The text and paintings on The Trowbridge Chronicles are taken from the illustrated journal of Violet Trowbridge, a shrew that once lived in a village deep in the Olympic Rain Forest. Each new post will represent a portion of Mrs. Trowbridge’s journal.

Friday, June 22, 2007


Mrs. Trowbridge was an ardent student of shrew history. She stated more than once in her writings that the royal assault on Giloh was the first use of hot air balloons in recorded Trowbridge shrew history. So the Nang Dynasty is credited with the invention of the hot air balloon as a means of shrew travel. I wish I could have been there to witness the grand event. It must have been a most remarkable day.

Did anyone catch the clue that Mrs. Trowbridge left in her story regarding the impending balloon assault? In the episode of May 18, Emperor Nang stated that "the winds have shifted...the time is right." You may also recall the Wind Riders episode of November 1, 2006 where the concept of balloon travel among shrews was introduced.

Some have asked why the emperor chose his bright royal red for the color of the balloons. This is a reasonable question. The red certainly doesn't offer any kind of camouflage against the desert sky. But Emperor Nang knew what he was doing when he selected the bright color, for he was aware that shrews have poor vision. Their eyesight only extends out a few meters, so the color of the balloons had no strategic significance.

After all these months of Keno in captivity, I hope you're as happy as I am to break out of the dungeons and hospital rooms. Finally it appears that the conflict in our story line is reaching a resolution. But there are still unanswered questions. What has become of Shrew Khan and his forces? Are they still alive? Our story resumes...

Friday, June 01, 2007


My paradise would be to spend a summer in the Quinault Rain Forest with Mrs. Trowbridge and her family in Huckleberry Hollow. Since that would require a trip in a time machine I will remain content to be the keeper of the Chronicles.

My Trowbridge trip destination last summer was Shi Shi Beach, a remote beach on the Pacific Coast in Washington State. Some of you may remember that Trowbridge episode. This summer I hope to make my third trip in to Wild Rose Creek on the Quinault River, where Huckleberry Hollow once was. This year perhaps we will stay overnight there. In past years we've camped at Wolf Bar, a couple miles below Huckleberry Hollow. It's a lovely spot in a sea of sword ferns near the banks of the Quinault River.

But enough about've been waiting to find out what Emperor Nang has in store for Keno. I have a feeling that it's something most amazing. Our story resumes...