SAVE THE WHARF – February 1, 2017

Welcome to February 2017 and the first walk of the month, I hope you enjoy it. There was not a cloud in the sky but a chilly 29 degrees F.

Mount Baker was standing tall in the morning light with a large accumulation of winters snow.


I titled this blog “Save the Wharf” because it’s having some problems but it’s not alone. Coupeville, being a historic town, has many old buildings that are well over a hundred years old. Add to that we’re a seaside village that suffers the effects of salt water and high tides. It’s a constant battle to keep our historic buildings in good condition.

A great example of that is Cottage on the Cove, a wonderful place to say when visiting Coupeville, or at least it was. I’ve had a number of friends and relatives stay there and they’ve always loved it.

It was built in 1904 and sits on the bank just above Penn Cove. The banks have been slowly eroding away and causing lots of problems.

Here’s “Cottage on the Cove”.


This is the sign beside the door telling the history of the building.


They have gone to extraordinary efforts to keep it from falling down the cliff. This big steel cable goes from these large concrete blocks completely around the building and ties into concrete blocks on the other side. Hopefully that will keep it safe until it can be fixed.


The most iconic landmark in Coupeville is the wharf. The wharf is 110 years old and one of the largest wharf’s of its kind in Washington State and the country. Unfortunately it’s starting to have some problems that need immediate attention.

To help save the wharf the town has started a fund raising drive to get enough money to fix it. This is the sign that tells about the repairs.


There is a collection box where you start walking out to the building. If you live here or if you are visiting here please swing by and drop a few bucks into the box. Here’s the full story off the wharf’s history and the fund drive. There is a place on the web page where you can donate. Please help us save our wharf!


Thanks for the company on my walk, I really appreciate you joining in. If you have any friends that might like to walk around Coupeville and Ebey Prairie please share my blog with them and encourage them to subscribe. Thanks!!!


I’m posting a little late today because I’ve been spending time with my sister Diane who’s visiting from Spokane. She went on my walk this morning and we had a nice time. Here are some of the things we saw but of course there was much more that I’ll share at a later date.

This is Diane.


While here she’s staying at Cottage on the Cove. It’s a wonderful historic building right on Front Street and sits out over the water. The views are spectacular and here’s what Diane got to wake up to this morning.


We stopped by last evening for a visit before dinner at Toby’s Tavern. Looking east from the cottage’s deck I spotted this nice photo of what we call the “Popeye House” with a sailboat and kayak’s in the foreground.


Needless to say you need reservations to say at the cottage so book early.

Over the next few weeks you’ll be seeing a lot of The Haunting of Coupeville. As I mentioned last week the scarecrows are coming to town and we spotted quite a number of new ones this morning, here they are.

Central Whidbey Cooperative Preschool, The Coupeville Garden Club and Whidbey Isle Yarn.

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Front Street Grill, Coupeville Jr. Cheer (left) with Troop 44217 (right), and Cub Scout Troop 4058.

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That should keep you busy for a while. Thanks for walking with me and sharing it with my sister. Have a great week ahead!


Once again I managed to walk only 1 1/2 miles this morning. Actually it went quite well and I think I’m gaining on my bursitis. I walked down to the wharf and back, the same as I walked Friday, but still found some interesting stuff to photograph.

I took a photo of my neighbors place where he has a saddle beside the fence gate and an interesting building in the background.


The rest of this blog is a “reading assignment”. I wanted to share a great place to stay if you ever come visit Coupeville. “Cottage on the Cove” is right on the water and right at the end of Front Street.


Here’s the history of the building.


I took this photo through the window just to give you an idea of how quaint it is.


One thing we don’t like on Front Street are empty buildings. Since Coupeville is a tourist town we like lots of stores and restaurants. This building has been empty for a couple of years. It use to be the “Mad Crab” restaurant but sadly it closed and has not been open for a very long time.

The building was built in 1866 to house the John Robertson’s store. It will be fun to see what’s next for this historic building.


About a year ago it was sold and we’ve been waiting to see what’s going to happen with it. Finally a sign has gone up and here’s the story.


With that I’ll let you get on with your day. Thanks for walking with me, all be it a short one. Hopefully we’ll do this again tomorrow!