Nineteenth century writer Robert Louis Stevenson has done as much as anyone for popularizing Pirate Lingo so, of course, he’s my choice for spokesman for “Talk Like a Pirate Day” on September 19. There’s a lot of pirate talk and bravado in Stevenson’s book, “Treasure Island.”
Stevenson was from Scotland, but he traveled widely and spent some time in California. He honeymooned in a cabin with bride Fanny, sleeping on hay, on Mt. Saint Helena in Napa County in the summer of 1880.
A year ago, I trekked to the site of the Stevenson honeymoon cabin, which is now gone but is marked with a granite book monument in a California state park named after Stevenson. My husband decided to read in the car, so here I was hiking alone, not a good idea, but it was a lovely late afternoon in a beautiful forest. I knew it was going to be a steep mile up the mountain, so I shouldn’t have worn flip flops, even though they were sport flip flops. I also worried about spotting mountain lions, or worse still, mountain lions spotting me first. And on top of that, we didn’t leave any time during our visit to Napa (wedding!) to visit wineries, but I was determined to see this memorial — all for you, dear readers.
The Granite Book Memorial Says:
On the left side:
THIS TABLET PLACED BY
THE CLUB WOMEN OF NAPA
COUNTY MARKS THE SITE
OF THE CABIN OCCUPIED IN
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
AND BRIDE WHILE HE WROTE
THE SILVERADO SQUATTERS
On the right side:
DOOMED TO KNOW NOT WINTER
ONLY SPRING, A BEING TROD
THE FLOWERY APRIL
BLITHELY FOR AWHILE
TOOK HIS FILL OF MUSIC,
JOY OF THOUGHT AND SEEING,
CAME AND STAYED AND WENT
NOR EVER CEASED TO SMILE.
To read my 2012 post about “Talk Like a Pirate Day” click on “Robert Louis Stevenson Talks Like a Pirate.” In that post is a link to an earlier post I wrote about the origin of “Talk Like a Pirate Day.”
About Robert Louis Stevenson in California.
12 responses to “Official Spokesman for “Talk Like a Pirate Day””
Fantastic post; though that doesn’t surprise me. Grin. And, yell at your hubby for me, that you walked alone, but not too loud. Hugs
Thanks, BusyMindThinking! I’ll give me husband a little elbow to remind him what he missed on this lovely walk, even if he isn’t the Stevensone fan that I am.
What an interesting post. And coincidentally, I just came back from Toronto, having watched some films at TIFF. Before each screening, they would show a notice warning people against piracy. Whenever that comes up, the audience (some of them anyway) would respond with growls. The first time I experience such a phenomenon. 😉
I would have done the same, Catherine… nothing better than a walk in nature; and what a great prize to find the memorial stone; a ‘book’ nonetheless… 😉
It looks so serene – I guess the closest we get to that is a canoe trip into the mangroves.
Life is too short for anything but comfortable shoes. I think I read that in Treasure Island.
Wow, that’s all very interesting Catherine. I’m glad you planted a memorial to RLS. I love his lines of verse by the way, rather telling and beautiful, good choice.
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Arrgh! It’s Talk Like Pirate Day.
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I drove by this location recently and wanted to get photos to add to the Historic Marker Data Base at HMDB.Org but I did not have time. Could I use your photos? With proper credit to you, of course. Or, you can add to the website yourself.
Hi, Craig. Yes, you can use the photos. Please add the link to this blog post! Thanks!