illuminate history

Curiosity: forget “Cherchez la femme” (Look for the woman.) “Cherchez l’histoire.” (Look for the story.)

Trip East to the Old West

Life has changed with the commissioning of USS Portland. Our first extended driving trip, Aug, 22 to Sept. 1, since he was tapped as Chair of the Commissioning Committee was … Continue reading

September 13, 2018 · 2 Comments

Back to Beacon Rock

We talked last winter of spending the entire month of July in a leisurely meander up the Columbia River to Lewiston, ID. In the event–as they say–what with family visits … Continue reading

July 21, 2016 · 4 Comments

Summer of Steam and Smoke

“Decide what the theme of your story is.”  This excellent writing advice sometimes applies to life, too. Summer began with an impromptu trip to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, to talk … Continue reading

August 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

There is a tide in the affairs of men…

which reminds one to wake up and smell the coffee. As Gary wrote to his kids that afternoon: “This is sooo embarrassing! The adventure was a little too intense. “We … Continue reading

August 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

shake-down warm-up

Yes, I know I’m mixing my metaphors: last Saturday we took Annikin out for the first little cruise of the season. Our excursion wasn’t anything ambitious: just up the Willamette as far … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

On the Beaches-2

We enjoyed the  luxury of taking our time on the way home. Heading north after a leisurely breakfast, we turned off almost immediately at Trinidad. We drove through the town, … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

River Summer

We entered our first boat show–the St. Helen’s Maritime Festival–July 25 & 26. Since Annikin is a “plastic” boat–the term wooden boat owners use when refering to fiberglass boats–we entered in the … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · 2 Comments