Why was there so much silence around here for the last week? Because I was on vacation! I went to Seattle, and took a three-day trip out to the San Juan Islands. Until I catch up a bit, here’s a little teaser: a view of Mount Baker, from the ferry station in Anacortes.

mount baker, from the ferry station in anacortes, wa

Other highlights of the trip: seeing the last Seattle Mariners home game this season, sticking my head into Elliott Bay Bookstore, spending an entire evening playing with one of the cutest two-and-a-half year olds ever, and getting to hang out with my brother and sister for an entire week. Oh, and one other: finding two issues of McSweeney’s quarterly journal in a random newsstand in Fremont — cooooool.


The San Juans are beautiful. I was once convinced to fly San Juan Airlines with friends. Yes, San Juan Airlines. A twin engine prop with a hotshot pilot who decided it would be fun to turn off the engines before landing. After swerving back and forth a few times, he made the good decision to turn them back on before we touched down. We took the ferry home.

• Posted by: Jeff on Sep 28, 2002, 9:05 AM

Heh — we stayed in Eastsound on Orcas Island, with our room looking straight out onto the East Sound, with all the planes coming in low to land headed straight for us. It was neat, and luckily, we didn’t see anyone putzing around with the controls.

• Posted by: Jason on Sep 28, 2002, 2:32 PM

Jason, Elliot Bay Bkstore has -nothing- on Powell’s. Visit Portland. ;)

• Posted by: Karl on Sep 30, 2002, 10:00 AM
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