Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

We hope these guys don't show up at your door tonight looking for treats ...

The image is from this publication by The Union Pacific Railroad ... not sure but probably 1920s - early '30s ...

Happy Halloween ... Thanks for stopping by John's Island.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Orange Delight - Sunset Oct 29 2014

Sunset colors covered so much of the sky last night that we thought the best way to show you the scene would be a short video ... just 20 seconds or so ...

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hurricane Ana's Remnants

Several days ago the Inland Northwest Weather Blog posted some interesting information explaining how the remnants of Hurricane Ana (just missed Hawaii) would end up here, in the Pacific Northwest.

Late Tuesday, just before sunset, the storm clouds were coming in as we snapped this photo ...

Those of you who follow Seattle's weather know that rain here is rare. (Just kidding, of course.) But this is truly rare to see a hurricane's remnants circle back to the east. Just another new aspect of "Global Warming"?

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Greatest Season?

John's favorite season is Fall. Yes, there is a lot to be said for the other seasons, but there is a special glory about Fall. The trees in this photo seem to express the glory.

"Happiness is a journey, not a destination."

-- Albert D'Sousa

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

PS Thank you for the GREAT comments on yesterday's post ... No, I'm not going to be out there either! Ha ha!!!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Off The Grid

No, we're not going off the grid. But recently we were in the great state of Montana [aka The Treasure State] and saw a place that IS off the grid. We had to stop and take a photo ... take a look ...

Yes, that spec in the center is someone's home. No power lines to this place. Closer look at the home below ...

As it happens we know the folks who live here and have actually been in the home. It's a wonderful, cozy place. There are absolutely no worries about a neighbor turning up their stereo too loud! We think this is a pretty neat idea but just not sure we are ready for this degree of isolation. In the top photo you can see an irrigation channel running across the foreground but what's harder to make out is the Madison River running right across the center. For a fly-fishing enthusiast this is paradise.

Running across the first photo above you will see a fence line. We suspect it's probably along the property line of a ranch where cattle are grazed during parts of the year.

So, we wonder ... How about you? Would you consider/enjoy living Off The Grid?

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Deep Blue Sunset

Somehow Monday's rather unusual sunset conveyed our mood for this past week.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Since we consider our blog here as somewhat of a virtual journal and/or diary we will mention that recent weeks have seen health care systems rocked by the Ebola virus as it spread from Africa to the USA. The past week saw more senseless death in Ottawa and in yet another, nearby, school shooting in Marysville.

Leaving this week behind, let's consider the photo:  as one sunset is dimmed by storm clouds there is still hope with the next dawn.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

America's Most Beautiful Water Trip

No, John didn't make up the title for today's post ... it is the opinion of the Washington State Ferries as expressed in a little brochure dated 1959 that we are showing you parts of today.

Cruise the "scenic circuit" ... that would be a circle trip around the waters of the Pacific Northwest, USA and Canada.

The cover art on this little brochure just seems to be done so much better than a lot of today's advertising ...

There is a "Welcome" from the Governor, at the time, Albert Roselinni.  [He was the 15th Governor of Washington State and served from 1957 to 1965.  He passed away about 3 years ago, in October, 2011.] There is also some "Visitor Information" ... some of it still applies today, but don't count on those addresses or phone numbers.  Note that "dark glasses and suntan lotion" are "necessities."

Overall map of the area, remember ... this is 1959 style ...

Six things not to miss ...

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