Day 305: I met Mary Lou as she gazed out to sea searching for turtles that like to body-surf in the breaking waves. Mary Lou moved to Hawaii from Alaska after her divorce in 1974. She decided to stay in Hawaii “because life is easier.” She didn’t need to care for the dogs or support her father’s hunting and trading. Her family sends her beads from Alaska and she loves to make her beadwork and dream catchers. We talk about things we like about Hawaii, and realize we both are mixed-race. Mary Lou is half Inuit and half Athapaskan and never felt accepted, “especially around Whites”. Mary Lou loves the Big Island— Oahu makes her feel “closed in” she said, and I agreed. We both gasp in pleasure when we catch sight of a turtle, dancing in the waves.