Walker steps off 283-mile memorial for friend

PORT TOWNSEND — Although he had traveled far since dawn, Ray Grier still had a spring in his step when he arrived in town Monday night.

Reaching Point Hudson, he planted his walking staff on the beach, found a stick and wrote three initials in the sand.

Then he lighted a heart-shaped candle, put it on a piece of driftwood, and sent it out over the waters.

The flame burned brightly for a few minutes, then went out, much like the life of his friend in whose memory he walked.

“I didn’t know her long,” Grier said. “She was like a meteor flashing through my life, a brilliant light of inspiration.

“Then she was gone.”

30 mile trek from Sequim

Grier, an artist, cartoonist and veteran Kinetic Skulpture racer, had just traveled from Sequim on foot, a distance of 30 miles.

The trek was the conclusion to a series of walks Grier started May 20 and completed on Monday, his 62nd birthday, in memory of Marsha Menard, who died two weeks short of her 30th birthday.

But Grier far surpassed his original target.

“My goal was 200 miles,” he said, “I did that by June 7.”

More in News

Jefferson County increases fire danger from ‘high’ to ‘very high’

Fire marshal cites months of drought conditions, increased risk of lightning

Animal board to help with dogs

Clallam County seeking solutions to Bark House closure

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Chairwoman Francis Charles leads tribal members in a ceremony across the length of the new Elwha River bridge, which opened Sunday afternoon. The tribal members dedicated the surface with cedar bows as members of the bridge crew watched from left. (Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News)
Sweeping ceremony

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Chairwoman Francis Charles leads tribal members in a… Continue reading

Jennifer Gold.
‘Polite Calamities’ novel to launch Saturday

Author to provide reading, discussion at Imprint Books

Chip sealing, striping on highways this week

Drivers on opposite ends of the North Olympic Peninsula… Continue reading

Temporary bypass lanes to open near Ruby Beach

Work crews will open temporary bypass lanes around two new… Continue reading

Summertime Singers to perform this weekend

The Summertime Singers will perform concerts at 7 p.m.… Continue reading

Crystal Heap of Lynden admires a lavender bouquet as her daughter, Lillian, 6, looks on at Old Barn Lavender Company near Sequim on Saturday, part of Sequim Lavender Weekend. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Fresh lavender in Sequim fields

Crystal Heap of Lynden admires a lavender bouquet as her daughter, Lillian,… Continue reading

District adding community paramedic

Program designed to help frequent 9-1-1 callers

“Remember Me,” the large-scale mural on the American Legion-Jack Grennan Post 62 hall, was unveiled at a public event on Saturday. (Melissa Klein)
American Legion mural displays World War I hero

‘Remember Me’ includes portrait of Jack Grennan

Sequim council enacts remote public comment procedure

Participants who want to speak remotely must sign in by 3 p.m. on meeting day

Operations scheduled at Bentinck range this week

The land-based demolition range at Bentinck Island will be… Continue reading