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. β€œGod, 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, …

Jones Island

Another week of projected good weather inspired more self-isolation on the high seas. Once again the challenge was to plan in itinerary that included only uninhabited (or very sparsely inhabited) places. We began our journey with a two-and-a-half hour cruise to little Jones Island. Jones, which lies just off the western coast of Orcas Island, …

Curses!

After unleashing I ❀️ Small Museums on the world, I realized that there is one more small museum that I just have to show you. The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic – Boscastle, England https://museumofwitchcraftandmagic.co.uk We hired a car in Bristol intending to spend a month meandering down the north coast of Devon and Cornwall …

Not a Museum

Maryborough, Queensland, Australia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryborough,_Queensland We hired a car (Can’t say “rented”. This is Australia, mate!) in Sydney intending to make our way north to Gladstone on the Queensland coast. After several fun-filled days in Brisbane, we were looking for a place to stop before we were due to arrive in Gladstone. Maryborough seemed like a …