He who goes forth with a fifth on the Fourth, may not come forth on the fifth!

Happy 5th of July from Friday Harbor, WA in the San Juan Islands. We planned to fly over, but since the weather was iffy, we drove over yesterday. It is surprisingly uncrowded here. We enjoyed gorgeous fireworks over the harbor last night and today we wandered through downtown, checking out the bookstores, gift shops and souvenier shops. I’m always amazed at the number of stores carrying and selling souvenier t-shirts. I bought a book. That is all. I know that is dumb since I can go home and buy it wholesale, but the proprietor of a small independent bookshop here was so helpful that I just wanted to add my little sale to his day. I bought a book of poetry, Women in Praise of the Sacred, edited by Jane Hirschfield. Watch for a review in the next few weeks.
We drove up to Roche Harbor where people were enjoying time on the water, eating ice cream and browsing local artist’s kiosks. Discovered over 200 years ago by Captian de Haro, Roche Harbor became the location for a lime kiln to make bricks and cement in the mid-1800’s when John S. McMillin, a Tacoma lawyer discovered the largest lime deposit in the Northwest there. At it’s peak, 800 people lived in this company town. What a great place to spend a lazy July day, looking at the old church, at all the boats in their slips and visiting the historic buildings.
Tomorrow, we’ll drive on to the ferry, head east and spend the afternoon in Ballard at the Wooden Boat Festival and then drive home. The phrase above is my dad’s little reminder to watch out for drinking drivers on Independence Day weekend. Drive carefully, ok?
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  1. I have found a new author that I highly recommend. He is Will James. My wife found a book of short stories by him from 1932. He has become one of my favorite authors. He writes about the cowboy experience in the early 1900’s. His stories are character driven. I am reading his book “Smokey the Cowhorse” and you get the sense that he has had a first hand knowledge of the cowboy life and being around horses. His down to earth writing allows you to get immersed in the story from the first page. Spencer

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