who take the time to write complimentary reviews for us.
Again, we have yet to fully understand Facebook but know that LIKES are good and presence on Facebook help more people find us. Please do like us.