“Be Enchanted”

Vacations BannerPreviously: Over one mile of antiques and collectibles, located along 6th Avenue between Georgia and Western—await the visitor to Historic Route 66 in Amarillo. The neighborhood was one of the city’s first residential and business districts. Featuring buildings that once housed theaters, cafes and drug stores—the historic places now contain antique, craft and specialty shops, music venues and unique dining experiences.

They spent the night in Amarillo and got a lot of tourist gifts for everyone back in Danger Bay.

The next morning they headed for New Mexico.  Continue reading

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Chris & Wyatt’s vacation continues

Vacations bannerPreviously: They lingered for a while on the Capitol grounds—before… “Okay, let’s go to the Capitol Market Wine & Cheese Shop—and then head for the camp.”

“See?” Jay grinned, “I’m hungry.”

“Bluegrass Kitchen?”

“That oughta do just fine.”

By the end of the day—both were exhausted—and happy as they pulled into Harold Camp—where Sarah’s aunt greeted them, “How are the girls—and why didn’t you bring them?”

“They’re fine, keeping the home-fires lit and Brianna still likes trees and has many to choose from,” Sarah replied.

“I hear that Danger Bay is a great place—right on Lake Superior.”

“It is,” Jay agreed, “But this is still home in our hearts.” Continue reading

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Charleston!

Vacations Banner(Story-line and photo-background by Sarah Cooper)

Previously: Jay was particularly interested in the tug, John Purvis: In December 1956, Roen Steamship Company of Sturgeon Bay purchased the John Purves and put her to work on all five Great Lakes taking on towing and salvage jobs. The Purves was well known throughout the Great Lakes for her strength and towing capabilities. In fact, due to her might, she made a good living after the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, rescuing many a saltwater vessel that ran aground in the tricky channels of the Great Lakes.

Too soon their visit had to come to an end—they returned to Cherryland Airport strapped-in to the refueled P-38J “Judy Ann”—and left for Cyber West Virginia, “Now THAT was a worthwhile stop!”

“Especially the winery, right Sarah?”

“C’mon, Jay,” Sarah laughed, “Yes, that was fun—but I loved the Maritime Museum as well!”

Long flights in an airliner can be a bit boring—not so in a P-38—every so often Jay or Sarah would “beat-up a little sky” with some aerobatics. Try that in an airliner! Continue reading

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Sturgeon Bay

Vacations BannerPreviously: Chris gave him a look, since he knew she was claustrophobic.

There was also a bar called the Texola Bar. 

It had a sign on it:

“There’s No Other Place Like This Place
Anywhere Near This Place So This Must Be The Place.”

It also said it was open on Friday Nights.

“I wonder who comes here—maybe it is a ghostly experience?” Chris laughed.

Just on the other side of the bar they crossed into the great state of Texas.  Continue reading

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Headed Out Of Elk City

Vacation BannerPreviously: Sarah & Jay decided to fly to cyber West Virginia in Sarah’s P38J Lightning, and soon they were out over Lake Superior. They could trade-off piloting as needed—or engage the autopilot and let the airplane navigate itself.

“I’m pretty excited to see what cyber West Virginia looks like.”

“I expect it to look like RW West Virginia—without mudslides & floods,” Jay replied.

Linda & Ralph planned on exploring Lake Superior in their houseboat—a long uninterrupted, leisure exploration of their favorite places along the North Shore. This would include (of COURSE) Duluth’s Canal Park!

Chris & Wyatt decided to continue their vacation where they turned east to Chicago at Elk City, Oklahoma and perhaps go all the way to Los Angeles, California. Wyatt had never seen the Pacific Ocean & hoped they’d make it all the way there. Continue reading

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Vacations—or not!

Vacations BannerPreviously: “You must come with me, Brown & White,” Flutters seemed not to be delusional—perhaps he never was in the past, “To the place beyond the mountains-blue, where we will find the Master—he really wishes to meet you.”

And with THAT—they were gone.

In what seemed like hours, they returned.

Daisy looked completely drained, Flutters—well Flutters was his usual self,Schwärzentaube & Pluribux Baldja have been brought to the Master’s lair beyond the mountains-blue, and the separation between cyber and real worlds is now absolute. Sadly, Daisy now must deal with being of three places at one time—the Master has taken a fancy to the Brown & White.”

AR-ROOOO!” Daisy bayed to end this Adventure. Continue reading

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Beyond the MOUNTAINS BLUE!

2015 Port of Danger Bay BannerPreviously: That broke the tension for a while—and our heroes drifted into mundane conversations. Their thoughts, however, continued to drift back to the on and off merging of the real and cyber worlds.

Soon they settled into small groups spread-out around the patio—small talk devolved into silently worrying about their future lives if Karma and Cujo failed.  

Daisy was thinking about her response to Buttons—and realized that Pepper’s admonishment was deserved, “You’re right, Pepper—I was assuming. And Schwärzentaube & Pluribux Baldja are very clever. You know who else is very clever? Someone who’s tall-tales and what we believe to be delusions AND who is only of cyberspace…”

Daisy didn’t finish her sentence before she—DISAPPEARED! Continue reading

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Disappearing Daisy

2015 Port of Danger Bay BannerPreviously: “I wonder to where, or when, they’ve gone?” Linda thought out loud.

“I guess we’ll have to wait for their return,” Merle rumbled, “Another ale, please, Paul.”

“Coming right up,” Paul replied, “This bigass eagle is good people?”

“Oh yes—she is,” Chris smiled, “She has come to our rescue many times.”

“And with Cujo, our greatest ally on many an adventure,” Sarah added, “Usually assisting Flutters, and making him maintain his focus—instead of wandering off and discussing his mythical “Master.”

The dog-people were off by themselves so their humans did not overhear their conversation…

“I think maybe I know,” Buttons offered, “Remember Schwärzentaube & Pluribux Baldja?”

“But, where they were sent—they cannot escape!” Daisy replied.

“They were very clever,” Buttons was certain she was right.

“Y’know, Daisy, Buttons could be on to something—you shouldn’t make any assumptions.” Continue reading

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Heammawihio-Wakonda

2015 Port of Danger Bay BannerPreviously: That was all it took for Karma to transition to her normal appearance, “Now we can begin to put the REAL WORLD & CYBER WORLD back in their proper balance.”

“Do you know what’s causing this?”

“No Chris, I don’t. I have my suspicions—but we need more than suspicions.”

For the next several hours the discussion went on—ideas offered—ideas rejected. Occasionally, tempers flared—followed by apologies.

Very slowly the scenery began to change—at first no one noticed. It was Paul who became aware first, “Ale? Wine? Coffee, anyone?”

The conversation stopped.

“I’ll have some wine, Paul,” Sarah recovered completely, “If it’s no trouble.”

“Do you have any non-sentient small rodents?” Karma asked.

“Terribly sorry M’Lady,” Paul replied, “I’m afraid you’ll have to hunt.”

If Karma’s beak were flexible, she would have smiled, “Okay—you look as though you’d be delicious.”

Paul wasn’t so certain the bird was kidding. Continue reading

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Karma?

2015 Port of Danger Bay BannerPreviously: “I really hate to interrupt,” Mac rumbled, “But we’re in a heck of a fix.”

“Thanks Mac,” Cujo reluctantly broke away from Boomer and Daisy, “I may be temporarily a corporeal dog, I still know what’s happening at some level. We need help from one who has the ability to be in three places at once: the RW, CW and The Great Beyond.”

“No one can do that,” Jay Cooper said, “Or is there one, do you know who, Cujo?”

“I do—I just can’t access that memory.”

“How can we help?”

“No need,” an ethereal voice out of nowhere and everywhere was heard—or felt by all, I can help you.” Continue reading

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