MOVING DAY – November 3, 2017

Yesterday was a lot of fun watching this house get moved from Oak Harbor to Coupeville. That sounds like an easy enough task but it was a very long hard day for a lot of hard working men and women.

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The Jerome Ely house was built in 1879, he was the first mayor of Oak Harbor. It was owned by the Whidbey Presbyterian Church since 2008. The rumor is that the new owners payed one dollar for the house but spent around $130,000 to move it.

They took it through the streets of Oak Harbor down to the water where it was loaded on a barge and ferried across Penn Cove to Coupeville. From there it was unloaded and moved to it’s new home on Lauren Street. Here is the route.

Route Map

The series of photos below show it arriving at the Thomas A.Coupe Park  in Coupeville and being unloaded. I was cloudy and raining when they unloaded it. That’s why the last photo is so dark. I believe you can click on the pictures to enlarge them.

It took a long time to get it out of the parking lot because of the tight turn and some landscape boulders that were in the way.

They turned west on 9th Street and soon ran into two problems. They swerved to the left to miss a streetlight and the roof caught a power line. They ended up removing the streetlight and moving a little to the right to get the power line off the house.

After a few hours they finally they made it one block and then turned the corner south on Gould Street. I took a long time to make the turn and had to remove some more lines.

It was starting get too dark for photos so I took two more and called it a day. These two are looking down Gould Street from where it will turn onto 4th Street and looking up Gould Street toward the turn at the top of the hill.

This morning I wet to it’s new resting location and it looks great sitting in the woods. I just wish I could have followed it all the way but I’m sure they went well into the night and probably the early morning as well.

I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did. I’m also going to put a video together about it.

Welcome Back – August 11, 2015

I know, I know, it’s been way too long. People around Coupeville keep reminding me that I’ve been missed.

I can come up with a million excuses but none are very valid. I’ll try to do better going forward.

On my little walk this morning I managed to find some interesting things. First up was the Captain Thomas A. Coupe’s home built in 1854. Captain Coupe is the namesake of “Coupeville”.

His home as been in pretty bad shape for a long time but thanks to the “Ebey Forever Foundation” it is getting a much needed restoration. These photos aren’t great but it gives you an idea of the project.

Looking from the beach. At some point in time the house was turned around and moved back away from cliff.

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This is a side view. It’s hard to get a good photo with all the growth around the house.

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I’ve shown you photos of the Toby’s Tavern building restoration. It’s now complete and looks wonderful. Here is a 1920’s photo and on today’s walk.

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The tide was out and the boats were in. This time of year we get a lot of visitors by water who anchor out, tie to mooring buoys, or tie to the dock.

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And finally my shot of the day. I liked the morning sun on the wharf pilings and all the green seaweed and black mussels contrasted against it.

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It’s great to be back and having you all walking with me again. Enjoy your day and we’ll do this again soon.

LILIES AND SNAILS – April 13, 2015

Happy Monday and welcome back. It was a dark cloudy morning and I didn’t walk very far but wanted to share what I saw this morning.

First stop was the wharf where I saw this raft of sailboats just breaking up and heading out. I hope they enjoyed their time in my wee town.

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On the way back home I noticed this beautiful “Zantedeschia aethiopica” or “Arum Lilies”. They are growing along the fence of the local waste treatment plant. I call it “Coupe’s Poop Plant” because it’s sandwiched between the Captain Thomas A. Coupe park and boat launch, and Coupe’s original home built around 1854. Coupe is where Coupeville gets its name.

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If you look closely you may notice the snails munching away on the leaf just to the left of the tallest right flower. Well here, let me show you.

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If you look even closer at the lower most flower you’ll see another snail way down inside next to the stamen.

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It’s really amazing what all you’ll see if you just stop and smell the flowers.

Thanks for walking with me today and I look forward to you joining me again real soon.