It’s that time of year when the United States of America celebrate their independence. It’s a great time to look back at history to see what it really means. It’s also a good time to read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. So often, with all the emotion out there and a press that seems to enjoy pitting American citizens against each other, we forget about what this great country is all about and it’s foundation.
On my walk this morning I couldn’t help but notice all the good citizens of Coupeville displaying their colors in support for our country. Here’s a taste of what I saw.
Captain Joseph Clapp House, 1886.
These are the condo’s down by the Coupeville Wharf.
My friend Rudy’s beautiful old house.
I love the big porch on this house. I’d love to sit and swing a while there.
The Zylstra House, 1889.
The Lovejoy – Parker House, 1886.
The Blue Goose Inn. John & Jane Kineth House, 1887.
And finally, our front porch!
I hope you have a great Forth of July. Have fun but be safe!
I’ll see you again soon. Thanks for walking with me!
Welcome to June! This was the first walk of the month and I almost got rained on. It was sunny when I left the house and 2 1/2 miles later, just as I walked into the house, the skies opened up, whew!
Signs tell us a lot about our communities and Coupeville is no exception. This morning I noticed several new signs. First up we have a new restaurant. It used to be the “Mosquito Fleet Restaurant”, then it changed hands a couple of times and this morning I see that it’s now “The Lower Loft Eatery”. It’s beneath “Whidbey Isle Yarns” and “Far From Normal” on Front Street.
Here’s a better view of it from the Coupeville Wharf. We’ll have to give it a try and report back to you.
Speaking of the wharf, there’s a new sign there as well showing all the interesting things you’ll find out on the wharf. It’s a very popular tourist stop.
And there are signs of growth all around town. One example is this lot on Front Street that has been vacant for many years, but that’s about to change. A sign has been posted showing that there is going to be a huge home, with a separate garage that will have an apartment, is to be built on this lot.
Here’s the lot from a Google birds eye view.
And this is what it will look like.
I’ll keep you posted as it progresses. Sometimes these things take a while so be patient.
Thanks for joining me today and if the rain stays away we may just do this again tomorrow. Have a great week ahead!
During this morning’s walk I counted eighteen deer marauding the neighborhood. This was looking down Perkins Street just as I left my house.
A little further down the road I got up close and personal with this young buck that was just coming into his horns.
To my surprise the tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain was still docked at the Coupeville Wharf. I talked to one of the crew and he said that they’d be leaving Thursday morning around 10:00.
I thought the fog made for an interesting shot of the ship and wharf.
There are still lots of pretty flowers around town and these caught my eye. They are in front of the Whidbey Health Medical Center. We’re lucky to have the hospital that serves the whole island just blocks away from our home.
That was fun, I really enjoyed your company. I’ll see you again soon.
Good morning, and a good one it is! The sun is back out and so am I, so get you shoes on and let’s go.
On my way to the Coupeville Wharf, to look at the Hawaiian Chieftan tall ship, I spotted this beautiful eagle perched atop a pine tree. The morning sun really made it pop.
This weekend we celebrated “Sail Fest” in Coupeville. There were three large sailboats in Penn Cove, the Suva, Cutty Sark and Hawaiian Chieftain. The two smaller boats were gone but the tall ship was still docked. Here’s an aft view.
This is the bow with the masthead.
It’s so fun to see this great ship docked at the wharf. It congers up images of what it must have been like back in the middle to late 1800’s. Perhaps this is what it looked like way back then.
I hope this gets your week of to a good start, I know it did mine. I hope to walk with you again soon.
After a couple of fabulous days the marine layer rolled in this morning. That made for some difficult but interesting photography as evidenced by the Coupeville Wharf as seen from Captain Thomas Coupe Park.
If you look closely you can see the schooner Suva tied up to the right end of the dock. Walking out on the wharf I got a better look and I do believe she’s ready for this coming weekends “Whidbey SailFest”. You can read all about it here.
And my old friend “Frank”, the great blue heron, is back at his post keeping an eye on Coupeville and Penn Cove. He’s looking a little rough but still a magnificent bird.
With that I’ll fade back into the fog and let you get on with your day. I hope it’s a good one and we can do this again real soon.
Before I get started I would like to thank everyone that commented on Monday’s blog. It’s great to know that so many of you appreciate my efforts.
It’s amazing what a couple of days will do. When I went out for today’s walk I found the trail that was closed Monday, going to the Town Park, open! Not only was it open but it had fresh gravel on it filling the ruts that had formed from the winter rain run-off.
As I’d mentioned, the trail runs along a high band bluff and could be subject to sluffing and slides. The trail runs along the top of this bluff.
It’s been a while since I’ve taken a photo of the Coupeville Wharf but I couldn’t resist this great old green boat parked at the dock.
About half way through my walk I spotted one of our rare “White Deer”. This one was roaming with a small herd.
It was a beautiful day for a walk and I’m really glad you all joined me. I’ll see you again real soon, around town and on the trails.
WOW! What a beautiful morning. These chilly mornings are providing some incredible light for photography, I love it!
On my short 2.5 mile walk I took 75 photos which I finally edited down to three. I really didn’t want to bore you with the rest. So let’s get started.
Walking down Front Street, along Penn Cove, going into town, I spotted this beautiful yacht with incredible sky and water reflections.
When I got to the Coupeville Wharf I did not walk out and around the building as I usually do, it was way too slick with the frost on the wood deck. Instead I took this nice photo.
Walking up the trail to Coupeville Town Park I looked across Penn Cove to capture this sleepy little community, in the haze, on the other side.
I hope you enjoyed the walk and these photos as much as I did. With any luck I may have some more tomorrow as our clear cool weather continues.
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In case you weren’t paying attention, last night we had a “Supermoon” which some people called a “Cool Moon”. It was a the only full supermoon of 2017. The moon appeared 7 percent larger and 16 percent brighter than usual since it was at perigee.
All I really know is that it was beautiful and bright. Here it is as I left the house for my walk.
A little closer to the Coupeville Wharf I captured this stunning photo of the Supermoon over the wharf and reflecting on Penn Cove.
As I was walking along I spotted a guy doing something in a garage. I just had to stop and talk to him because the garage was just recently restored with the help of Ebey Forever Fund. They help preserve old buildings in Coupeville and the Ebey Reserve.
He was the owner and told me that the garage was built early in Coupeville’s development which means sometime between 1853 and 1865. The wood used to repair the structure was all from the same era. He pointed out a cedar corner board that had some material in the nail holes. The wood came from an old farmhouse from that same era and the material was wallpaper. It’s now good for another 150 years or more.
Thanks for walking with me and I think we’ll do it again real soon. It’s supposed to be nice for most of the week ahead.
I apologize for the lack of blogging but the weather has really been bad lately and not conducive to taking photos. This morning it was nicer but remains dark for a long time, again making photographing of my wee island town difficult. The sun just starts to break over the horizon at 7:40 and it rises very slowly. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.
Anyway, I did get a couple of photos this morning so get your shoes on and lets got walking!
A friend of mine said that he’s going to decorate his house “Grizwald Lite”. I think I know what he’s talking about. Here are a couple of screen captures from “Christmas Vacation” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.
Here’s “Christmas Lite” and I really like it!
On my way home I swung by the Coupeville Wharf and it looked like the seagulls were having a convention. I wonder what they were all talking about?
With another break in the weather I’ll be back tomorrow or not! Keep your shoes on 😉
These fall days have just been perfect for an early morning walk. It’s chilly but the sunrises have been spectacular. This morning was the capper for the week. The sunrise lasted for the longest time providing lots of photo-ops.
First up, looking across Penn Cove and Saratoga Straits at Mt. Baker basking in the bright pink and orange sunrise.
When I got to the Coupeville Wharf the pinks had turned more yellow but still a beautiful shot of the waterfront.
Just in case you didn’t know, last night we had the “Full Harvest Moon”. I got a couple of pictures of it when it was rising in the east using my cell phone but discovered that it does not take low light pictures worth a darn.
Fortunately the full moon was still shining bright this morning but it was darting in and out of the pink clouds to the west, illuminated by the sunrise. Here’s what it looked like!
With that I’ll wrap up the week and onward to the weekend. I hope you enjoyed walking with me this week and I hope you have a grand weekend!