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 ·  Seattle Mercedes-Benz Club Concours at Discovery Park, fall 1975 · 

 ·  Blanchard Wood Boat Repair, Seattle Washington June 1977 · 

 ·  Climbing Mount Olympus, Washington September 1975 · 

 ·  Aurora Bridge Scenes, Seattle Washington June 1977 · 

 ·  United States Bicentennial Celebration, Granite Falls July 1976 · 

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Seattle Mercedes-Benz Club Concours at Discovery Park, fall 1975

Background (such as I recall it): I have no clue. The slide box says "M.B. Club Concours Fall '75" so I'm translating that (somewhat) into "Seattle Mercedes-Benz Club Concours". From the background in some of the shots I'd say Discovery Park, out on Magnolia, is a pretty good guess. Also, at the time I was living with some friends (Bill and Donna) over on Queen Anne, so... yeah. That's my story, and forty years later I'm sticking to it. Ektachrome slides.

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Seattle Mercedes-Benz Club Concours at Discovery Park, fall 1975


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Blanchard Wood Boat Repair, Seattle Washington June 1977

Background (such as I recall it): I was one of a group of partners who bought a Blanchard Senior in early 1977. It was orginally moored alongside a houseboat on Lake Union. By June we all agreed that we had to have her hauled-out so we could do some "basic maintenance". hahaha. "Basic Maintenance". It was a wood boat. We ended up replacing a lot of the deck and reworking the beams around the mast. Repainted the hull, didn't like the color we first chose, and repainted the hull a second time. Stripped and varnished the cabin exterior. Did some repair work at the fore end of the keel and painted the bottom.

This sloop was Gunter-gaff rigged. The mast is somewhat shorter than it might be otherwise, and the gaff significantly longer. The gaff is pulled up much more closely to the mast than in most gaff rigs, sometimes almost vertically. This gives as much sail area as a conventional gaff rig but with a shorter mast height. Local benefit: we could clear even the Fremont Bridge without having to have it opened!

FUN FACT: the hull was strip-planked. Rather than the hull being planked conventionally with wide-ish wood planks that were then caulked, the hull was made up of myriad square cedar strips about 7/8" square, each nailed onto every rib. And no caulking. None. When the boat was lowered back into the water the hull immediately flooded because the strips had shrank. You could literally see sunlight and down to the bottom through the hull when it was first lowered into the water. The boat sat hanging in the slings overnight, and by the next day the strips had swollen-shut enough to render the hull (reasonably) water-tight, and it could be pumped out. Soon after we got new moorage: down at Rainier Beach on Lake Washington. Ektachrome slides.

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Blanchard Wood Boat Repair, Seattle Washington June 1977


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Climbing Mount Olympus, Washington September 1975

Background (such as I recall it): OK, full disclosure: we didn't actually *summit* Mount Olympus itself. The bottom-middle picture shows what we had left, or how close we got, your call. A two-night, three-day hike, starting down on the Hoh River. With buddies Bill and Paul. Glacier Meadows, Blue Glacier, East Peak, Middle Peak. We used crampons, ice axes and ropes out on the Blue Glacier, but forty years later I don't recall it as being that big a deal. And there's one inexplicable photo of my dog Sisu lying on a snow field. I can't imagine I took him with me, but he was Sisu (the smartest, most ... competent dog I've ever known) and I was me, so maybe I did. Ektachrome slides.

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Middle Peak.

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The view from our personal summit on Middle Peak. Mount Olympus is across that saddle. The vertical trails are the footprints of those who've made the final approach. At least to the crux move, which is on rock. I think...

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Climbing Mount Olympus, Washington September 1975


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Aurora Bridge Scenes, Seattle Washington June 1977

Background (such as I recall it): these were shot at the same time as my buddies and I were doing major repairs on a Blanchard Senior we'd bought, in a boat yard out west along the Ship Canal toward the Ballard Bridge. Shot during a short stroll across the Aurora Bridge. Check out the Twin Teepees. Ektachrome slides.

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Yes. The Twin Teepees

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Aurora Bridge Scenes, Seattle Washington June 1977


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Washington: United States Bicentennial Celebration, Granite Falls Washington 1976

Background (such as I recall it): these were shot at Tom Miller's place in Granite Falls on July 4th (or so...) 1976. I knew Tom through the Seward Park Art Studio, where Tom worked in stained glass. Ektachrome slides.

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Washington: United States Bicentennial Celebration, Granite Falls Washington 1976


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