We spent our Thanksgiving in a remote cabin north of Tahuya, facing Hood Canal. Last night we stayed up late to catch the low tide, which turned out to be very low, with the beach and the mountains beyond lit brightly by a moon at perigee. You would not believe the zillions of starfish we saw -- one every square foot at least -- most of them feasting on oysters. Very nice place, and less than two hours from Seattle. Of course, maybe it was the perfect weather that made it so pleasant, but it was good to be away from civilization for a while.