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We are delighted that the editors of PacificNW magazine of The Seattle Times asked us to prepare a cover-story package for the magazine’s print edition of Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, on the topic of vicarious vacations. Call it an epic “Now & Then.”
Here’s the introduction:
The places we visited when we were young stand stubbornly, often joyously, in our minds and hearts.
In this collection, we delve into these memories as illuminated by long-ago travel photos — many of them submitted by readers of our “Now & Then” column.
We also return to these sites, in images kindly contributed by professional and amateur photographers in places that we collectively cannot or choose not to revisit at present because of the coronavirus.
It’s a way of taking vacations without leaving home. Enjoy the trip!
And below are links to 12 fully illustrated vignettes, including video interviews, preceded by the Backstory. Special thanks to the friends and others we called upon to snap “Now” photos out of the goodness of their hearts. We hope you enjoy it all.
— Jean Sherrard and Clay Eals
Savoring the sweet peach of memory
‘Somehow bouncing off all that ageless beauty can prompt the hitting of a reset button’
Mount Rushmore, 1994
‘When I was young, I wanted to hear about a place and wanted to see it’
—Hai Thi Nguyen
New York harbor, 1963
‘I was obviously very secure in myself … that innocent confidence’
‘A text of independence … I passed reasonably well’
—Astrid Anderson Bear
Iguazú Falls, Argentina, 2011
‘It was a moment of grace and gratitude’
The JFK Eternal Flame at Arlington Cemetery
‘There was absolute devastation … This was very important’
Expo ’74, Spokane, 1974
‘This must have been what Century 21 was like’
Chicago lakeshore, 1988
‘To explore without having to go on an expedition’
—Elancia (Lancie) Williamson
Australian outback, 1986
‘The most exotic place in the world’
Lake Michigan chalet, 1966
‘It was magical … The soul is still there’
Banff, Alberta, 1979
‘I had never seen a lake that was so blissfully blue’
Pinoy Hill, Seward Park, 1954
‘You really want to hold onto your culture’
—Ranesto (Ron) Angeles
A highlight of their lives
—The Rev. Theodore and Cherry Dorpat