Monday, April 29, 2019

Elkhorn Johnny

The unofficial mayor of Elkhorn Montana...
The mayor is in session...
While meandering the dusty streets of the ghost town of Elkhorn Montana we had the pleasure to meet Elkhorn Johnny as he referred to himself, the unofficial 'mayor'.

Originally living the surfer lifestyle in southern California, he moved back to a long-held family property in Elkhorn following the 911 attacks. He has lived there ever since eking out a living selling curios,crafts, rocks and collected herbs.

The mayor's residence...
Living life off the grid in Montana...



Friday, April 26, 2019

She's sees sea stacks by the seashore

A sea stack near Botanical Beach on Vancouver Island...
A small forest grows out of a sea stack near Botanical Beach...
She would see this particular sea stack near Port Renfrew, BC...

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Elkhorn

Elkhorn's original saloon and dance hall...
The original saloon of Elkhorn...
Elkhorn Montana is a ghost town located about forty minutes off the nearest major roadway. At one time it was home to 2500 people when it was the centre of the local silver mines.

It's unusual for the fact that alongside the decrepit and decaying 150-year-old buildings is a smattering of modern ranch homes and trailers that are home to a handful of inhabitants.

It must be an odd experience to walk down the dusty streets among the ruins of the past from two centuries ago...

Living with the ghosts of the past...

Monday, April 22, 2019

Wasting Away

A wreck bakes in the Montana sun...
A relic from decades ago slowly succumbs to the Montana elements...
A weathered rusted car on a Montana backroad...

Friday, April 19, 2019

Make time for the big rocks first...

A cairn of beach rocks on a Vancouver Island beach...
Have u got the stones to fully live your life?
Motivational speaker Stephen Covey is often credited with the parable of The Big Rocks... the idea that the key to productivity and success is dealing with your 'big rocks' first.

I came across the cairn above while hiking a Vancouver Island west coast beach. It's a perfect metaphor for the same concept. To find balance in your life, you need to start with the big rocks first. 

The small rocks should come after that. Take care not to pile on so many small rocks though that the whole thing comes tumbling down.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Jellyfish

Jellyfish exude serenity at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea...
Ethereal...
Aside from being relaxing to watch, jellyfish are plain weird.

They don't have a brain.

They don't have a heart.

No brains and no heart... somewhere in there is a political joke, but far be it from me to take the easy out.

Drifting with the currents...
A jellyfish drifts wherever the tide takes it...

Monday, April 15, 2019

The Washoe Theatre: Part 2

The main hall of the Washoe Theatre...
Interior details of the Washoe Theatre...
The interior details of the Washoe Theater in Anaconda, Montana are beautiful to behold. You won't see lush artwork and finely crafted details like this in today's antiseptic cineplexes.

According to Wikipedia:

The interior design and furnishings were done by Hollywood theater designer Nat Smythe. The exterior doors are etched glass. Each joint and trim work is carved in complicated relief patterns with much use of ornamental ironwork.
Use of copper is especially prevalent, as Anaconda was a company town for the Anaconda Copper Mining Company. Silver and gold leaf supplement the accent work.
Carved rams heads line the walls. Every flat surface, including the domed ceiling, is a painted mural done by Colville Smythe.
The silk curtain is a piece of art in itself, though seldom seen. Its age presents a problem for curators who are afraid that taking it down, even to try and restore it, would cause it to fall apart. It has a painting of deer stags.

Beautiful murals on the walls of the Washoe Theatre...
Lush murals adorn the walls...

Friday, April 12, 2019

The Washoe Theatre

Anaconda, Montana's Washoe Theatre...
The Washoe Theatre... since 1936...

During our road trip last year, we made a special side trip to visit the small bucolic town of Anaconda, Montana.

There you will find the Washoe Theatre. It was built during the Great Depression, the last theatre to be built in the style of Nuevo Deco, a form of Art Deco

The Smithsonian rates the Washoe as a national treasure due to the lavish interior which we'll see in the next post.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Not all who paint are talented...

Graffiti in Jordan River...
Practical wisdom and ???
This graffiti can be found on the walls of an abandoned house near Jordan River on Vancouver Island.

On the left it reads:
"Not all who wander are lost. Most are though."

They're not wrong.

I have no clue with the sign on the right means. I recognize the letter 'a' and that's all. Is there a point to tagging a landmark if no one can actually decipher your tag?

Monday, April 8, 2019

Beach Jenga

A tower of driftwood...
Sea serpent... or ???
A cairn of driftwood sits on the beach near Campbell River on Vancouver Island.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Out of time

Site of an ancient tragedy...

In a valley beside a road on Salt Spring Island, my wife and I came across this car wreck several years ago.

At first I was puzzled by the fact that it was surrounded by a forest of mature trees. There was no way that a car could have slid off the road and down the hill to this point.

Then we saw the front fenders on the car, giving a hint as to how old this car really was. So old that it was likely on of the first cars ever on Salt Spring Island. Over the decades that it has rested here, an entire forest has filled in around it.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Develop a nostalgia for the future...


The secret to long life according to a long-lived acquaintance...

Monday, April 1, 2019

Very pun-ny!

My wife takes a rest at the Calgary Zoo...
A big chair for the lady...
After walking around the Calgary Zoo for hours last summer my wife stopped to sit for awhile.

She was a little tired.