Waterville Schoolhouse

Waterville School House

This old school was located just a few miles outside of Waterville, Washington. Several years ago it partially collapsed, leaving the farmer no choice but to bring it down. Luckily, I was able to get a few shots of the structure before it was cleared away.

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Rusty Rider

Rusty Rider

A few years ago, we found an old bike frame in the weeds at the homestead near Pearrygin Lake State Park. I set it up against one of the out buildings for contrast.


alien copay I drew this quite some time ago. Anyone who has spend time in an American hospital might feel the same way. Insurance is fraught with trip lines and “gotchas” (for example, I once called to see if my new eye doc was under my plan. “Yup, you’re good,” was the response. I had my eyes checked, ordered new glasses, and went home. A week later, I got a huge bill. The doctor was covered, but the clinic, and related services, was not).

Anyway, I thought I’d see if anyone else thought this cartoon was funny, or if it was just me…

© Brad Skiff

Fort Casey

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Fort Casey is located along the coast of Whidbey Island. It is one of three forts conceived and built in the late 1800s – early 1900s to protect the entrance to Puget Sound from naval invasion (the others are Fort Worden and Fort Flagler). The invention of the airplane rendered the three forts essentially obsolete almost immediately after their construction.

The above image is part of the ammo hoist system used to bring 300 pound shells from the powder room below. Below is one of the huge guns in its firing position.

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Big gun and the sun

© All images Brad Skiff