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San Juan Island Adventures: Visit San Juan Island through the eyes of Grandpa is a travel/philosophical book written by Jack M. Schneider. Grandpa has a large extended family, which enjoys a family gathering each year. This year, they’ll be meeting up on San Juan Island in the Puget Sound, off the coast of Washington State. Grandpa likes to call himself an 'Analytic Philosopher', which means he reads a lot and has evolved his own ideas on life, though he’s also influenced by his father’s take on the world. Each day, the family gets together and discusses various subjects, such as religion, careers, the role of government, privacy and the importance of travel, and Grandpa gets to field the questions posed by his grandchildren. When the family is not engaged in dialog, they see the sights of San Juan Island and look for orcas in the Sound. San Juan Island Adventures: Visit San Juan Island also contains a number of photos of the resort where they stayed, Roche Harbor and the Puget Sound.
Jack M. Schneider’s travel and philosophy book, San Juan Island Adventures: Visit San Juan Island through the eyes of Grandpa, is a remarkable treatise on life and one man’s view on how it should be lived. I loved the give and take of the questions posed by the author’s grandchildren and the intellectual tenor of the work as a whole. San Juan Island Adventures felt a lot like a modern version of the sessions held by Plato and Socrates. I came away quite impressed by the author’s self-taught erudition and strong ethical sensibility. We agreed on many things, and then not so much on others, something that I’m sure Mr. Schneider would be expecting. Were I to be invited to the next family gathering, I’d come prepared with a few questions of my own. I enjoyed my time spent with Grandpa and his family, and I took away some valuable insights and things to think about as I finished the text and went on to the pictures, which are marvelous as well, and made me think of vacationing there myself soon.