Garrison Bay, San Juan Island…The Pictured Reprise

No. The picture has not been photo-shopped. Yes. It was smokey. There we are…way out in the Islands, far from the mainland and it was… well… getting worse. The wind gods decided that it was not enough to strangle the windpipes of those close to the California, Oregon, and now Washington fires.

They wanted all to know that they were in charge, continue to be in charge and will send smoke to anyone who doubts that little factoid. Their messaging was crystal clear. We are in charge here… always have been.

Normally… the skies are blue… the water is blue.. The deer and the antelope play usually, but now seem to be in hiding. And… there are no buffalo playing on the beach like at Catalina… but, yes, it was quite beyond the pale… The eagles and crows were in full flumox. We kept our windows closed…

As is commonly stated under such circumstances: “Whatev…”

OK already… last snap. Etherial trees. The air was impure. All parks and beaches in the Puget Sound area were closed due to the unhealthy air.

First Covid-19 with all its social distancing issues, then the wildfires. Next, will we see locusts?

Perhaps another pig war, something San Juan Island is famous for…

The URL below leads to the history of the fateful day that a San Juan Island American farmer Lyman Cutlar, invoking his second amendment rights by Dog!, shot and killed a British company pig rooting in his garden. Woe be it unto any pig to perform such a dastardly deed… The Brits were not impressed: https://www.nps.gov/sajh/learn/historyculture/the-pig-war.htm

So there we have it. The smoke stayed all the time we were in Garrison Bay. We did finally get the dink down and putted over to British Camp to explore and ponder life at place where it all started. We also took a nice 2.5 mile hike in the surrounding woods. Other than all that, Garrison Bay is a quiet, sheltered bay worth visiting…

A lookout / gunnery station designed to be able to see anyone coming from all sides and shoot at them if necessary… a design borrowed from the Americans at American Camp…
Huge Mosquito?? Nope, just a crane fly…
An amazing old oak and its human admirer…

Nurse Log
Methuselah’s Beard Lichen

Blue Green algae on a forest pond between Garrison Bay and Walcott Bay

Bat Houses near English Camp

Our smoke free zone…

3 thoughts on “Garrison Bay, San Juan Island…The Pictured Reprise

  1. No pictures came with this post…meh!

    On Sat, Sep 12, 2020, 5:58 PM Northwest Boating Travels With Blair, Les, and Kai wrote:

    > frabl posted: ” No. The picture has not been photo-shopped. Yes. It is > smokey. Here we are…way out in the Islands, far from the mainland and it > is… well… getting worse. The wind gods have decided that it is not enough > to strangle the windpipes of those close to the Cal” >

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