Greetings from Seattle, Washington, USA

Saturday, February 18, 2017

YNP / Gratitude / Ships / Skies

Historic - Scenic Route into Yellowstone - Season 1927

The New Gallatin Gateway
into Yellowstone Park
Published for Season 1927
Chicago Milwaukee and St Paul Railway

Interior Pages showing Regional Map

Back Cover

Enlargement -- What to Wear through the Park
"riding breeches and puttees"?
We just added the brochure above to our collection having found it, for a very reasonable price, on eBay. This travel publication was published to advertise one of five ways to enter the Park in 1927 when the primary mode for most tourists to get there was via train. Travelers from around the country could arrive at the Gallatin Gateway Inn, near Bozeman, Montana, and then take a motor coach into the Park to see all the "wonders" of Yellowstone.

We were so grateful to find the brochure and our GRATITUDE provides a segway into our postcard section below.

Postcards for the Weekend #25

The theme this week for Postcards for the Weekend is "Gratitude." We're linking up and wish to thank Maria for hosting the meme. A search through our postcard collection came up two cards below. In the first card a young man has just been rescued at the beach by a young lady lifeguard. He has so much GRATITUDE for being saved that he asks her, "Will you save my life again tomorrow at the same time?" What do you think about that?

Rescue at the beach.
A postcard expressing Gratitude. :-)

Back of the Unused Card

Happy Old Folks showing their Gratitude
for their Old Age Pensions
on Old Age Pension Day!

Back of the Unused Card


A couple of recent ship spottings to share. First of all, APL Antwerp container vessel departing Seattle on February 16 under colorful skies.

APL Antwerp Container Vessel
Feb 16th  5:44 PM
"Red sky at night, sailor's delight."

How VesselFinder.com helps identify ships
like the Antwerp.
When curiosity strikes these days the world wide web usually has the answer. APL has an excellent website with a well done write up on company history. It's interesting that APL has evolved from a company, American President Lines, once owned and named by the US Government.

Screen shot from APL Website
About Us > History

CMA CGM  Dalila arriving Seattle
Feb 14th  2:47 PM
Plenty of freight aboard this ship!

First spotting of tug Montana
To appreciate the SCALE, note the two people on the rear deck.
Feb 17th  10:12 AM
The tug appeared to be in a "testing" routine near Pier 91.


Although Seattle is on track to set a new rainfall record for the month of February, we've still had several interesting sunsets and other sky conditions.

Feb 13th 5:23 PM
Looking Southwest over Puget Sound
to the foothills of the Oympics

Feb 12th  5:46 PM
After a mostly clear sky afternoon.

Early morning look across at Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge, Island
Elliott Bay Marina at bottom.
Fog across the way will burn off later in the morning.
Feb 12th  8:09 AM

Screen shot of an App called Living Earth
Note the stream of clouds from near the Equator
pointing, almost like an arrow, up to the Pacific Northwest.
This is called the "Pineapple Express" and gives
us large amounts of rain.
Feb 16th  8:31 AM

Feb 17th  5:45 PM
Sunset over the Olympic Mountains

Looking at them, looking at us.
Water front homes on Bainbridge Island reflect
the rising sun in the east.
Feb 17th  7:33 AM

Closing Thought ...
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
      Marcus Tullius Cicero


  1. If we had to ride in vehicles as in the early days we'd think we were hard done by. For the oldies , that's all they had and they thought it was wonderful. As always great sky photos.

  2. Hi John, those postcards are hilarious! I have a headache at the moment and those couple of cards cheered me up! Have a good week ahead!

  3. Great find that John, makes me think you have a museum

  4. Old age pension is an unusual theme but they all look to be having fun. I wonder if this was published at the time it was first introduced. A stunning sky behind the APL container vessel.

  5. I love the two gratitude cards! I think I like the Old Age one best, but they are both fun.

    Thank you for posting them!

  6. I love the Old Age Pension Day card... Makes me think that perhaps I don't appreciate my early retirement enough... :)

  7. The Old Age Pension card is simply too good to be true. You've got quite a collection, John. I really enjoy all your posts, filled to the brim with eye candy. And gratitude. :-)

  8. The rescue postcard did give me a good chuckle. The red sky at night is simply stunning! Wow, what a view!

  9. Gotta love the dress code! I know what knickers are, if they mean short Benjamin Franklin pants, but what is a puttee? And serviceable gloves? I suppose that means work gloves, not the white silk kind that you slap your nemesis with to instigate a duel.

  10. I like the closing thought.We really do have so much to be grateful for.The sky shots are amazing and always enjoy seeing the ships.Fun postcards as well.Thanks for all the kind comments you leave on my blog.Have a great week.

  11. Hello John! So many great cards & photos to admire in this post! I had to chuckle at the old age pension postcard!
    We have had less rain than usual & fewer spectacular sunsets unlike those wonderful skies you have witnessed!
    Hope you have a great week!

  12. Old Age Pension Day. Something British, I imagine? I love those sunset shots. The one time I every visited Seattle, it was in February. I was amazed at all the beautiful primroses and flowing cabbages/kales. This was in 1979 and they were not yet common (the flowering brassicas, that is) where I was living, in Kansas. We do have so much to be grateful for. And, I also wanted to (belatedly) thank you for all your recent visits to your blog. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

  13. Love the happy old folks : ) and beautiful sky pictures.

  14. Your skies are stunning once again!

  15. The Gallatin Gateway, the River, Canyon and the Milwaukee where two of my Dad brothers "railroaded" all tug my heart. Of course,me and my two sons camped and fished the river many times though the busy highway traffic to West Yellowstone destroyed some of the tranquility...:)

  16. Post cards made me smile. Sky and water captured well. Happy sunday John!