U.S.A. INDEPENDENCE DAY – July 4, 2018

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.

Capt Joseph Clapp House

These are the condo’s down by the Coupeville Wharf.

Three Flags

My friend Rudy’s beautiful old house.

Rudy's House

I love the big porch on this house. I’d love to sit and swing a while there.

Big Porch

The Zylstra House, 1889.

Zylstra House 1889

The Lovejoy – Parker House, 1886.

Lovejoy-Parker House 1886

The Blue Goose Inn. John & Jane Kineth House, 1887.

Blue Goose

And finally, our front porch!

Porch Flags

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!

SIGNS – June 4, 2018

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.

The Lower Loft Eatery

Here’s a better view of it from the Coupeville Wharf. We’ll have to give it a try and report back to you.

Lower Loft 2

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.

Wharf Sign

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.

Heller St - Front St Lot

Here’s the lot from a Google birds eye view.

Haller - Front Street Lot

And this is what it will look like.

Site Plan

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!

MARAUDING DEER – May 22, 2018

During this morning’s walk I counted eighteen deer marauding the neighborhood. This was looking down Perkins Street just as I left my house.

Deer on Perkins

A little further down the road I got up close and personal with this young buck that was just coming into his horns.

Young Buck

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.

Foggy Tall Ship 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.

Whidbey Health Flowers

That was fun, I really enjoyed your company. I’ll see you again soon.

TALL SHIP AND EAGLE – May 21, 2018

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.

Eagle

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.

Tall Ship Aaft

This is the bow with the masthead.

Tall Ship Bow

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.

Wharf and Tall Ship

I hope this gets your week of to a good start, I know it did mine. I hope to walk with you again soon.

Marine Layer – May 15, 2018

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.

Foggy Wharf

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.

Suva at Dock

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.

Frank

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.

IT’S OPEN, WOOT – April 25, 2018

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.

Trail Open

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.

Trail 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.

Wharf and Boat

About half way through my walk I spotted one of our rare “White Deer”. This one was roaming with a small herd.

White Deer

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.

FROSTY MORNING – December 6, 2017

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.

Yacht on Penn Cove

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.

Frosty Wharf

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.

Across Penn Cove Fog

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.