15 years building a boat in the woods on Orcas Island 6 miles from a launching facility.The Old Man, the Mountain and the Sea
Naturalist Has Big Plan for Sailboat
By Blaine Harden
Washington Post Staff Writer
ORCAS ISLAND, Wash. -- At 85, App Applegate keeps pushing the limits of living off the grid.
Out here in Puget Sound, on the upper west side of the American dream, he lives in a shack without running water, listens to National Public Radio on a hand-crank radio and avoids outhouses as ecologically incorrect. He prefers a shovel and an open …