Arrr, mateys. If you’ll be travelin’ around our fair region, you’ll be wantin’ to meet some scallywags of the Pacific. We’ve got plenty o’ pirates, as we’ve got the balmy climate, easy access to shippin’ routes and dozens of islands fer storin’ loot.
1.Science World, Vancouver.
On May 7, 2010, Vancouver’s Science World museum welcomes the Treasure! exhibit. As we all know, if there’s one thing a pirate loves, it’s a chest full of gold.
Learn more about underwater treasure, modern treasure hunts and hidden treasure at this two-story science museum. And if ye don’t care for gold, diamonds and other valuables, Science World offers two floors of awesome exhibits — move a ball with your mind (really!), lift a hippo and hide away inside a animal’s tree home. Science World is always one of my top stops in Vancouver.
2.Â Milagros Boutique,Â Portland.
This sweet little shop focuses on the natural, organic and local, from cloth diapers to Oregon-made stacking toys. My favorite things for sale?Â The â€œP is for Pirateâ€ shirts and locally-made wooden swords.
Thoughtful owner Jennifer seeks out completely unique merchandise that you really canâ€™t find anywhere else — and she always finds clever ways to work with local store owners, Portland-based musicians and charitable orgs. Although I don’t live in Portland anymore, I’ve been known to order online from Milagros and I almost always drop by when in town to check out the boutique’s new picks.
3.Â 3H Craftworks, Vancouver.
Amidst the upscale hustle-bustle of Vancouverâ€™s West Fourth Avenue, 3Hâ€™s modest storefront belies the creativity inside. This non-profit shop displays hand-sewn felt storyboards, dresses, finger puppets and hand puppets — all crafted by local adults with physical challenges or mental illness who cannot find work elsewhere.
So you’ll have your choice of cool, locally-made playthings that serve an awesome cause. Try out theÂ pirate-themed puppets for imaginary adventures.
4.Â Glowing Greens Miniature Golf, Portland. A pirate-themed blacklight mini-golf with reggae tunes, glow-in-the-dark skeletons and a Caribbean theme. Great for tweens and teens.
6.Â Archie McPhee, Seattle. Seattleâ€™s favorite schlock emporium has a soft spot for the hard life of a pirate. Pick up a Blackbeard Pirate Action Figure, Pirate Bandages or a Deluxe Eye Patch.
7.Â The Maritime Museum of British Columbia,Â Victoria. If visiting Victoriaâ€™s downtown, this very small museum may interest kids gaga over ships. Climb up the ratlines and into the crowâ€™s nest of a ship. But donâ€™t miss the pirate’s corner, which features nasty-looking gibbet (human drowning cage). Ew! But just right for older kids.
***Of course, ye can pirate someone elseâ€™s joke, cos thatâ€™s what a high-seas rascal would do.
Ar. Itâ€™s hard to write like a pirate fer more than a sentence or two.