My 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 again.

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 them later.

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.

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Scooper having dinner at Hub’s.

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The organ, and a pair of speakers.

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Hub’s back yard. We had a nice barbecue, and Squeak came and joined us.

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A couple of keyboards and an amplifier. When Hub played this for me, it brought back a lot of memories.

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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.

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The front yard.

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The twins. Brad and Brent. I felt some tension between them. Never did figure out what that was.

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My little man, Todd. One month old.

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Todds grandmother came to visit us at Almar Apts. When Todd was born.

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Sittin’ on the couch at Almar Apts.

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My little man growing up.


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My first real job. Stacking lumber for the dry kiln.

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Dave Cash’s parents owned Almar Apartments, and lived here.

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Almar Apartments. My friend Dave Cash’s parents owned this, and I lived here when Todd was born.

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The turnoff into Everett. I made this drive at a hundred miles an hour, when my kids were born.

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Bickford Motors. They repossessed my blue ’68 Mustang when I was in Iran.

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Barry Bartholomew’s girlfriend.


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Jeff Gilpin and his music studio.

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Snohomish High

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The “Spudnut”, hangout for the high school kids.

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Tim Stobb, big brother to Debbie, Dick’s new girlfriend.

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Looking down at the bridge that crosses the Snohomish River. Across the river is the airport where I learned how to fly.


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The red car is westbound on highway two. The truck is going up the hill the high school is on. Downhill is First Street.

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Tom wrote this on a cigarette carton so I could get in touch with Dick Foss.

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Tom Baker

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Baker’s Mini-mart. 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!

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The leftovers from Pam’ fortieth reunion. I never the folks in the middle, before.

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Dick Foss and new wife Jan.

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Dick Christopherson, and Debbie Stobb, a classmate.

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Tom Baker, owner of the Quick Stop.

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The streets of Snohomish

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The “TRIANGLE Store”

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First Street Snohomish, right on the river. The river is behind me, and to the left.

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First Street, Snohomish.

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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 ago.

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Chinese people own this store now. They didn’t understand enough English for me to explain why I came back to this store.

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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.

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Storm Lake turnoff from Spada Road.

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The driveway


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The back of the house. That is a pond, just the other side of the well pumphouse.


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North end Spada Road.

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The barn, and the closest neighbor. A small creek runs between the two places. I have taken spawning salmon from that creek.

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Looking 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.

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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.

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Bob Vannoy’s Nursery. Pam babysat for these people in the 50s and 60s.

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Near Pam’s old house

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The horse ranch, next to Pam’s old house.

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Pam’s house was back in here, somewhere. It’s changed so much, and my memory has faded.

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French Creek Grange Hall

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Power substation at Three Lakes Hill Road.

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Three Lakes Hill Road

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The cannery. I worked here several years.

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City of Ballard, the birthplace of Pam.

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Leaving Ballard, and entering Seattle

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Space Needle

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Parking lot next to Space Needle.

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Seattle on the water. You can see the Seattle Superdome roof, just to the right of that S.U.V.

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Leaving Seattle.

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The driveway to Wayne’s house. To the left is the shop. Ahead is the barn full of “TOYS”.

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Cousin Wayne and his “TOYS”

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This was to remind me that all of these photos were taken on a disposable camera.

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Tools to work on the “TOYS”

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Nice “TOYS”

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The Shop

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Looking back out the shop door.

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Looking back at Wayne’s toys from the shop.



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Wayne in Yuma, 1956




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Looking down on a fogbank covering the coast on 101 in Oregon.

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Underneath the fogbank.

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The Redwood Forest

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Welcome to the Redwoods

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The Redwood Forest.

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A 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.

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Runway and taxiway at Shelter Cove Airport.

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Shelter Cove Airport

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Light House at Shelter Cove Airport.

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Clear Lake

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A view of Clear Lake through the trees at the turnout.

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Clear Lake

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A beautiful sunset, just coming out of the foothills east of Clear Lake.