Friday, April 10, 2015

Frontierland Canoe, July 1958

Today's first slide is an absolutely beautiful (postcard worthy!) shot of an "Indian War Canoe" as it glides past the Old Mill on the south point of Tom Sawyer Island. The color is just so lovely, and Frontierland (what little we can see of it) beckons. If only I could be there! In the background the majestic Columbia can be seen.

I zoomed in on the canoe because I think it's fun to observe the folks on board. The girl in red needs to do less yammering and more paddling! A few people are clearly not even pretending to paddle (like the lady shading her eyes, or the woman in front of her). 

Next we get a rather unexciting shot of Fort Wilderness, although it looks good anyway! Very fort-ish. If you look to our left there are a few people walking along the island shore (hidden by the foliage). Grown men can be seen above the fort's walls; I have the feeling that Tom Sawyer Island brought out the boy in them.


Nanook said...


Tom Sawyer Island always managed to bring out the boy in me. Now, if I could only locate where it's currently residing-!

Thanks, Major.

Nancy said...

beautiful for sure!!

they have that dreamy quality that you just cant plan for when taking a picture, but is always a extra-nice surprise when you pick them up at the Foto Hut!! :-)

K. Martinez said...

Yep, that first image is perfection.

The Fort Wilderness image is unusual in that you can see guests walking the upper area visible above the fort's walls from the river. I've probably seen photos like that before, but just don't remember them.

Melissa said...

Wow, beautiful Tom Sawyer Island shots! I can practically hear the water and feel the grass.

I wonder what's up with the two red-hatted people in the back of the canoe; are they connected in some way to the turned-back woman in red and white?

But at the end of the day, I spy a babushka in the 8th row, so I know everything's going to be OK.

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, oh, I'm sure he's around somewhere!

Nancy, when I got this bunch, I could immediately tell that they were a cut above the usual stuff. Almost every photo is clear and colorful, and well-composed.

K. Martinez, I'm pretty sure I've shared photos of the Fort in which you can see guests walking the upper level - not that I can think of any specific ones right now!

Melissa, nowadays you can feel the giant ugly stage at that end of the island! Folks seem to love "Fantasmic!" though (I only like it, and once was enough, really), so I suppose the sacrifice was worth it. The needs of the many outweigh my needs, unfortunately! Babushkas forever.

Unknown said...

Not that I ever mind seeing the Matterhorn from the West side of the Park, but that first shot is pure Frontierland. Me likee.

And I agree with Kevin: I don't remember ever being able to walk the parapets between the towers. Of course it is 1958 and I hadn't made first visit yet...

Anonymous said...

These pictures make me happy.

Thank you, Major.


Chuck said...

What JG said. Any day with an intact Fort Wilderness is a good day. This is a good day.