A reader gently corrected me. Washington and Oregon separated in 1853 not 1953 and Isaac Ebey came to San Jaun Island in 1854 not 1954. I could say, Hey, I'm the visual type, I don't do well with numbers and that would be true. It is also true that I have often felt I somehow stumbled into these modern times by mistake. I have at various times confused the 19th & 20th centuries. Wishful thinking perhaps? Even as a child born in the Pacific Northwest I dreamed of coming west with a wagon train. I loved old-fashioned things. As a young adult for a number of years I sewed all of my own clothes by hand, with a needle and thread. Those were in fact the best clothes I ever owned. The charming but rustic house I lived in on Lopez Island could easily have been a 19th century home but for the air traffic overhead. Here I am now in the 21st century working on a computer. I do love the modern conveniences, a hot shower and my email. Yet, there is a part of me that loves to linger in the 19th century. Hence my love of history. I hope you will enjoy time traveling with me through my blog.