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I have been here since last Saturday

helping my friends who live here full time

by doing some electrical work on their home.

 

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This is my third time visiting for a few days.

 

I am being well fed ….

 

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Jim

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Trulyvintage, we have a little 89 year old lady friend that lives here now that sold her house and another one there. She had been there 70 years, and one of her sons still lives there I think. She even had a fishing business there and said she was the 1st pregnant person to be flown off the island for an emergency delivery, ha !  Funny little lady and totally full of stories !

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1 hour ago, Michael J. Barnes said:

I am just northwest of you on Mayne Island. At the other end of the island, it may be possible to view Orcas.


Come over Saturday for the Potluck ….

 

I guess legally you may not be able to.

 

 

Jim

 

 

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My friends live in a house the locals call

“ The Castle “ which overlooks the ocean.

 

Grant designed - engineered - built the

five story ( including the turret ) residence

which has a fully finished living space

in the grade level basement.

 

25 plus years in the making - still not 

finished - over 8000 square feet.

 

I took this image a couple evenings ago:

 

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Jim

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3 hours ago, Trulyvintage said:


Come over Saturday for the Potluck ….

 

I guess legally you may not be able to.

 

 

Jim

 

 

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Thanks for the invite. But my boat is very broken — the topic of occasional posts. Also, my wife and I are babysitting our grandson. But you have a good idea for down the road, or for downstream. Car folks meeting by boat, over water.

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Looks like a nice place but I could never live on an island. Seems too isolated. Not that I travel more than about a 150 mi radius normally but I like to know I can 'get out' if need be. Heck, I even felt isolated on our trip to Hawaii!

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We are leaving later this morning for an 8 minute flight over to Bellingham, WA to visit Home Depot & Costco.

 

Having a small private aircraft helps.

 

It doesn’t feel isolated to me here.

I could live here full time.

My friends here have lived here year round for over 25 years so they have a network of good folks.

 

 

Jim

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1 hour ago, Trulyvintage said:

We are leaving later this morning for an 8 minute flight over to Bellingham, WA to visit Home Depot & Costco.

 

Having a small private aircraft helps.

 

It doesn’t feel isolated to me here.

I could live here full time.

My friends here have lived here year round for over 25 years so they have a network of good folks.

 

 

Jim

An island is a place where it can go either way,depending on their acceptance of you. My brother was hired as a store manager up there and was fully embraced by the community even became President of the country club.

Being an old car guy would probably help break the ice with locals too.

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Potluck was great last night !

Met Jim with his 1959 Bug Eyed Sprite 

At 79 he had had quite an adventurous life

Taking him up on his generous off to

visit his place this afternoon

 

Jim

 

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Jim, Are you in the Pacific Northwest with your rig, or just on vacation?  I am considering a car in Oregon that I would need transported to North Carolina.

Andrew

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2 minutes ago, Akstraw said:

Jim, Are you in the Pacific Northwest with your rig, or just on vacation?  I am considering a car in Oregon that I would need transported to North Carolina.

Andrew


Hi Andrew

 

I am a retired master electrician - electrical contractor so I am helping my friend here do electrical work on his home.

 

I am up here with my truck & trailer.

 I am available to transport out of the area.

 

You are welcome to call or text me.

 

 

Jim

260-804-6695

 

 

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Starting my second week on the island.

Visited with a couple long time full time

car guys at their homes for most of the day.

 

Jim’s Model A “ Head Light “

 

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Jim

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Starting Week Three … 😎

                               
As the sun dips into President’s Channel      
Fresh stuffed portobello mushrooms      
Fresh Caesar Salad 🥗 featuring 

🏝 greens - cucumber - tomato                           
New York Strip

 

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Jim

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One of my friend’s many vehicles …

 

1973 Dodge W100 4WD Power Wagon  
One family owned from Eastern WA  
Came to the 🏝 in 2003 w/ 23k miles
Currently at 78K - all 🏝miles

 

Jim

 

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On 7/16/2021 at 8:48 AM, TAKerry said:

Looks like a nice place but I could never live on an island. Seems too isolated. Not that I travel more than about a 150 mi radius normally but I like to know I can 'get out' if need be. Heck, I even felt isolated on our trip to Hawaii!

 

Orcas Island is quite well served by Washington State Ferry's. At least 4 or 5 sailings a day, and it is not very far off shore at all.  Also connections to Canada in non covid conditions. The life style is a bit laid back compared to the city , but suits many . Good climate, great scenery. but not a lot of employment on any of the Gulf Islands, Canadian or U.S.  so  reasonably well off retirees are a good percentage of the population.

 I live quite near but on the Canadian side of the mainland. These islands were for decades a somewhat affordable summer get away for many in the Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria area . Not sure about the U.S. situation , but property's on the Canadian side are very expensive these days.

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If we had not bought on Mayne Island five years ago, we would be unable to do so now. Almost no houses for sale and prices up 40%. Covid caused this great shift in people’s perspectives: they retired or have continued to work remotely. The Gulf Islands were suddenly appreciated for their quiet. Not too far, not too accessible either. But jobs are a funny thing over here. There are always Help Wanted signs up. But the older, settled demographic does not want to work! And young people cannot afford to buy a place and move here.

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I look at Orcas every day. I’m on Pender Island in the Canadian Gulf Islands. 
love the Square body Dodge. I drive one most everyday but with a 12v in it. 
Michael.J . Barnes , sad about the 24 Dodge. I know the family well. There is a fully restored ( in parts ) a 29 Model A in there as well. The same old story , parents have past. Family wants to but has no means. Miss your car show on Mayne. 
TrulyVintage , nice post. 

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I am in Transition

Made my first boat haul yesterday
 

Left Orcas at 12 noon & didn’t return

until 10:30 pm.

 

Close to 3 hours on a ferry and 7 hours

driving from Anacortes down to Issaquah

and back for a total of 200 miles towing.

 

Jim

 

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I ended the week on Friday with the 

transport of my third travel trailer from

Everett to Orcas 🏝

 

I ended up taking the boat and three trailers  on four consecutive ferry round trips that ended up arriving late in the night

 

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Jim

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