trip to Washington.
In August of 2005,
I had an urge to go to Washington.
I had been hearing about Dean Schwartzmiller on America’s
Most Wanted. I was thinking about the twins, mostly, and I wanted to see them
It was only by
co-incidence that my ex-wife’s fortieth High School Re-union had taken
place, the weekend before I arrived.
I have many
memories from Washington,
and I wanted to contact as many old friends as possible.
I loaded up my dog,
Scooper, and we took off for Washington.
It is a long drive, and I stopped at my cousin, Wayne Matthews’, to rest,
and spend the night. I did take some photographs while I was there. I will show
My favorite place
to clear my head and think, is Camano
Island, where I have
spent several vacations, and fished many times. I always go there, first.
First stop, Camano Island.
having dinner at Hub’s.
The organ, and a pair of speakers.
We had a nice barbecue, and Squeak came and joined us.
couple of keyboards and an amplifier. When Hub played this for me, it brought back a lot of
Brent Schwartzmiller, AKA Squeek, was
an awesome saxophone player. He now suffers from Epstein-Barr syndrome, and
says he has difficulty playing his horns. He lives with his son, Jay.
twins. Brad and Brent. I felt some tension between them. Never did
figure out what that was.
little man, Todd.
One month old.
Todds grandmother came to visit us
at Almar Apts. When Todd was born.
Sittin’ on the couch at Almar Apts.
little man growing up.
first real job.
Stacking lumber for the dry kiln.
parents owned Almar Apartments, and lived here.
Almar Apartments. My friend Dave Cash’s
parents owned this, and I lived here when Todd was born.
turnoff into Everett.
I made this drive at a hundred miles an hour, when my kids were born.
They repossessed my blue ’68 Mustang when I was in Iran.
Gilpin and his music studio.
“Spudnut”, hangout for the high school
Tim Stobb, big brother to Debbie, Dick’s new girlfriend.
down at the bridge that crosses the Snohomish River. Across the river is the
airport where I learned how to fly.
The red car is
westbound on highway two. The truck is going up the hill the high school is on.
Downhill is First Street.
Tom wrote this on a cigarette carton so I could get in touch with Dick Foss.
I stopped by to see Tom. While I was talking to him, Ted Ream had just filled
his tank, and was leaving town. He had been in town for his father’s
funeral. Talk about coincidences!
leftovers from Pam’ fortieth reunion. I never
the folks in the middle, before.
Foss and new wife Jan.
Christopherson, and Debbie Stobb,
Tom Baker, owner of
the Quick Stop.
The streets of
First Street Snohomish, right on the
river. The river is behind me, and to the left.
First Street, Snohomish.
This is a composite
of the first farm you see, coming off of Westwick Road,
onto Highway 2, into Snohomish. It looks exactly the same as it did forty years
Chinese people own
this store now. They didn’t understand enough English for me to explain
why I came back to this store.
I think that this
was Charlie Walster’s place. He gave me 500
pounds of National Geographic, which I carried around for over forty years. I
finally got rid of them in 2011.
Storm Lake turnoff
from Spada Road.
back of the house.
That is a pond, just the other side of the well pumphouse.
North end Spada Road.
The barn, and the closest neighbor. A small creek runs between
the two places. I have taken spawning salmon from that creek.
through the trees at the house. A silver maple used to stand here. It was cut down in the
early sixties, and I took a piece to woodshop at school, and made a large
wooden bowl, which I still have, today.
I also made this game board/drawer in wood shop.
Looking across what
used to be five acres of raspberries. This ranch was 15 acres. There was an
upper field of ten acres, which was turned into pasture.
Vannoy’s Nursery. Pam babysat for these people
in the 50s and 60s.
horse ranch, next to Pam’s old house.
was back in here, somewhere. It’s changed so much, and my memory has
French Creek Grange
substation at Three Lakes Hill Road.
Three Lakes Hill Road
I worked here several years.
of Ballard, the birthplace of Pam.
and entering Seattle
lot next to Space Needle.
Seattle on the
You can see the Seattle Superdome roof, just to the right of that S.U.V.
driveway to Wayne’s house. To the left is the shop. Ahead is the barn full of
Cousin Wayne and
This was to remind
me that all of these photos were taken on a disposable camera.
Tools to work on
back out the shop door.
back at Wayne’s toys from the shop.
Wayne with granddaughter
Wayne in Yuma, 1956
down on a fogbank covering the coast on 101 in Oregon.
The Redwood Forest
Welcome to the
turnout on Highway 101.
When I get a little farther south, I’ll turn west, and head for Shelter
Cove. There were properties there that I was interested in.
and taxiway at Shelter Cove Airport.
Shelter Cove Airport
Light House at Shelter Cove Airport.
view of Clear Lake through the trees at the turnout.
beautiful sunset, just coming out of the foothills east of Clear Lake.