I’M STILL HERE – June 29, 2017

Well hello boys and girls! I know it’s hard to believe but I’m still here. I’ve been busy with my two main projects, building a teardrop camping trailer from scratch and restoring my 1960, Series I, Sunbeam Alpine, sports car. Neither one of them is done but I needed a break and what better way to take a break then walking. So get your shoes on and let’s go.

We’ll only walk about two and a half miles this morning, down through town, up through the Coupeville Town Park and back home.

The first thing to show you is the new roof on the Captain Joseph Clapp house. If you remember the old roof had a couple of holes that were letting rain in. Well, thanks to the “Ebey’s Forever Historic Preservation Grant Program” the new roof was installed and the old Clapp house should be preserved for another 131 years.

Before:

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After:

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Going through town I saw that they were finally making some great progress restoring the old “Mad Crab” restaurant building that was housed in the old 1866 Robertson’s Store building. It’s no longer going to be the “Mad Crab” but instead there will be shops and other businesses.

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Walking up the trial to the Town Park a Great Blue Heron scared the crap out of me as it took flight with great fanfare, squawking and yelling all the way. It landed in another tree where I had this great peek-a-boo view of it.

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On the way back home I spotted this beautiful trawler anchored out on Penn Cove with more of Whidbey Island in the far shore. Oh what a beautiful morning!

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Thank you so much for walking with me today. I’ll really try to do more walking in the future. I know how much you enjoy our walks and It’s really good for me.

See you soon and keep walking!

NEW ROOF – February 16, 2017

I mentioned a few posts back that the Captain Joseph Clapp house was going to get a new roof. Well it’s finally happening and it’s going to be beautiful as well as protect this beautiful old Victorian home  for many more years.

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The Captain Joseph Clapp house was built in 1886. It’s one of my favorite Victorian, Queen Anne-style, homes. Captain Clapp was a sea captain, as were many of the people who settled in Coupeville. He died in 1940 at the age of 97. He was the last of the original sea captains  who settled here.

To give you a better sense of where this beautiful home is I took this photo from about five blocks away. Imagine how great the view must be from inside the house. It sits right along Penn Cove.

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If you’d like to have a nice little home that sits along Penn Cove I found one for you. It’s on a high bluff right on the water. It’s located on the corner of the Coupeville Town Park. Built in 1867 I believe it was originally two houses put together as one.

It’s 1,534 square feet, has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 3 fireplaces and is currently the Cliff House B&B. This lovely place can be yours for only $749,000! I’d jump right on it but it doesn’t have a garage or woodshop and I don’t have anywhere near that kind of money. But if you do it’s a lovely place.

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And that’s a wrap for Thursday. Thanks for walking with me and if the weather holds we’ll do it again tomorrow.

PEEK-A-BOO – February 8, 2017

Today was much better than yesterday. It was 34 degrees F when I left and 33 when I got home. It was very overcast and threatening more snow. About half way through the four miles we walked it started “dusting”. By the time I got home…

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Perfect!

While walking along I played “Peek-A-Boo” with Raccoon. He saw me and ran to the culvert to hide.

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Rather than waking on I decided to wait and see what he does. Sure enough he had to come back to the end and take a peek. A really cut little critter hiding that way.

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Over the years I’ve shown you some of the yard art around town. Being somewhat of an “art community” there is quite a bit. Here’s a Dachshund I’d never see before. I really like the bright colors.

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I also noticed something to get really excited about. Coupeville has a number of beautiful old Victorian’s around town that were mostly built and owned by tall ship captains in the mid to late 1800’s. This is one of my very favorites.

This house was owned by Captain Joseph Clapp, built in 1889. It has been going down hill for quite some time but it is on the list to have some work done made possible by Ebey’s Forever Grant. Today I saw a huge pile of cedar shakes for a new roof! It’s going to look so great once that’s done and no more leaks either. (Note the big hole to the left of the chimney)

I don’t envy the roofer that gets the job but someone’s got to do it.

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And that concludes our Hump Day Walk! I hope you enjoyed it and we can do it again real soon.

GOOD NEWS – May 9, 2016

Well that was a long dry spell, sorry about that! I’ve been well and very busy working on my teardrop trailer. Progress is slow but hopefully I’ll have some pictures of it one of these days.

One of the things I just hate to see is our historic buildings deteriorating. The Captain Joseph Clapp house, built in 1886, has been heading downhill for a few years now. During my walk this morning I was happily surprised to see an “Ebey’s Forever Grant” sign in the front yard. The sign reads: “Preserving the Reserve’s Heritage Buildings Through Community Investment”.

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That means that some funds have been made available to help repair some of the problems that the house is having, like the big hole in the roof. Another wonderful old Victorian saved, woot!

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Speaking of improving the community, the 1866 Robertson’s Store building redo is coming along nicely. They have the framework for the new deck done and it looks really solid. I can’t wait to see what it will all look like when complete.

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I spotted my old friend “Frank”, the Great Blue Heron, sitting on it’s favorite post in front of the Coupeville Wharf. This gives you a good idea of what our weather will be like for the week ahead, nice!

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I shoot most of my photos in “landscape” mode but every once in a while it requires “portrait” mode. My neighbor John gave me cause for just such a photo. He’s a retired art teacher and is always putting up creative things around his place. This birdhouse is the newest addition. They should be well protected from any land predators at that elevation.

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And with that we’ll start a new week. I hope you all haven’t left me and enjoyed our walk today. I’ll try to do better in the future, I promise!

CAPTAIN JOSEPH CLAPP HOUSE – January 20, 2015

Yet another dark morning so I though I’d share another historic home only this one needs help.

We have many, well cared for, historic homes around Coupeville that were built in the middle to late 1800’s. Most of the are in great shape but sadly some are having problems that if not addresses could lead to major repair or loss.

One such home is the Captain Joseph Clapp house, built in 1886. It’s one of my favorite Victorian, Queen Anne-style, homes.

Captain Clapp was a sea captain, as were many of the people who settled in Coupeville. He died in 1940 at the age of 97. He was the last of the original sea captains  who settled here.

I can see myself sitting on the top floor in a nice office on the right with a great view.

The red arrow in the photo points to what appears to be an open hole in the roof. The rest of the roof doesn’t look all that good either. I sure hope the owner can figure out a way go get this wonderful home fixed.

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While our walk today was long, photo-wise it was not very productive. Hopefully I’ll have more for you after the current storms pass through.

CAPTAIN JOSEPH CLAPP HOUSE – May 22, 2015

Since everyone seemed to enjoy my little history lesson on Toby’s Tavern’s past I thought I’d give you a little more Coupeville history.

Back at the turn of the century, the 20th century of course, Coupeville was a very popular place for sea captains to live. In the middle to late 1800’s there were approximately eleven sea captains residing here in our wee town. One of the nicknames for Coupeville was “City of Sea Captains”.

Many of them were responsible for the building of some wonderful Victorian homes around town.

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In 1886 Captn. Clapp and his wife Mary (Molly) purchased this home that was built in the same year. They resided there for fifty years.

From the first printing of “Sea Captains of Whidbey Island” in 1946 it said that “Captain J. W. Clapp is our oldest living pioneer sea captain.” Professor Edmond S. Meany wrote: “Fortunately we have a number of old pioneers still living among us. How much more wholesome it is that we extend to them the flowers of our appreciation while the handclasp of friendship is still possible.” Nicely said!

Captn. Clapp made various voyages around the world. The ships he commanded were: “Charmer”, “Atalanta”, “Jabey Howes” and “General Buster”. This is an artists rendering of one of the ships he sailed, the “Atalanta”.

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Here’s how his home looked “back in the day”.

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This is as it looked this morning during my walk.

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There was an addition to the right side in the 1920’s because it had become to difficult for the Clapp’s to climb the stairs so they added a lower bedroom which today is a library. Ron VanDyk, I believe, is the current owner. He has done a wonder job of restoration and extensive work like repairing the foundation. The reason I say that “I believe he’s the current owner” is because my source of information is from the wonderful book about Coupeville homes called “Ancestral Walls” by Sally Hayton-Keeva, written in 2003.

Sadly the roof is in a terrible state of disrepair and needs to be replaced. Here’s a hole near the top of the roof.

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And there was a big hole over the library that has since been covered with black plastic.

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It takes a lot to keep up with these 150 year old homes and I hope they get a handle on the roof soon.

And one quick update on Toby’s Tavern refacing. Here’ where they had progressed to today.

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So that’s your history lesson for today and it’s probably enough to last you through the Memorial Day weekend. Please be sure to pause and give thanks to all those brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms.

DOUBLE DOWN

This morning I doubled my mileage from yesterday and walked three miles. It felt good and I do believe I’m on the mend. I just walked around town but found some things of interest for you.

First stop, one of my favorite heritage homes. It’s the Captain Joseph Clapp home built it 1886. He was a “charming and witty man” who was the master of the tall ships “Charmer”, “Atlanta” and “Jabey Howes”. After he retired from sailing he was the Post Master of Coupeville from 1898 to 1915 as well as deputy County Treasurer and Justice of the Peace.

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On Front Street a city worker was already out watering our beautiful flower baskets that hang all over town.

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Right near where he was watering I spotted this Great Blue Heron perching on an old light pole in front of the Coupeville Wharf.

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Out on the wharf I looked back toward town and spotted this King Fisher sitting on a rail. I just love the sound they make when they fly.

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Toward the south side of town I spotted this cotton tail sitting on the little hill above me. They don’t pose very long so felt this shot was sort of lucky.

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Back home I saw this deer munching away on my new neighbors, Steve and Betty, shrubs in front of their house. Welcome to Coupeville and good luck with your plants 🙂

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For all you hard working folks, Happy Hump Day! For all us retired folks, enjoy the day, whatever day it is.