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Jackie and my Business Trip Adventure

Sunnyshore Studio is dipping our big toe into the book publishing world, so I I scheduled a meeting with Shelley Houston of Just Dust Publishing (JDP). Shelley had graciously offered to let Jenny and I stay as her Bed and Breakfast in McMinnville, OR and to answer any questions we had.

Unfortunately Jenny hadn’t been able to come with me, so I asked Jackie if she would be my “business trip” companion instead. We had a wonderful, magical time.

Sunday afternoon we drove to McMinnville, OR in Wine Country. We had dinner on the rooftop of McMenamins on the fifth floor of the enchanting Hotel Oregon.


Remarkably, Jackie, who is a picky eater, finished her gourmet burger. The tater tots were delicious too!


Then we went to Beauty and the Beast which I found very touching.


On Saturday, we enjoyed breakfast at the Crescent Cafe in downtown McMinnville. Their coffee cake was huge, warm and delicious.

We came back to the B & B and met with Shelley. Shelley was super helpful in this new and somewhat intimidating venture. I took copious notes.

It was a beautiful day. So when we wrapped up our meeting with Shelley we decided to head to the coast. We took Hwy 18, then cut over to Tillamook. The back roads of Oregon are absolutely beautiful and windy; logging trucks race scarily by. But they are worth it.

We stopped and had ice cream at the bustling and famous Tillamook Cheese Factory. Finally we arrived at Bayview and the Ocean. Which. Was. Absolutely. Beautiful.

Jackie even got her feet wet in the Ocean.

We stopped at Mo’s, a famous clam chowder restaurant. And walked on the beach at Canon Beach, enjoying spectacular Haystack Rock.


Then it was the long drive back to Redmond, listening to music and then the NCAA Championship game, including crossing the bridge from Astoria, OR to WA State.

Ahead of us is the publishing of at least one more book, the biographical sketch about dad. And there’s another book in the works too. Who knows what the future holds.

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But for Jackie and I what was most important was that we got to spend almost two full days together learning about book publishing, but, more importantly having a wonderful, magical adventure together.

A Recap of Julian’s Summer ’16

Looking back on my summer internship with Sunnyshore Studio I find myself feeling fortunate for the opportunity it provided me. People often take spending time and vacationing with family for granted. After a tumultuous year of moving to Seattle and heading off to college on the East Coast, spending the summer with my family in our new home was extremely comforting. This internship allowed me to return home instead of spending the summer far away from my family while working in D.C, and for that I am truly grateful. This internship also allowed me to investigate my artistic side and I soon found myself rapidly gaining an increased interest in my newfound hobby of photography.

When people recall their summer memories they tend to only highlight positive memories. I will deviate from this norm and begin recapping my summer memories with the lowlights, challenges, and sucky parts.


  1. Barely getting any sleep while camping on Camano Island…..

and having to wake up to sunrises like this.


2. Having driftwood fall on you while you build a bulkhead..


3. Going hiking in Leavenworth and falling 300 feet down the side of a cliff.


4. Getting four wisdom teeth pulled


and eating four Frosties from Wendy’s a day for a week.

5. Saying Goodbye to family and grandparents before heading back to college

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Now the good stuff!


  1. Exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest!IMG_1608IMG_3904IMG_4590IMG_4759IMG_5512


2. Spending every day with family!


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3. Rafting and boating around Camano Island!



4. Photography!





This summer I worked on various projects for Sunnyshore Studio

I helped build a bulkhead

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Rebuilt this website you’re using!


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Took photos of five Camano Beaches for the Beaches of Camano Art Show Grand Opening in December

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and today created and launched Sunnyshore Studio’s official Instagram account! IG: @sunnyshore_studio


Summer 2016 was a time filled with happiness, family, fun, and work. I grew in many ways  during this internship while working on these projects with my family. Overall I had a blast working for Sunnyshore Studio and the unique opportunity it provided for me. I am extremely grateful for my time spent with my family this summer and will cherish every memory I made this summer for years to come!

Intern #2, aka Jacob Dorsey recaps his summer internship with Sunnyshore Studio

Looking back on my time during the months of June, July, and the beginning of August, I must admit that working with my family and spending time on Camano Island will be a highlight of summers for years to come.

bulkhead 26Being near Dad, Mom, Julian, Judah, and Jackie was by no means easy at times (6 people squished into 1400 sq feet); but overall, it was a very productive time.


Here are a few of the projects I accomplished:

Hauled Firewood from Snoqualmie Pass to Camano Island, then split it


Designed and built book packages and mailed the packages.


Dug the trench for the pipes to bring water from the well to the Studio


Helped Grandpa bring in the winter wood



Gardened with Grandma


Interviewed the Artists


Took videos of the beauty of Camano Island

Mowed and did yardwork

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Collected Driftwood and Built the Bulkhead

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Documented the changes happening at the studio


Helped my dad conduct interviews on the beaches of Camano

There were lots of other things I did including (1) researched Air B & B and other options and provided dad and mom a proposal to rent out the Studio apartment, (2) researches publishers for the Beaches of Camano book, (3)

The Internship included plenty of outdoor fun:

We hiked in with young adults from Redeemer Redmond in Snoqualmie


Took a boat trip with Julian and my cousin Joshua around Camano Island

We built a raft and then burnt it to celebrate the 4th of July

We Visited and hiked Grandpa Jack’s property in Leavenworth


We camped out for more than a month on Camano


And hiked around the south end of the Island.


A highlight was celebrating both of my grandparents 50th wedding anniversaries

I learned more about who I am as a person, and who God has called me to be. I enjoyed my time worshiping, serving and getting to know the people at Redeemer Redmond. Athleticism abounded as well, and playing soccer and ultimate Frisbee were great ways to spend Sunday afternoons.

All in all, the way I would describe the summer is not as an intern, but as a son, brother, and grandson of my family around me.

The phrase that captures this summer perfectly is “It’s so wonderful to have you as my neighbor!” [quote from Grandma Ann]


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