LOOKING UP – November 6, 2017

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This chilly morning walk found me looking up at the buildings along Historic Front Street in Coupeville. Then next time your in Coupeville your should look up, you’ll see some interesting thing and some historic things.

Let’s start with a mermaid. Hanging in the second story window of Aqua Gifts you’ll see a mermaid.

Aqua Gifts Mermaid

Across the street is the old Glenwood Hotel built in 1889. It now house McPherson and McPherson Law Offices. Up in the third story window is a lady in waiting for her sailor man to come home.

Lady In Waiting

On the side of the 1886 Coupeville Cash Store, which now houses Whidbey Isle Yarns and Far From Normal, is what appears to be a small French balcony.

Fremch Balcony

A not often talked about practice in Coupeville and many other historic waterfront towns was the privy’s built at the back of buildings where people would go to the bathroom which immediately went into the water and flushed out to sea by the tides.

There is still one building that is rumored to have and old privy like that but is never used.  That would be the 1916 Benson Confectionery which today is the Kingfisher Book Store. I believe this outcropping on the back of the build is where it is. Part of it is a deck but part of it is enclosed.

Benson Privy

At the west end of Front Street is Gillespie’s Livery built as Terry’s Dryer in 1897. The old “Gillespie’s Livery- Drayage¬† On Short Notice” sign still hangs from the peek of the building. There are a number of different business that now reside there.

Gillespie's Livery

I hope you enjoyed that little tour. Anytime you’re in a new town it always pays to look up, there are always little treasures to be seen.

Thanks for walking with me and we’ll try to do it again tomorrow.

FOG BANK – July 26, 2017

Sorry I missed you yesterday. I walked but didn’t have anything interesting to post. I didn’t do much better today but did get one nice photo I’ll show you later.

But first I’d like to share a few from last week, that I didn’t get a chance to post.

I was curious if you’d pay $725,000 for a house you couldn’t see? Here’s the street side view.

House For Sale 202 Front Street Front

But if you walk down the beach and look this is what it really looks like. Pretty cool huh?

House For Sale 202 Front Street Back

While we’re looking at “fronts and backs” here’s the Knead and Feed Restaurant and Aqua Gifts from the front.

Kneed and Feed and Aqua Gifts Front

Again, walk down the beach and look up you get this backside view. Not quite as inviting as the store fronts.

Aqua Gifts and Kneed and Feed Back

Now for today’s effort. This is something I don’t think I’ve ever seen around town, a herd of four bucks with full racks. Unbelievable!

Four Bucks

And finally my “Photo of the Day”! This fog bank was over Camano Island and Saratoga Passage, rather spectacular I’d say.

Fog Bank Over Penn Cove

So that takes care of “Hump Day” for this week. I hope your week is going well and will walk again with me.

DARK START Jan 2- 2015

While the first day of the new year was a stellar day with chilly clear skies and light breezes, day two was just the opposite. Heavy clouds darkened the morning making photography difficult but I mad the best of it! The good news is it was eleven degrees warmer coming in at 38 degrees F.

Here’s what it looked like at 7:15am when I left the house.


Nature photography was pretty much out of the question as I will attest to with this deer under a streetlight.


By the time I got to the wharf, about an hour later, I had a wee bit more light and captured the Christmas lights running along the railing leading to the Coupeville Wharf. William, the proprietor of Local Grown, was parked on the wharf unloading supplies for his wonderful coffee shop. If you haven’t visited Local Grown I suggest it as a nice spot to get a coffee, sweet roll and some real local flair. He’s there most mornings, except Tuesday, around 6:00am.


This will probably be the last photo of Christmas in Coupeville. I really like the way they decorated the Knead and Feed Bakery Restaurant and Aqua Gifts.


So now you can stop walking and take a break over the weekend. Have a great one!


I’m sorry to have been gone for the past couple of days after just getting going again but I’ve had “CSS” (Can’t See Squat) [the family friendly term :-)]. On Tuesday I had a cataract removed from my left eye. Just two weeks ago they did my right eye. While it think it will be a big improvement in the long run, for now I CSS!

That makes it really difficult to find and photograph interesting things during my walks. I walked 3 1/2 miles yesterday and did the same thing again today. The following is all I had to show for my efforts. I hope you find my photos interesting.

I noticed this sign, for the first time, that’s posted on Highway 20.


So what’s so special about that? It’s pointing the wrong directions! Here’s a Google satellite photo with this sign transposed over it. Go figure.

04-04-14 sign2

I saw another sign in the window of Aqua Gifts that I like and says a lot.


Aqua Gifts is a really nice store in Coupeville. If you’re ever in town be sure to check it out. It’s in the old 1890 “Puget Race Drug Store” building.


Out on the wharf today was the 1931 cruise ship Discovery. It’s a beautiful old 87 foot yacht that is available for hire through Discovery Journeys. I tried to imagine what it must have looked like docking in Coupeville back in 1931 and here’s what I came up with.


Now go have a great weekend and we’ll walk some more on Monday!