Disconnect Log Cars Nearly Complete

I have just about completed the little mountain railroad at the far end of the SP&S Railroad. This represents the United Railway branch of the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railroad. It could use a little more scenery, and the rails are yet to be laid to Keasey on the County Line. Judy and I have driven most of that and photographed the old right-of-way where we could.
Recently my efforts have turned to creating the “Disconnect Log Cars” used by the Oregon American Lumber Co. in Vernonia Oregon to transport the old growth Douglas Fir trees from the Rock Creek Drainage to their log pond in Vernonia, Oregon. Read More »

February 20, 1965: Fifty Years Together:

On June 20, 1964 I kind of kicked off a series of events that have brought Judy and I to this point in our life together. This is our Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary. To celebrate this event I polished up an old song by Hank Snow called “With this Ring I Thee Wed.” It was just the song I needed at the time. I was somewhat nervous and timid, but if I could sing it in a song, I could get my message across. At the time I was working for the Northern Pacific Railroad. To pass the time, I spent many hours hiking and playing my guitar. The main thing on my mind was this enchanting young lady, Judith Starr, who lived in Spokane, Washington. Read More »

Catching Up:

Seems to me like I owe all of you a blog to finish the story about replacing the carpet and tile in the coach. June was a very busy month. We did indeed finish the remodeling project and there will be a gallery of photos on the web site. We then rushed up to L. L. “Stub” Stewart State Park to clean cabins for two weeks in late May. Read More »

Goodbye California, Hello Oregon:

I admit, I have been a little slack on the blogs recently. Not because of a lack of interesting topics, just so busy and yet we get nothing done. I don’t understand. California hasn’t been all that good to us this trip through. Yet we had some delightful times. We visited Lynn and Doug Johnson on our way up 101. Then on our way over the hills into Gilroy we started to develop an unusual vibration; especially when we started pulling hard on the hills. Judy was driving when it started to sink in that something was changing in the sound of the coach. Read More »

Catch Up:

The past ten days have been both exciting and hectic: Exciting in that we are exploring a completely new part of the country: Hectic because a couple things have quit working. Read More »

Playing Trains:

From 1962 to 1966 I worked as a telegrapher on the Northern Pacific Railroad. It started a lifetime interest in railroads. I worked in depots up and down the Northern Pacific line from Thompson Falls Montana to Toppenish Washington. On Tuesday this week I got to play trains on one of the same branch lines that I worked as a telegrapher. This time I got to play with the real trains.

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Another weekend and another mode of transportation. This time we traveled to the fringes of Mt. Rainier National Park and rode the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railway from Mineral Washington. Renee, Neil and Georgia were along to celebrate Neil’s surprise birthday present from Renee. He got to ride in the engine.

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Fish On

We have disconnected from the world for three days at a little National Recreation Area campground on Lake Roosevelt, the lake behind Grand Coulee Dam. The park is right where the Gifford ferry crosses to Inchelium on the Colville Indian Reservation. There is no cell phone, no internet, no wi-fi, no Wal-Mart and no electrical hook up. The park is set in a lovely Pine forest right at the water’s edge.

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I know, I am falling down on my blogging this spring. We have been sitting stationary for a month now and I just don’t get much chance to get into trouble and therefore have something to write about.

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My hat doesn’t fit at all well. My head is so puffed up from the adulations. I have heard back from over half of you and I have been enthusiastically received by my reading audience. I will continue these episodes into 2008.

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