Put a Bow on It

Before life drifts too far downstream, I want to take a moment to share a few more photos from our recent boat trip. When I left you, we were hanging out on Bainbridge Island with Fiona Bean and her new owners. From there, we travelled around the south end of the Island and then north …

My Little Friend

Rusty died today, not by accident but by design. One day after his seventeenth birthday the vet came and stopped his heart. He looked at us and said one last “meow”. I guess the shot hurt. God, this is hard. Say what you will about pets vs. people, losing anything that you love is wrenching. …

A Visit with an Old Friend

After leaving Bell Harbor, we dropped anchor for lunch on Blake Island, a State Marine Park not far offshore. Our friends Patty and Douglas came along for the ride and – bonus – brought a terrific lunch. After lunch, we cruised north to Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island. Douglas and Patty caught the ferry back …

A Change of Perspective

“Hey”, Mike said as his friend Chip walked into the bar. “How’s it hangin’?” “I wouldn’t know”, Chip sighed. “It hasn’t gotten much action lately.” Bob thought that Chip looked kind of down. Not like his usual self. “What are you talkin’ about, pal? Judy’s hot.” “I guess we’ve just gotten a little tired of …

The Well-known Unknown

Find a map and stick a pin in it where you find Anacortes, Washington. Now, imagine that you are floating on a boat nearby. You can turn north and explore the San Juan and Gulf Islands, poke your nose into dozens of interesting ports along the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, and eventually find yourself …

Johnny Freedum

Johnny Freedum was in a good mood. He’d just heard a guy on Fox say that the Constitution – the Constitution of the United States of America! – guaranteed that he did not have to stay home just because some damned Governor said so. “God, I love this country!”, Johnny thought to himself as he …

Not Dead Yet

We walked down the street this morning to have a look at the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or as locals call it The CHAZ. More on this in a moment. What is a Domestic Terrorist? There’s no hard and fast definition, so let me give you my answer. A Domestic Terrorist is someone who, through …

The Girl Next Door

A popular movie theme in a certain era was “The Girl Next Door”. Think of “Judy” who grew up next to “Chip” (called Chipper, to his embarrassment, by Mom and Dad. “Aw, Mom!”). Judy was pretty, but not glamorous, and a little younger than Chip. It was obvious to the audience that Judy was a …

Watching the Walkers

After leaving Stuart Island, we paid an overnight visit to Garrison Bay at the northern end of San Juan Island. Much of the land surrounding the bay is private, so no shore access. But on one side is San Juan Island National Historic Park. We like to go ashore at English Camp and walk to …

Stuart Island

Faithful readers will remember Stuart Island from previous journeys of P.V. Impromptu. The Island has a few year-round residents, more in years past, but is now mostly a spot for second homes. There are two harbors on Stuart Island: Prevost Harbor on the north side, and Reid Harbor on the south. Both have a dock, …